Although pets are the loveliest members of every family, there several problems that a having a pet can cause. Mostly the issues are common for dog and cat owners because their darling shed their hair twice a year.
Well, to be honest, dogs and cats shed the hair during the whole year but not during some periods. I can affirm this as the owner of a pair of beautiful collies and one Persian cat. So, as the owner of the long-haired animals, I can give some bits of advice on how to clean your carpets and rugs from pet hair.
During my life’s experience I found out five most efficient methods on doing that, and I’m ready to share them right now.
How to get rid of pet hair on your carpet?
Yes, vacuuming is the most efficient method of cleaning and the only thing you need to do anyway unless you give your carpet to the dry-cleaning. A good vacuum cleaner with a powerful motor and great suction is an excellent helper. I personally vacuum twice a week, and I have a long pile and shaggy carpets in the living room and bedroom.
If you notice that your vacuum cleaner is not that efficient as you were waiting from it, have the concern to change it. Not every vacuum cleaner fits pet hair, especially on the rug pile. Some of the vacuum cleaners have too weak motor to do such work. You have to find a device with enough suction power and soft design for not to fear your pet and not to destroy the carpet. I myself use Roomba for pet hair ― it is a robotic device.
It works autonomously due to the schedule. A number of brushes and beautiful power allow it to vacuum all the dirt, soil and, of course, pet hair. So, the first tip is; clean your rugs regularly; but before make sure that you have the right type of the vacuum cleaner.
If you see that your vacuum does not work properly, here, you are the other tip. It is the rubber gloves. Rubber is an excellent material for cleaning. The method is quite simple; you put on the glove, wet it a bit and begin to gather the hair up from the carpet fibers.
Some hair will stick to the glove, but most of them will be gathered in the little bunch which you can easily vacuum afterward. Although I have a good vacuum cleaner for pet hair, I often use rubber gloves under the furniture and in the areas where vacuum cleaner cannot reach.
Baking soda is a very efficient method of carpet cleaning not only when you want to get rid of pet hair. Soda also can remove stains and bad odor. I use baking soda every month during the general cleaning.
How do I use it?
I strew the soda powder all over the carpet with a very tiny layer, wet it with warm (note: warm) water through the sprayer, and make a deep vacuuming on the highest level afterward. Some people vacuum the baking soda straight after they strew it. I insist on using a slight wetting before you use the vacuum cleaner. Soda comes into the reaction with warm water and will remove all the stains, soil, dust, and odors.
You can ask why don’t I use some chemicals for carpet cleaning instead of baking soda? So, the answer is quite simple; soda is safe powder. We use it in the food industry without any consequence. So, it is safe both for the carpet and the pet. Chemicals maybe won’t damage the rug, but they can hurt your pet, especially a cat, because cats wash their paws with their tongue. So, if you want your pets to be safe, use baking soda instead of the chemicals.
This method works in the same way as the rubber gloves. You collect the pet hair in the fibers of your carpet and vacuum them afterward.
I used to clean the carpets from pet hair with a sponge until I had the rubber gloves. So, if you have a pair of rubber gloves, forget about sponge mopping; but remember that sponge mopping is quite good in local stains removal. For example, you can strew the baking soda on the stain, wet it with warm water, and then collect all the dirt with a wet sponge. I can assure you; you will like the result.
A Sticky Roller
A sticky roller is an ancient and very efficient method to remove pet hair not only from carpets but also from other fabric and material. I’m still using on the wall hangings (I have several in the living room).
The sticky roller is suitable for fabric and short pile but entirely inefficient on the shaggy carpets, for it damages the piles. Besides, a sticky roller can leave its gluey consistency on the rug. This consistency can become a stain that will be hard to remove several days later. So, use a sticky roller very carefully. Try not to use in on the shaggy and long pile carpets.
So, now you know the most useful methods on removing pet hair. I get these methods from my life’s experience and can assure you that they work perfectly when you use them correctly.
I also want to pay attention to the chemicals that are used to clean the carpets. If you have pets, try to reduce the chemical use because it can be very unsafe for your pet.