I don’t know about you, but keeping the fur off of clothing,
furniture and the floor is a never-ending battle at our house. I’m
guessing it’s the same way at yours. Over the years, though, I’ve picked
up a few
fur-busting tips that will help you out if you live with a Fur-rench
Bulldog or other hairy housemate.
Brush and Cover
1 . Don't duck your grooming responsibilities.
Giving your dog
or cat a quick one-minute brushing outdoors or in the garage every day
will save time and effort spent dusting, sweeping and vacuuming every
week. With a little hair off the dog (or cat) at a time and place of your choosing, you’ll soon see a reduction in the number of fur bombs you find around the house.
Bonus: Your cat won’t hack up as many hairballs for you to step on before you’re fully awake in the morning.
2.. Use washable slipcovers to protect your furniture
Nobody wants to sit on a sofa covered in pet hair — not you, not me,
not your guests. Invest in a few furniture covers specifically made for
the purpose — I’ve seen great ones at Costco — or even use some old
sheets. As needed, toss ’em in the laundry and replace with a clean one.
Remove them when your mother-in-law visits and voila! Clean furniture.
3 . Use throw rugs to protect floors and carpets
Place rugs strategically so they gather the lion’s share of pet fur and
help prevent it from spreading throughout the house. You should also
have one at each doorway to the outdoors to catch the dust, dirt and
debris your pet brings in on his feet and fur. Choose machine-washable
rugs with nonskid backing; they’re easy and inexpensive to replace when
they become stained or worn out.
4 . Keep paws clean
After my dogs
have been outdoors, I wipe their feet with a microfiber hand mitt
before I let them into the rest of the house. I’m always amazed at how
quickly the mitts get dirty, but that just means the rest of the house
is staying clean.
5. Cover up your pets
a bath or brushing, dress him in that cute T-shirt you got for him in
Vegas — the one that says “Rub my belly for good luck.” If he wears it
between grooming sessions, it will help keep the fur on him and off your
There are more tools for lifting fur than you can shake a stick at.
Think electrostatic cloths such as Swiffers that pick up hair from
hardwood or tile floors, the classic lint roller for removing hair from
clothes, and the many vacuum cleaners by Bissell, Dirt Devil and Dyson
designed specifically for pet-owning households.
Some vacuum cleaners even have special attachments that you can use on
your pets. Some pets really like being vacuumed, but introduce them to
the concept slowly and carefully, or you may end up with unexpected
tools such as shedding rakes get excess fur off pets like you wouldn’t
believe. One that I really like is the FURminator. Just be careful not
to remove so much hair that your pet is bald.
magic bullet yet for keeping pet fur under control, but regular grooming
and housekeeping will help you fight fur flurries and keep the fuzz to a
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