If you have a pet, fur is going to be a reality. True, some breeds shed less than others. In dogs, poodles, schnauzers, and hairless dogs tend to shed less. With cats, the sphinx tends to shed the least. However, even those dogs which are light shedders still have dog dandruff and will shed a little bit. It is vital to make sure to clean pet fur from your carpet. Those who are allergy prone can have problems if pet fur gets embedded in the carpet. Pet fur can attract dust and mites (pet dander also attracts these). Fur is also unpleasant to look at and can make a house feel messy. However, here are step-by-step directions to help clear your home of pet hair.
Steps to Cleaning Pet Fur From Your Carpet
1. First of all, groom your dog to help prevent more fur from getting in the carpet.
If you have a long-haired dog with a double coat, use both a grooming rake and then a regular brush. The rake gets the fur underneath the coat and then the brush allows you to grab the fur. It may take twenty to thirty minutes for all the hair to come loose, especially during peak shedding seasons in the fall and spring. For poodles and terriers, be sure to have a professional groomer clip your dog every 4-6 weeks. Most short-haired breeds need a quick go-over with a hound glove. You can also give your pet a bath and then bathe him or her and then groom them later.
2. A vacuum is the best tool a pet parent can have in the fight against pet Hair.
It can be helpful to find a vacuum that specifically picks up pet fur. Many have brushes and attachments that can help pick up fur. First, find places that pet fur tends to gather such as in corners, on stairs, and on upholstery. Use a special brush to vacuum these spaces (many vacuums have attachments). Make sure to empty the vacuum after you go over an area so that you can pick up more fur. You should go over an area more than once, two or three times is ideal.
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3. After going over the floor regularly there are other tricks you can try.
First, you can try using fabric softener. To do this, you need the vacuum cleaner, fabric softener, water, and a spray bottle.
- Mix one part fabric softener to three parts water in a spray bottle
- Lightly mist the carpet (do not saturate it!)
- Let the carpet dry
4. Use Baking Soda: You can sprinkle the carpet lightly with baking soda.
After sprinkling the baking soda, let it sit for a few moments. You then can vacuum the floor normally. This has the added benefit of making the room smell fresh and clean!
5. To help pick up stray fur, you can use a balloon and run it across the carpet.
The static electricity will pick up fur. This can be especially useful in hard-to-reach areas such as corners.
6. A pair of rubber shoes can help: Grab a pair of shoes, such as rubber boots.
You can wash the shoes so you do not have to worry about getting dirt on the floor. When you have the shoes on, walk on the carpet like you are a snow plough. The fur will begin to ball up underneath your feet. You can then use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the fur. This tip comes from Tuxedo Cat (source).
7. Rubber Gloves:
Wearing a pair of rubber gloves is another idea to help remove stubborn pet fur. After you put on the gloves, thoroughly run your hands over the carpet and pet fur will begin to accumulate. You can vacuum the carpet to get up the pet fur. Also, to remove pet fur from the gloves, submerge then in a tank full of hot water.
8. Use a Carpet Rake:
A carpet rake is a tool that allows you to more thoroughly go over the carpet, especially those with longer fibers such as shag carpet. The rake should be dragged along the total length of the carpet to grab as much fur as possible. You can then use the vacuum to get up loose fur.
9. Lint Rollers:
Lint rollers are an excellent tool to help remove pet fur! You can use them either before or after vacuuming. Lint rollers are very effective at helping you clean smaller surfaces.
You can buy a humidifier to increase moisture levels and humidity levels and keep pet fur from clinging to the carpet.
Will I Need Any Special Tools?
It is possible to vacuum pet fur without any special attachments. However, many vacuums, especially those made to help get up pet fur already come with attachments. If you have carpeted stairs, a brush attachment is useful. Many vacuums include a scrubbing attachment to help get up ground in pet fur as it will ball it up and make it easier to vacuum up. After you have vacuumed, it is imperative to empty it. If you have a bag-type vacuum, the bag will need to be disposed of once it’s full. Some vacuums allow you to dump the contents.
It is also a good idea to add baking soda to help minimize the pet smell (one tablespoon should be enough). Pet hair also contains static electricity which can cling inside hoses and other attachments, so be sure to clean these thoroughly to keep them clog free and to be sure you have the best suction.
Be sure to vacuum spots where your pet spends time such as pet beds or furniture to help fur from accumulating back into the furniture. Some of the methods already mentioned can be used on these areas. By following these steps, you should be able to get the pet fur out from your carpet.