7 Tips For Getting Rid Of Pet Hair In Your Home

Author: Daisy

According to PDSA, 51% of UK homes have a pet. Meaning, that 51% of UK home struggle with getting rid of pet hair.

As lovely as our pets are, their love comes at a cost.

It’s difficult to stop your pets from climbing on the furniture, rubbing up against your clothing, or shedding their hair on your carpets.

In fact, we can sometimes be guilty of encouraging it. Who doesn’t love to cuddle up on their sofa with their favourite furry pal?

But, like we said, this comes at a cost.

Pet hair is one of the most difficult things to rid from carpets and other fabrics. It seems to have this magical ability which makes it stick to our clothing and cushions, and doesn’t want to leave.

Which, puts you in a difficult position. It’s not like you can shave your pets and get rid of their fur, but simultaneously you can’t keep turning up to your important Monday meetings with cat hair all down your tie.

So, what do you do?

Never fear. At Laundry Revolutions we have put together some expert tips for getting rid of pet hair in your home.

And, as always, if you don’t have the time or knowhow to do this – we can always help! With our excellent 24 hour service, we can laundry and dry clean your clothing and household items with ease.

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1. Designate a Spot For Your Pet To Sit On

Firstly, you’re going to want to take preventative steps when it comes to getting rid of pet hair.

Pet hair mess is somewhat inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things you can do to try and reduce the amount.

And, one of the best things you can do for getting rid of pet hair is to use a designated blanket or pillow for your pet.

Perhaps your dog has a favourite spot on the sofa that they like to curl up on at the end of the day. Or, maybe your cat loves to sleep at the bottom of your bed in the corner.

No matter where it is, using a pillow or blanket to cover up this spot makes it easier to tackle when it comes to cleaning.

Rather than having to lift up the whole cushion to take off the cover and clean, you can just pick up your dog’s blanket and throw it in the wash.

Not only does this limit the transferring of hair onto the rest of the sofa, and makes it easier for when you clean, but also means that if you ever have a guest over you don’t have to worry about that spot on the sofa.

Simply, just take off the blanket and it’s as good as new!

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2. Regularly Groom Your Pets

Another preventative measure you can take to prevent pet hair is to regularly groom your pets. Now this might seem like an obvious one, but we can almost guarantee that if you’re doing it, you’re not doing it enough.

According to PDSA, if you have a long-haired dog breed, they need grooming every day. And, if you have a short-haired dog breed, this grooming is a few times a week.

Now, cats are a little different, considering that they groom themselves. Unless they’re rolled in something unpleasant, you should never really have to bathe your cat.

But if you’re trying to combat their hair, grooming them a few times a week is a good idea. Especially if they’re a long-haired breed.

Make sure that when you’re grooming your pets you use the right kind of brush and equipment. And that you make this part of a routine.

By grooming your pets and pre-emptively getting rid of their fur, you can stop the spreading of it to your furniture and carpet before they get a chance.

Now, this won’t totally eliminate the pet hair you’ll find in your home. But it will certainly reduce it!

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3. Tumble Dry Before You Use Your Washing Machine

Did you know that when you wash clothing or fabrics with pet hair on them, the washing machine is likely going to make the situation worse?

That’s right.

Because when you put clothing through the wash it actually forces the pet hair into the fabric more. This can result in soggy clumps of pet hair, hair which is more difficult to remove from the fibres, and a permanently hairy jumper.

And who wants that?

So, before you decide to put your cushion covers or blankets in the wash – put them in the tumble dryer first!

Whilst this step may seem a little backwards, like conditioning your hair before using shampoo, it actually is more helpful for getting rid of pet hair.

The heat from the tumble dryer along with the spinning of the clothes shakes free the hair from the fabrics. This is even more successful when you use dryer balls or tumble dryer sheets.

Now that you’ve run your clothing through the tumble dryer, remove all the hair from the lint trap, and now put it in the wash.

You’re going to find a lot less hair on your clothing – making for a more successful wash.

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4. Keep Your Washing Machine Clean, Too

But, what do you do if you don’t have a tumble dryer? Or, if you forget this step and throw your clothing straight into the washing machine?

Don’t worry, the washing machine won’t totally ruin your clothing.

You just have to make sure that you regularly clean your washing machine so it’s working at its optimal capacity.

When you wash your clothing, it’s likely that the hair is either going to matt itself to your clothing or get stuck in the inside of your washing machine. Because of this, you have to regularly clean it.

This ensures that you’re not washing your clothes in a dirty machine. In the same way that you wouldn’t wash your dishes in a dirty sink.

But how do you do this?

Using a stiff nylon brush to clean the inside of the drum is a great first step. Hopefully the nylon bristles will shake loose some of the hair, and you’ll be able to take it out.

As well as this, you can also use soda crystals to clean out the inside of your drum. Pouring some into your washing machine directly and then running it on the hottest cycle possible – somewhere around 60 degrees – will kill all the germs left behind from the pet hair.

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5. Use Anti-Static Spray

You’re getting ready for work, putting on your suit and tie, when you suddenly notice that your clothes are covered in pet hair.

Your cat must have gotten into your wardrobe last night! What are you going to do? You don’t have time to put it through the tumble dryer or wash. You need to leave in 10 minutes.

In situations like this, this is where something like an anti-static spray can come in handy.

These can be bought in most stores or places online, and are great for removing pet hair from clothing.

They work by spraying anti-static components over your clothing. This in turn lifts up the pet hair and stops it from sticking to your clothing as much. Meaning that it’s easier for you to pick up with a lint roller or even your own hands.

In fact, you can even make your own anti-static spray if you’re in a rush and haven’t bought one already.

All you need is a spray bottle, some water, and some liquid fabric softener. Mixing the two together will create your very own anti-static spray. Perfect for saving your clothing when you’re in a rush.

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6. Rubber Gloves or a Rubber Brush

What’s the natural enemy of pet hair? Rubber.

Rubber gloves and rubber brushes are great tools for removing pet hair from your clothing as they provide a much needed level of friction which frees the hair from the fabric.

Have you ever tried picking up pet hair with your fingers, only to find you’re actually just brushing it further down your clothing? It can be difficult when you can’t get a good grip on it.

However, using a rubber glove allows you to more easily collect the hair and pick it up.

Similarly, a rubber brush will also do the same for your carpets.

Rubber bristles on a brush will cause some friction amongst your carpet fibres. This, in turn, will allow you to gather the pet hair.

These brushes can be found in most online stores, and are a great way of getting rid of pet hair in your home.

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7. Use a Professional Cleaning Service

We hope that these 6 tips are helpful when it comes to ridding your home of pet hair. There are lots of different things you can do to maintain the cleanliness of your home without having to go to too extreme lengths.

However, if these steps seem like too much work, or if you’re not too sure if you have the time to do them, you can always use a professional dry cleaning service.

At Laundry Revolutions, we offer several services for cleaning and ironing your clothing. We can get rid of almost any stain, and certainly eliminate the pet hair from your clothing.

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