Our furry friends are like members of the family—we love them dearly, but the fur they shed when summer rolls around? Not so much. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains that too much pet dander and hair in the air can aggravate allergies—especially in the areas of the house where pets are allowed*. Now that it’s shedding season, check out these four pet hair solutions for preventing and reducing the pesky particles.
Invest in the proper tools.
Knowing how to tackle pet hair on any surface is key.
- Hardwood floors: Vacuuming won’t do much on hardwood floors, blowing the fur around rather than picking it up. Instead, try an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop, which will trap particles.
- Carpet: Scrape something with a rough surface—like a pumice stone, or even a tool used for de-shedding your pet—across the top. The hair should gather, making for easy vacuuming or pickup.
- Furniture: On a day-to-day basis, keep a throw on couches and chairs to prevent fur from sticking, but when it comes time to remove pet hair from furniture, a little moisture should do the trick. Simply put on a damp rubber glove and run your hand over your couch, bed, chair—whichever fabric-covered surface the dog or cat likes to make his or her home.
Throw it in the dryer.
When the job is too big for the lint roller, try throwing items such as blankets and pillow covers in the dryer with a dryer ball before washing. The fur should come right off and get stuck in the lint trap.
Develop a grooming schedule—and stick to it.
Owning a pet comes with some not-so-fun responsibilities, like grooming. But if you make brushing a daily habit (or, hey, assign the task to the kids!) it will do wonders to prevent hair everywhere. An appointment with a professional groomer every four to six weeks is also a good idea, since he or she can share specific treatments to prevent shedding.
Install the right filter.
Are you keeping up on your filter changes at least every 90 days? When it’s time for a swap, check out Filtrate’s Allergen Defense Air Filter, which is designed to trap particles such as pet dander.
source: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology