pet hairFall has arrived in Chicagoland, and that means it’s time to clean up the yard, garage, and home in preparation for the long winter ahead. For pet owners, the change in seasons is often a time of increased shedding. Unfortunately, with fewer opportunities to be outdoors or have the windows open, it’s easy to feel as though you’re drowning in pet hair.

Whether it’s seasonal or year round, all pets shed and all pet owners must figure out how to deal with pet hair in their homes, cars, and on furniture and clothes. That’s why The Pet Experts have compiled some of our favorite pet hair removal tips to help keep your home in tiptop shape.

The Power of the Brush

Daily brushing is one of the most effective ways to rid your pet of excess hair before it ends up all over the home. Even a couple of minutes of brushing each day (out in the yard or in the garage) can add up to a huge difference in the amount of time and effort you spend sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting pet hair inside the house. Besides removing the hair that’s almost ready to fall out, daily brushing coats your pet’s remaining fur with oils from the skin, making it shiny, supple, and less likely to fall out later.

There are a variety of brushes and deshedding products that make ridding your pet of his or her extra fur a snap. Check out tools like the FURminator, rubber-bristle brushes, and grooming gloves.

Furniture

Keep pet hair from taking over your furniture with the following tips:

  • Run a damp sponge or slightly wet sponge over cloth furniture to pick up pet hair.
  • Use the upholstery or pet hair attachment on the vacuum.
  • Cover the furniture your pet sits on with washable slipcovers or blankets and wash frequently.
  • Use a soft cloth and furniture polish or anti-static dusting spray to remove hair from wooden furniture (the spray removes the electric charge from the hair, making cleanup easier).

Floors

Check out the following ways to keep pet hair tumbleweeds at bay:

  • Vacuum carpets regularly, going over stubborn areas twice and alternating directions to pick up longer hairs.
  • Scrape a pumice stone gently along the surface of carpets to gather hair.
  • Use an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop on wood, laminate, or tile floors.
  • Make sure to change the filter in your furnace regularly or consider purchasing an air purifier.

Clothes

Tired of showing up at work looking like you run a doggie daycare? Remove pet hair from your clothes before you leave the house:

  • Stash a lint roller near the door and give yourself a once-over right before you leave the house.
  • Run a damp dishcloth over clothes to remove pet hair at home.
  • Throw hair-covered clothing in the dryer with a dryer sheet or ball for 10 minutes to loosen hair and send it to the lint trap.

From the Inside Out

Although shedding is normal, keeping your pet as healthy as possible can help reduce hair loss. Besides bringing your pet to all of his or her regularly scheduled wellness exams, make sure you feed him or her a high quality, nutrient dense diet. Your veterinarian is happy to recommend brands and supplements to help keep your pet’s fur healthy (never begin a supplement protocol without checking with us first!).

Excessive hair loss can signal underlying health issues. If you’re concerned about your pet’s hair loss, please contact The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.