Although living with your own pet can greatly improve your day-to-day happiness, it can present some challenges that can be frustrating to deal with. In particular, hair from your furry pets can seem to get everywhere, and removing it from your carpets and upholstery can be difficult.
Thankfully, there are some tricks that you can employ to make the task of cleaning up after your pet much simpler.
- Regular Vacuuming: Despite seeming like an obvious solution, regularly vacuuming your home can help you stay on top of pet hair buildup. For the best results on carpet, consider purchasing an upright vacuum as opposed to a canister model, as this type of vacuum has a rotating brush head which can help pick deeply embedded hairs in your carpet’s pile. Some manufacturers even make pet-specific models of vacuums, which feature self-cleaning heads and increased suction.
- Kitchen sponges: Your run-of-the-mill kitchen sponge surprisingly can be an effective tool to pick up pet hair. Use it while dry, and run it over the surface of your carpet. The porous nature of the sponge makes it an effective tool to catch debris with.
- Carpet rakes: A carpet rake is a handy tool that you run across the surface of your carpet, much like a garden rake. In addition to removing pet hairs, the carpet rake will also stand up the pile of your carpet, renewing its appearance.
- Window squeegee: A window squeegee with a rubber edge can be used to pick up pet hair. After running it over your carpet, the hair will pile up in a way that makes it easy to remove with a vacuum or by hand.
- Lint roller: More effective for furniture or clothing, a lint roller can be a handy tool to have around. Hairs will cling to the roller after its use, making it a convenient option for a quick, touch-up cleaning.