Every pet parent knows that awkward moment when you are entertaining guests and a hairy fur bunny dances over to join in the conversation.
Love your pet, but not the hair that it leaves all over your house? Consider these things to make life easier:
1. Choose Your Pet Carefully
It is a fact of life that all pets shed. However, some shed less than others. If you are considering a new pet and health conditions (allergies, asthma) are a consideration, you might check out low-shedding breeds to solve the problem.
2. Grooming Helps
Regular brushing will keep some of hair out of the air and off the floor. A light brushing several times a week will do the trick. Choosing the right brush for the type of coat is an important first step in making grooming a pleasant bonding experience for both pet and owner.
3. Keep Bedding Clean
Bedding should be washed at least weekly and more often during high shedding seasons. To make this chore easier, choose beds with washable covers or use a soft, washable blanket to cover the bed. These blankets can also be helpful for furniture, if needed.
4. Air Quality Alert
Change air filters every 60 days instead of the usual 90 when attempting to keep pet hair to a minimum. Also, using a humidifier is not only helpful for hydration and breathing easier, it makes pet hair less apt to stick to surfaces in your home.
5. Get The Best Tools
Everyone agrees that the most useful item in your pet hair toolbox is a good vacuum cleaner rated for dealing with pet hair. Start high and work toward the floor using attachments for window sills, baseboards and furniture. Use a smooth motion across floors to keep flying hair at a minimum. Robotic floor and smaller hand-held vacuums as well as Swiffer products are good in-between vacuuming alternatives.
For quick fixes on clothing and furniture, some recommend dryer sheets or wrapping tape around a hand with the sticky side out for spot cleaning.
Can you live with your pet and have a hair-free home? Probably not, but they’re totally worth the effort.
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