Sunday, April 15, 2012
Removing Pet Hair From Your Clothes
If you have a dog or cat, you know that pet hair can be a problem. Black pants are not an option if you own a white dog or cat because their hair sticks to your new pants and won't let go.
Generally pet hair is best kept off through prevention. Hang clothes up immediately after laundering. Put a towel on the seat of the car where the dog sits and don;t let Fido on the furniture. Here are a few more tips:
Getting Rid of Hair from the source:
Treat the source. Give the little shedder a table spoon or so of CORN oil every day. Much less if he's a little dog. A lab can have a table spoon, a toy dog maybe a teaspoon. It keeps their coat healthy and keeps them from shedding as much. If corn oil bothers you little guy, then try safflower oil. (from ask a vet, found here)
Remember :Your dog should only really shed excessively when their coat is changed...summer and winter....It is a sign of poor nutrition if they shed more than that, so you might want to have excessive shedding checked by a vet.
Also, brush the dog, its not yours, but no one complains because someone is brushing their dog. Brush it every day. It causes blood to reach the skin, nourishing the hair and keeping it healthy so it doesn't fall out as often.
Get one of those rubber brooms, the one that you see "AS SEEN ON TV" at Walmart. (I got one from the Dollar Store and it works fine.) They are EXCELLENT for pulling (you pull not push across the carpet) all the hair out of the carpet.
Massaging your pet all over with damp rubber gloves will get rid of loads of dog hair.
A damp cloth rubbed over clothes and carpets will remove most of the hairs..but its a slow process. A Lint Brush works the same way.
For a cheaper solution, you can use duct tape or any type of thick, sticky tape to remove pet hair from your clothing. Using either a rubber dish washing glove, leather glove, damp sponge, or damp microfiber cloth, just swipe the clothing, then on stubborn spots rub gently in a circular motion and this will get all the hairs as well as superficial dirt/dust
Use Bounce dryer sheets that help repel lint and hair. They seem to work fairly well.
It is also an excellent idea to hang your clothing or fold it and put it away. Pets often enjoy snuggling with clothing, especially when it is warm and freshly washed.
I've found that using a water mister on my hands or the surface to be de-haired, helps the fur cling to my hands as I roll the hair off into balls. They sell rubber "pet" brushes, but I found that a rubber squeegee and mister can remove lots of hair fast from a large area.
A vacuum is your best option. Yes, a vacuum. I have a vacuum targeted for pet hair removal, but, any vacuum will still work. Before I got the pet vacuum, I used the "arm" attachment and weighted down the clothing with books while I vacuumed off the hair. This worked for stubborn pet hair or a quick way to remove it if you don't have time to peel of hundreds of lint roller sheets. You could even use one of those mini-vacuums or a hand-held vacuum. This worked great on my furniture and bedsheets, too!
Pet hair is more of a problem in cars with cloth seats. Draping the seat with a towel or sheet is the easiest way to prevent hair from working its way into the seat. If practical, keep your pet in a carrier when traveling in the car.