Caring for a dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures—but dealing with the fur and dander that comes along with having a dog in the house certainly isn’t. There’s nothing worse than having to travel with a lint roller just to try and get some of the layers of fur off your clothing or feeling like you’re constantly chasing after balls of fur around the house.
If you’re considering bringing a puppy home or you’re at your wits end and want to find a way to keep your house fur free at long last, read on. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways that actual dog owners and pet professionals keep their homes tidy and free of fur and dander that comes with owning a pet.
Keep your dog well groomed.
Since dogs shed, keeping them clean is the only way to prevent hair from being shed all over. Using the right brushes and clips can help you achieve this. “The use of shampoo on your pet dog will also keep him clean along with healthy skin and a shiny coat,” says Andrew Garf, pet parent and professional dog trainer. “You should arrange for regular trips to a professional groomer so that they get rid of all unwanted hair.”
Consider keeping your dog out of certain areas.
“Keeping certain areas out of the dog’s reach would also be helpful in keeping the house free from dog hair,” says Garf. “As human beings, we all love the comfort of our couches and beds for some time before we go to sleep. However, if your dog is a shedder, it might be better to keep him out of the bedroom, so he does not end up sleeping on your bed or couch with drool and hairs all over it.”
Foster a regular cleaning routine.
It is important that you know how to remove the dog hair from surfaces to avoid unnecessary problems. For instance, getting rid of dust from your table and floor after every time you have a meal will help you prevent the hairs from lying on your furniture or carpet, says Garf.
Keep up with your dog’s medical conditions.
“One of the best ways to keep the house free from dog hair is by making sure that your canine friend is well and healthy,” explains Garf. “Ensure that dogs with allergies are on the appropriate allergy medication and make sure all wounds and injuries are kept clean.” Not only will this ensure your furry friend is happy and healthy but it will also help keep their shedding under control.
Keep your bedding clean.
If your dog loves to snuggle up on your bed, Garf suggests putting a towel or folded blanket over the area where they lay. Then shake it off or use a dryer sheet to remove any hair before you make your bed up. Just rub some dryer sheets on the bedding a few times, and the hair should come right off.
Employ washable slipcovers.
“If you have pets in the house, keeping their hair off your furniture is one of the toughest things to do,” says Garf. “For this reason, invest in some washable slipcovers for your sofa and recliners. This will go a long way to ensure that fur stays on the couch and not all over your floor or carpet.”
Consider a dust mop.
Using a vacuum cleaner alone is not the best way to clean up pet fur from your floors, as the exhaust on a vacuum may cause the fur to blowback into the air and stick to surfaces that may be even harder to remove.
Instead, Garf suggests using a damp mop or dust mop to remove the dog hairs on your flooring. On hardwood floors, a dust mop is particularly effective for removing dog hairs. On tile floors, a damp mop seems to work better.
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Change your air filters frequently.
It’s a little off putting to think about—but the air in your home is probably filled with pet hairs. To ensure that these hairs are not floating around you, change your furnace and air conditioning systems’ filters often. Garf…