Spring cleaning? Here's how to get rid of stubborn pet hair
Don't let your pets ruin your home
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Spring is finally here, which means your pets are shedding. Indeed, as the weather turns warmer, many of our animal friends begin to let their winter coats go—and being cooped up inside means loose fur is getting all over your carpets and furniture.
Fear not, for Reviewed as a long history of researching the best ways of getting your home hair free. We’ve done our due diligence on everything from lint rollers to robot vacuums that empty themselves. Today, we’re going to focus on cleaning carpet flooring, furniture, and clothing.
Use this popular brush that pet owners swear by
The most repeated advice that we give is to stop problems before they begin. Good grooming can keep your pet from shedding too much, which is why so many cat and dog owners are fans of the Furminator.
This brush is designed to pass through an animal's topcoat while gently removing loose hair from its undercoat. Its creators claim that it can reduce shedding by up to 90%—which will cut down on the amount of hair that ends up on your upholstery and carpets. If you have a cat, it can also cut down on hairballs!
Brush off your couch wearing a pair of rubber gloves
Whether your pets couch surf while you're not at home, or just shed on long car trips, there's a better solution than covering up your upholstery with ugly covers. Just give your seats the rubber-glove treatment.
You can use regular dishwashing gloves, but if you don't hand wash, then we'd suggest getting something more designed for the task.
Thanks to the unique texture of a rubber glove, all you need to do is run your gloved hands all over your couch or car seats. When you're done, you can brush the hair off the gloves and right into the trash.
Use a pumice stone on the tricky spots
If there's a spot where your cat or dog loves to settle down, it's probably caked in hair. When that hair is matted so hard it's impossible to remove with a vacuum, try scraping a pumice stone over the area. The scratchy texture of pumice helps in removing pet hair out of the carpet fibers. In addition to carpets, this solution works wonders in your car, too.
Throw your clothes in the dryer
Throwing your clothes into the dryer with a bunch of dryer sheets is one way to get unwanted pet hair off your shirts, blouses, pants, and even your socks. However, dryer sheets actually have some pretty harsh chemicals in them.
That's why we like the Budieggs Wool Dryer Balls, which won our best dryer balls roundup. When the balls tumble in the dryer, they create static electricity that attracts pet hair off your clothes. There are a lot of dryer balls on the market, but our testing shows that Budieggs makes the best.
Upgrade your vacuum
If you own a pet, you should also own a good vacuum. At Reviewed, we've tested hundreds of vacuums over the years, and we think the Shark NV752 TruePet is the best vacuum for getting rid of pet hair from furniture and carpets.
In fact, it came out on top of our roundup of the best vacuums cleaners for pet hair. It’s combination of power and versatility landed it the top spot.
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