Hair, hair, everywhere. Many pet owners start to realize the hairy situation they've gotten themselves into as the doggie hair dust bunnies roll on by as they walk through any room of their house. Rustle up those hairy beasts with a few helpful tricks.
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Pet hair loves to stick to floors and carpets. Use a long-handled carpet brush to remove large clumps of dog hair. You will probably have to stop several times to remove the hairs from the bristles and throw them away. Run your vacuum over the carpet to pick up residual hair. Use the hose and attachments to pick hair up from stairs, as well as under the fridge and the furniture.
Anything with a static cling will grab the attention of those hairs that are clutching to your furniture and clothing. Rubbing latex or rubber gloves across a surface will grab pet hair. Do this with wet or dry gloves. Garden gloves with rubber nubs work, too. Rubber pet hair brushes also pick up hair nicely when it is rubbed in short strokes over the surface of your furniture or clothing. If you're in a pinch, even a blown-up latex balloon will do the trick if you rub it across the hairy surface.
Grab a sponge mop and dampen it slightly. Drag it along low-pile carpeting and rugs to grab dog hair. Pick the hair off of the mop regularly and throw it away as you go. A regular household sponge that is slightly dampened will also work for furniture. Make sure that whatever sponge product you use is clean. Since they are relatively inexpensive, you could have one specifically set aside for this purpose.
To help loosen tough-to-remove hair that is sticking to your carpet, sprinkle some baking soda on it. This powder will lubricate the hair strands to help loosen the pet hair's grip on the carpet fibers. It will also help suck up odors and help the carpet smell better.
Brush your dog regularly. Daily brushing is ideal, but make sure you brush at least once a week. This not only cuts down on the amount she sheds and leaves everywhere around the house, it also removes dirt, bugs and debris from her coat. She will look better, too.
By Susan Revermann
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Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.