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Tips For Removing Pet HairContributions from wikihow

Hair from the dog or cat that you love can be very frustrating when it finds its way into your clothes, carpeting and upholstery. Don't get mad your favorite animal though. This article provides information on how to remove pet hair from almost any surface.

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1)         Use a wet hand. Lightly dampen the palm of your hand. Wipe the pet hair off in a downward motion. The hair will ball up and stick to your damp hand. This works because the hair becomes wet, therefore heavier. This results in it being unable to fly back to your pants (or whatever surface you're dealing with) in response to static electricity.

2)         Barely dampen a clean, regular kitchen sponge.  tAll floors should be thoroughly vacuumed first. Rub the fabric, upholstery, or carpet (low pile) with the sponge. The fur should roll up into clumps that you can pick off by hand. Try carpet cleaning from the Best Boulder Carpet Cleaner, 80301.

3)         Put on a latex glove. Rub the surface with it on. The pet hair should stick to your glove. I learned this trick from an upholstery cleaning client. I love it when you teach me new things! This also works with rubber gloves or cloth gardening gloves with a rubber coating on the palm. A rubber bristle push broom can work in the same way on floors. Dampen the glove or rubber section of the glove for increased effectiveness.

4)         Inflate a balloon. Ever se your kids stick balloons to their hair by rubbing them? Rub a baloon across the surface that has pet hair on it. The static on the balloon's surface will attract the hair (and works on yours, too!), which you can collect and then re-use the balloon to get more hair.

5)         Rub velcro curlers on the surface to catch the hair. If the curler has a metal inner form, it can be bent to reach corners.

6)         Apply fabric softener. A fabric softener sheet that normally goes in the dryer can be used to pick up pet hair. You can also mist the surface with a mixture of fabric softener and water to "prep" the area before removing the pet hair using any of the other methods.

7)         Consider preventive measures. Place your clothing in an area isolated from your pets or groom them regularly to reduce the amount of loose hair on them. You should also vacuum carpets and furniture regularly, and wash the throw rugs and linens that the pets have contact with. Professionally cleaning carpet also helps.  Try the Best Boulder Carpet Cleaner, 80301.

8)         Use tape. You can use sellotape, masking tape or even duct tape to peel off some fur. Just wrap some around your hand with the sticky, adhesive part sticking out and tap it on the fur-covered areas.

9)         Use a rubber broom. This is effectively for especially stubborn pet hair that sticks to a surface. The bristles work with static electricity and the hair jumps onto the brush.

10)         Vacuum your pet. Yes, this is safe to do! Use the brush tool attachment on the vacuum cleaner and work it all over your pets body.  Warning: Your pet may not like you very much after you do this! : )

11)      Good diet and proper grooming will significantly reduce your pet's shedding and help prevent flaking skin and hair loss related to improper nutrition. Also, feeding them a skin and coat supplement can do wonders for shedding.

12)      Never bathe a dog more than once a month (less often for some breeds) or it will become dry and shed/dander more.

13)      Dogs with untreated allergies often leave more hair and dander on furniture.