Cats are clean and self-sufficient animals. It’s surprising how much stray hair comes loose from their coats. Once loosened, being thin and light, they’ll make their way into the cracks and crevices of the home or embed themselves into the carpet and your wardrobe.
Controlling cat hair can be motivated by pet allergies, as a courtesy to house guests, or simply for keeping a clean home. Develop a strategy for ridding your home of shedding so it doesn’t become the hairy white elephant in the room.
Machines are here to help
The vacuum is an indispensable tool for catching cat hair, even if your home has hardwood flooring. Vacuuming carpets and rugs more than once a week will prevent a buildup of hair. Use a vacuum that’s designed specifically for pets.
The vacuum will indicate its ability to clean up after pets, and it will often be a pet-friendly version of the regular model. Brooms aren’t most effective at tackling tufts of shed fur. The fur is hard to contain as it tends to move away at the slightest gust. Use a stick vacuum to replace sweeping the floor entirely.
Some vacuums can handle upholstery, but you can also manually remove the hair yourself. The most effective way is by using a slightly wet glove and running your gloved hand along the upholstery. A rubber bristle brush will stick to hairs as they touch, if you’d like to avoid wetting your fabrics. For most stubbornly embedded hairs, use your fingers around the corners of couch cushions and pillows to pull out hair that’s hard to remove.
Get to the source
Grooming your cat can promote cleanliness and prevent fleas. There are a variety of combs and brushes on the market. For best results, use one that’s specifically designed for de-shedding. Also, flea brushes with metal bristles are easier to clean. Brush your pet regularly and catch loose hairs before they fall into the room.
Static makes it sticky
Static attracts the hairs as they float around the home. On fabrics that are delicate, use anti-static spray to dislodge hairs. Try it on window dressings. You can also fill an atomizer with tap water, since that will break the electric bond known as static cling.
Not the fur coat you imagined
Fur will find its way to clothing while it’s being worn, hanging in the closet, and even in the wash. The most common way pet-owners correct the problem of hair on clothing is to use a lint roller. If you find yourself going through rollers by the pack on a regular basis, consider using a homemade solution. Wrap tape around all four fingers on one hand. Any tape that doesn’t leave residue behind will work, which includes clear tape. Duct tape and electrical tape will not. Now run your hand along the fabric. Dispose when no longer sticky.
The problem starts when your clothing is being cleaned. Unless you take your garments to a dry-cleaner, chances are your shirts and pants are already covered in hair when you remove them from the dryer. The first tip for clean clothes is to regularly clean the lint trap. Do not allow a mat of hair to develop, as this is unhygienic, hazardous, and stops your clothes from drying as fast as possible. The second tip is using detergent that targets pet hair.
A serious solution for allergies
If you have a small child with severe allergies to pet hair and dander, consider restricting pet access to certain rooms in the house. For example, make the child’s bedroom off limits to the cat. You may accomplish this by closing the door at all times, whether the child is in the room or not. Consult your doctor or pediatrician if the allergies are serious.
There are self-directed vacuums that run without human supervision. This can save you the hassle of vacuuming daily and frees up your day from home cleaning. These robotic vacuums are very affordable and popular. Even these tiny cleaning units accommodate HEPA filters to prevent the spread of pet dander.
Despite their small stature, they can get to corners and edges where hairs often hide. Some even have a unique feature of identifying favourite pet hangouts, such as where they sleep or favourite sitting spots. These areas are spot treated by thorough vacuuming.
If you opt for this choice, keep a mop using disposable cloths on hand to catch stray hairs. These convenient mops are light and extend your reach to the tops of tall bookcases and shelves.
Anne Flemmings is a very energetic mother of two. Apart from being an interior designer she is interested in the fashion industry. She is an enthusiastic person and believes in living life to its fullest. She writes columns and blogs on various topics and she can be followed on twitter at https://twitter.com/AnneFlemings. In this blog she has given some tips to reduce the amount of cat hair in your house. Everyone who has a cat at home will be facing the problem of cat hair around your home. Anne hopes to help all those with this blog.