Cats, dogs, bunnies and other furry pets tend to shed a lot, and it sticks to furniture and carpets. Regular vacuuming will help you stay on top of this problem, but it won’t get everything. For fur-covered upholstery or linens, here are a couple of tricks:
Wet rubber gloves. Yes, it is that simple. Put on a pair of rubber gloves — the kind used for dishwashing will do just fine! — then dampen them. Run your hands over cushions and fabrics to collect the fur. Watch in satisfaction as it collects. Rinse off in a pail or basin of water, then repeat until fur-free. And wear a mask if you want to avoid getting the sniffles!
Damp sponge or squeegee. If you don’t have a spare pair of gloves on hand, a sponge or squeegee will do just as well. Dampen the sponge and swipe it over any furry surfaces to pick up the fibres. Rinse off the same as the rubber gloves. Keep going until all your upholstery and linens are clean.
Lint roller. Keep one handy, especially for spot cleaning before guests come over. Run it over clothes, couches, pillows, curtains — anywhere fur accumulates. Check your local pet store to see if they have pet-specific rollers available, and replace them as needed.
Vacuum. For the carpet and floor, yes, but for dogs too! Invest in pet-friendly vacuums or accessories, which will run through your dog’s topcoat and gently remove loose fur. Make sure your dog is amenable to the treatment, though — you wouldn’t want someone vacuuming you against your will, either!
Note: it’s important to clean regularly, since more frequent cleaning means less effort, less time, and less mess! Stay on top of the shedding by wiping down as often as you can. Brush your pets routinely, too — it’ll lessen the amount of fur that gets on your furniture and clothes, and acts as some great bonding time too!