There’s nothing better than coming home to a wagging tail or petting your cat after a long day. Pets do so much to brighten up our lives that dealing with a little pet hair is totally worth it. Below are five places where pet hair tends to hide, and tips for removing it.
1. Window screens: Screens are a big magnet for pet hair, especially if your dog waits by a screen door to go outside or your cat likes to perch on windowsills. The best way to clean screens is to remove them completely and wipe them down gently with a soapy sponge. Rinse them with a hose and let them air dry. A lint roller is helpful between cleanings.
2. Carpet: Whether you have carpeting throughout your house or just a few area rugs, chances are that your vacuum isn’t picking up all the hair trapped deep inside. To pick up as much hair as possible, make sure your vacuum is on the rotational brush setting. If there’s still trapped hair, you can try going over your pet’s favorite carpeted spots with a wet sponge to loosen hair before vacuuming.
3. Closets: Pet hair has a sneaky way of ending up all over the clean clothes and linens in your closet, especially if you have a cat. Felines love to perch themselves on high shelves and hide out in dark spaces, making closets the perfect retreat. Unfortunately, keeping hair out of closets can be a difficult task. Keep closet doors closed and leave a pet bed or a cat tree nearby to encourage your four-legged companion to hang out elsewhere.
4. Couches: Couch cushions are an obvious one in households where pets are allowed on the furniture, but between the cushions, the sides of the couch, and the floor underneath the couch are also big pet hair collectors. Vacuum all of these spots regularly and use a lint roller for everyday touch-ups.
5. Bookcases: You’d be surprised the heights at which pet fur can collect, especially if you have a cat. To prevent hair accumulation, dust bookcases and other shelves regularly. Swiping a dryer sheet over these surfaces is an effective way to pick up stray hair.