Ok, so, we’ve all been there… You go to plop down on a couch (your couch, our couch, a friend’s couch), only to realize, with horrifying immediacy — “Oh, my, I am now covered with so much pet fur that I might be mistaken for a strange breed of dog or cat.” It stinks for you and it stinks for your friends! Nobody wants that, especially not if there’s any sort of pet dander allergy in the mix. So what can you do to PREVENT this from happening in the first place? It requires a bit of diligence and weekly upkeep but here are our top picks of the tried-and-true methods of pet fur removal (without buying a bunch of new gadgets)!
- Brush your pet regularly
If your animal is going to be on your couch, on your bed, on your lap etc., you may as well stop that loose pet fur at its source — their coat. For dogs, the Humane Society recommends that you “brush your dog every couple of days no matter the length of his coat. Sometimes your brushing can have a specific purpose, such as removing hair mats or helping your dog shed his seasonal coat, but most often you’ll be doing general-purpose brushing or combing. Choose the right brush.”For our cat owners out there, Petly.com recommends brushing “at least 1 or 2 times per day for longhaired breeds and 1 to 3 times per week for the shorthaired cats.Brush more often during a high shedding season.”
- Take a dry sponge to your furniture
It’s that simple! We’re not here to market to you some handy-dandy new gadget, we like the idea of using something you already have in your home. It’s as simple as taking a dry sponge to your couch and you can kiss your dander problems goodbye!
(Disclaimer: We advise you not to actually kiss your dander problems.)
- Don’t have a sponge laying around, try using a rubber glove!
Again, in that vein of “things you might have laying around,” try using a *slightly* damp rubber glove! We recommend that you spray just a bit of water on the glove rather than running it under a faucet. But that’s all there is to it! Run that bad boy over your furniture and grab that fur like there’s no tomorrow! (Disclaimer: As far as we know there are plenty of tomorrows!)
- If you *really* want to go out and buy something, we recommend these two products:
We know, we know — we mentioned NOT going out and buying new gadgets but we’ve done our research and these two products seem to be the best bet to keep your pet’s coat healthy and excess-fur-free! The FURminator and Espree natural pet shampoo. The former is a highly effective & well-reviewed brush claiming to be a “deShedding” tool that “reduces loose hair from shedding [by] up to 90%” The latter is an all-natural, certified organic pet shampoo that, with frequent use, will reduce seasonal and non-seasonal shedding.
- Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, finally, just keep that pet off the furniture
Of *course* you want them up there, but… maybe for the sake of your clothes, your guests and the longevity of the furniture… You could consider getting them a bed of their own? Just a thought!
Thanks for joining us, folks! We hope you learned a thing or two and, as always, consider reaching out to us for a quote!