How to Control Pet Hair

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How to control pet hair in your home—it’s a problem that homeowners have faced ever since the first wolf puppy wandered into a cave and curled up beside the fire. Whether your beloved dog or cat has short hair or long hair, shedding on furniture, floors, and clothing can be annoying, embarrassing, and disgusting. I have both a short-haired little-mixed breed dog and a long-haired golden retriever. My little one-eyed dog, Josie, doesn’t shed as much as the bigger one. But she does leave tiny hairs all over the sofa and on my shirts. My golden, Seamus, poses a much bigger shedding challenge. In the springtime, he can leave tumbleweeds of golden fur under tables and in corners. Staying on top of the problem requires a multi-pronged approach, including constant grooming. If you have a similar problem, Castle Keepers House Cleaning has some great suggestions that can help. Special thanks to Janice Stewart for her research.

14 Ways to Control Dog or Cat Hair

  1. Brush your pet often. A quick brushing outside or in the garage daily, or a good brushing two to three times a week will cut down on fur bombs in your house.
  2. If your pooch or kitty has a favorite piece of furniture, cover it with a washable slipcover or blanket. When choosing new furniture, consider buying leather. You can vacuum it more easily.
  3. Bathe your pet with a tear-free dog or cat shampoo. See this article from for how often is appropriate.
  4. Professional grooming every four to six weeks will cut down on pet hair.
  5. If you can’t afford a groomer, try minor trimming at home. has some grooming tips. Check out the YouTube videos below from eHow and Wahl for how to clip your dog.
  6. Pet hair can clog up an HVAC filter fast, so change your filters monthly. This won’t reduce pet hair but will help improve the efficiency of your system and may extend its life.
  7. A dog or cat bed with washable covers can help keep your pet off of your furniture.
  8. Did you know that some vacuum cleaner manufacturers, such as Bissell, make models especially for pet hair? If your old vacuum isn’t cutting it, consider buying one designed to tackle this problem.
  9. If you’re shopping for carpet, try to choose a color that makes the pet hairless obvious. A black dog and a white carpet, for example, is a bad idea.
  10. Keep lint brushes or rollers in your car, in your desk at work, and around your house for quick touch-ups.
  11. If you don’t have a lint roller handy, just wrap duct tape or packing tape around your hand (sticky side out).
  12. Rubber gloves (slightly wet)—rub your gloved hand along the upholstery and watch the pet hair come up. Then wipe your gloved hand with a paper towel and throw the fur away.
  13. Professional grooming brushes such as the Furminator do a great job at removing loose hair.
  14. A special pet hair broom like the FURemover has a rubber surface. It slides the pet hair across the floor instead of flinging it in the air like a standard broom.

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