- Regular grooming, including bathing your pets, will interrupt loose fur supply at the source - meaning you can catch those hairs before they fall.
- Pet shops have a range of rubber aids for hair management - it's worth investing in something like a rubber mitt, so that you can stroke your pet and gather hair at the same time!
- Accept that regular cleaning is necessary to keep a home free of pet hair.
We love our four-legged friends, but most of us are less enthusiastic about reaching for a towel that is full of pet hair. Pets continue to moult and hair can fly everywhere in the shedding season, so here’s how to manage the flow:
- Brooms, rubber hand brushes and upholstery hair removers all help get the hair off the floor and furniture and into the bin liner. Pet experts recommend rubber for its hair-gathering, static-cling qualities.
- Pat your pet with a rubber mitt, combining affection and hair gathering in one. When hair gathers on the surfaces in your home, don a pair of rubber gloves and use them to collect the fur.
- For clothing full of fur, shake it out to get rid of loose hair, then tumble in the dryer with no heat for 10 minutes to collect as much hair as possible in the lint filter. Then wash the clothes with Surf. Add some Comfort fabric softener, as this is thought to help reduce the static that makes pet hair cling to garments. It should make them easier to iron later too. Tumble dry afterwards, making sure that the lint filter is emptied often.
- If bed coverings are full of pet hair, get as much off with rubber gloves as you can, then launder with Surf, and add some fabric softener. Tumble dry the blankets, with regular cleaning of the lint filter to remove hair as it gathers. After washing lots of hairy blankets it might be a good idea to run a quick cycle to clean the machine and wipe it out with a cloth to ensure there are no strands left behind that can stick to anything else.