All animals (including us humans) are constantly shedding skin cells and hair, and the shedding can vary depending on weather and time of year.
Cleaning up our own hair is no easy task. Having an animal around does not make it any easier, unless it happens to be hairless! Of course, hairless animals like some birds, frogs and fish come with their own cleaning problems too.
Pet hair can get in everywhere, cause allergies, spread bugs, or be just plain yucky, particularly to ‘non-pet’ folks.
Here are a few tips for removing hair from one of the most annoying places that it ends up on, upholstery:
- Velcro curlers have a layer of Velcro, which is super sticky. Rubbing it over the surfaces is a great way to get the bulk of the hair out. Some of these can even be bent to fit into corners.
- Tape is one of the oldest and simplest tools you can use. Use a portion of tape with sticky side facing out to tap on surfaces, and the hair will come right off.
- Rubber brushes and brooms are great at getting hair out of fabric grooves and carpets. An advantage with rubber is that it generates static electricity and hair will stick onto it. Gloves, shoes with rubber soles, or inflated balloons work the same way. Using slightly damp rubber helps even more, because hair tends to get a little heavier and comes off easier.
Regular bristle brushes and brooms are a tried and trusted way to brush hair from all kinds of upholstery. Using slightly harder bristles helps because they do not bend easily and will do the job consistently.
- Sponges and damp rags work well too. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly before re-using!
- Fabric softener sheets are designed to pick up thin cloth fibers in the washing machine. These work great for picking up fine hair particles as well.
- For those of you in the habit of using hairspray, this product can help too. A damp cloth with a bit of hairspray on it happens to be a ‘hair-magnet’, although it may leave things a bit sticky if you use too much!
- Perhaps the simplest tip of the lot… wet palms! Try running a damp (not wet) palm across a surface – the hair will ball up and stick. This also overcomes any static electricity in certain materials that work against you.
- There are also a couple of neat off-the-shelf products that are available and perfect for this task. The Scotch-Brite pet hair remover from 3M is great for upholstery and includes cleaning sheets which need replacing. ‘Fur-Zoff‘ is another fantastic product that offers a lifetime guarantee and is made of environmentally-friendly, recycled materials. It has a textured surface and does not need any replacement parts.
- Finally, regular vacuuming with a proper pet vacuum not only helps get rid of pesky pet hair, but also prevents it from building up and getting into hard-to-reach places.
Getting rid of pet hair from upholstery may be pesky business, but quite doable and satisfying once it’s all done and over with.