If you’re a pet owner, you likely know the struggles of removing pet hair from your home. Although you may love your cat or dog, finding clumps of hair on your clothing and of the floor can be an ongoing nuisance. However, it can be more disconcerting to see your beloved pet’s hair floating in the air and knowing that you and the people in your home may be breathing allergens and other particles that get trapped in pet hair.
Why Pets Shed
Your pets naturally lose old or damaged hair by way of shedding. Although shedding is common for dogs and cats, the amount is often dependent on breed (a Great Pyrenees, for example, will shed much more than a Yorkshire Terrier). The seasons can also play a role in shedding, especially if your pet spends time outdoors. He or she will likely grow a thicker coat during winter months, which will shed in the spring. Other factors like anxiety or poor nutrition can also cause your pet to shed excessively.
Unfortunately, all this hair often ends up on the carpet or floor, on furniture and clothing, and can even end up in the air. In addition to being a source of irritation (no one wants to show up to a nice dinner covered in cat hair), it can make your home less clean and have negative effects on your health. If you or anyone who regularly visits your home suffers from allergies, the airborne hair can exacerbate symptoms and cause a lot of discomfort.
Removing Pet Hair from the Air
Luckily, there are several easy steps you can take to remove pet hair from the air to support your health and minimize allergens in your home. Follow the tips below for a healthy, pet hair-free home!
One of the easiest ways to remove pet hair from the air is by regular vacuuming. In addition to carpets and floors, make sure to tackle areas like under the bed, windowsills, upholstered furniture, and other places where pet hair tends to accumulate. Regular vacuuming means that pet hair is less likely to float into the air or settle on you and your furniture.
It’s important to choose the best vacuum for your needs — hardwood floors and carpets often require different settings or types of vacuums. A sturdy vacuum with a HEPA filter can be ideal for removing pet hair and keeping it from clogging the air.
Clean Using Rubber Gloves
One of the best tricks for removing pet hair that gathers on furniture and floors is by donning a pair of rubber gloves and brushing the hair away. Pet hair will stick to the rubber gloves and will allow you to roll it into a ball and throw it away. This technique is perfect for windowsills, the tops of furniture, and for hard-to-reach areas that your vacuum may not be able to get to.
If you don’t have rubber gloves, you can substitute a dry sponge or even duct tape to pick up wayward pet hairs.
If you let your pets sleep on your bed, hair can accumulate there as well, and if you toss and turn while sleeping, more hair can be released into the air. Wash your bedding regularly to make sure that hair is contained and that hair doesn’t build up in your pet’s favorite napping spot. If your pet spends a significant part of the day on the bed, you can also lay a blanket over your bedding during the day to minimize the amount of laundering you have to do.
Regular Grooming and Brushing
While your pet will likely shed no matter what you do, having him or her regularly groomed and brushed will do wonders for keeping your air free of pet hair. You can also brush and bathe your pet yourself — just make sure to do it in an outdoor area or a space that can be easily cleaned afterwards. Your local pet store likely sells a variety of brushes for different coat styles, so you can easily find the best one to fit your needs. Combining daily brushing with monthly grooming can also be a great way to reduce pet hair in the air.
Change Your Air Filter
Of course, one of the best ways you can remove pet hair from the air is by regularly changing your air filters. Air filters will help to keep pet hairs from wafting through the air and irritating your nose and throat, and will allow less of the allergens in pet dander to invade your home. If you’re not sure which air filter to purchase, check out our guide to the best air filters for pet owners. You’ll breathe easier knowing that you’re not inhaling your pet’s hair with every breath!
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