Pet Hair Removal

This article describes effective techniques and small changes in your habits to keep your home and clothing free of pet hair.

Fido and Fluffy are great friends. So it's lucky that you carry pieces with them wherever you go, right? Wrong. Pet hair can overtake carpets and turn a smart outfit into a fast embarrassment.

* First, don't bring home Nanook of the North if you have no time to talk to him. If you have no time to talk to or pet your cat or dog, you will have no time to tidy up. Keeping pet mess under control is easy, but it's not that easy. Choose an animal that fits your free time.

* Brush your cat or dog. Even shorthaired pets need brushing. Ask your veterinarian what type of brush will suit your animal's coat best. If you brush your animal, you control where the hair lands. Therefore, you make sure it lands right in the trash.

* Pets that are brushed frequently are easier to brush. Not only do they like it more, but you won't have to deal with mats or tangles. You'll prevent them.

* Brush your animal outside, if you can. If you can't, try to do it on a hard floor. Post grooming clean up is easier on a hard surface than on a soft.

* Because, yes, you will need to clean up after you groom your animal. The goal is to control where the hair lands.

* Vacuum regularly. Just as importantly, check the filters and bags on your vacuum. If you don't vacuum regularly, hair can clog the vacuum's beater and wear down the motor. The healthier your vacuum is, the more hair that goes into it.

* Vacuum the furniture too. Dust critters love to hide in cracks between cushions.

* If at all possible, empty vacuum dust collectors and remove full bags outdoors.

* Clean hard wood floors too. Try a dust mop or one of the new sweeper products. They're very effective at grabbing hair and lint.

* Empty the lint traps on your washer and dryer with every load. Empty lint traps capture more lint and animal hair than full ones.

* Invest in a pet-hair remover. One effective one is a roll of tape wound tacky side out. It comes on a roller, and the tape tears off. It can be used to roll over furniture and clothes. They're inexpensive to stash one in each bath and bedroom, and also in cars and briefcases.

* Keep your animals off the furniture.

* If you feel to mean chasing your darling off the couch, encourage him to nest in a specific place. To do so, reward them with treats, a good view, comfort, and lots of praise.

* Place washable items in your pets nesting areas. If necessary, cover them with old sheets or blankets. You're more likely to clean the dog bed if it has a removable cover that doesn't require fancy cleaning.

Listed one by one, these tips sounds like a lot. Most of them, however, just require small adjustments to your habits. If you don't want to do it for yourself, do it for your cat or dog. They'll like a clean, stylish home too.

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