How to Clean Up Animal Fur - dummies

By Gill Chilton

All pet owners know that a war against fur is not an easy one and is difficult to clean. A quality vacuum cleaner is an essential tool in your campaign to lift pet hair from your home. If anyone in the household is asthmatic or has allergies, get a vacuum with a high-grade filter. The filter helps keep the microscopic allergens sucked up by the vacuum safely inside the machine.

Use the upholstery tool on your cleaner to suction hairs off sofas and curtains. But don’t bother with those gadgets that use an adhesive roller to lift up hairs. You’ll be there all day. To rid your clothing of pet hair, wrap a circle of wide adhesive tape around your fingers, sticky side out, and dash up and down your clothes, pressing the tape smartly against the fabric.

Pay attention to the bottom of your legs where your pet may have brushed against you. The fur sticks to the tape, leaving your clothes smart again.

For chairs, beds, and blankets (or anywhere your pet sits), brush the area wearing a wet rubber glove. Use your fingers to get right into the corners of cushions. Afterwards, simply rinse the gloves under the tap to remove fur. (Remember to scoop this out of the plughole [drain] and drop it into the bin.)

Groom your cat and dog outdoors, to minimise airborne skin particles that contribute to allergies. Get loose fur off a moulting cat or dog by rubbing over its body whilst wearing damp rubber gloves. Metal flea combs make good grooming brushes for cats. They’re quicker to use and clean than traditional wood and soft-bristle brushes.

Rub off mud and dirt from your dog using a damp towel. If it’s cold, follow up with a rubdown with a warm one, straight from the tumble dryer or a radiator.

Go with the flow. If you’ve a Dalmatian, buy cream or beige carpets, and avoid dark floor coverings and seating. Black Labrador owners should do the reverse.