Removing animal fur from the sofa can seem like an uphill battle. Luckily, you don't have to get down on your hands and knees and collect pieces of fur by hand. Here are five clever ways to get rid of annoying cat and dog hair once it's unleashed in your home.
1. Try the rubber glove trick
This is perhaps one of the Internet's best kept secrets. All you have to do is put on a pair of rubber gloves, run your hands under water then get to cleaning. Run your gloved hand over the sofa or skim the floor, your office chair, the bookshelf and anywhere else that your pets sprawl out. Leave no piece of fur-niture untouched.
2. Use static electricity
On any given day, static electricity is your worst enemy. You can barely make it to the office without rubbing your head against a down feather jacket, leaving random strands of hair standing straight up on your head. However, in this case, you can use static electricity to your advantage. Blow up a balloon and rub it all over your furniture. You'll see that it collects pieces of your pet's fur, and maybe even a few other piece of lint.
3. Vacuum the dog
Instead of trying to remove the fur from the furniture, just get loose strands off of your pet. According to Cats of Australia, you can actually vacuum the pooch so long as you purchase a vacuum that's designed for that purpose. It may be worth the investment considering your furniture is on the line here.
4. Squeegee hard to reach places
If you don't already have one, invest in a squeegee. Similar to how the rubber glove trick works, a little moisture and a rubbery surface are all it takes to get up pesky pet hair. Use this technique for awkward places in your home, like corners of the room, under the sofa and table and any other spots that are high, low or too tight to reach.
5. Sponge it up
Before you throw away that old sponge, put it to one last good use. Run it under hot water, apply some soap and then slide it across the floor under the couch and bed where your pup or cat hides to remove any loose furs, suggested Martha Stewart magazine. Throw the sponge out when you're done!
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