Are you a next-level dog lover? You know, the kind of person who goes out of their way to buy that extra large bag of pet food, or that brand new squeaky toy? Are you always sharing the doggy love by snapping pictures to your friends and family — or maybe you’ve even set up your picture-perfect pooch with her very own Instagram account?
We don’t blame you! In fact, we’re in the same boat. Our cleaning teams are made up of serious dog lovers and cat fans, who know that sometimes our furry friends are simply too cute for words.
Of course, even though you love your dog dearly, it’s hard to deny that our furry friends can be a major source of messes, from bringing in muddy paw prints, to spilling food, to having the occasional potty accident.
One of the biggest cleaning duties that comes along with being a dog mom or dad? Cleaning up dog hair. Over time, your pup’s beautiful coat of fur tends to end up, well… everywhere. It sticks to the couch, collects in the corners, scatters on the floor, and, perhaps most irritatingly, it can get all over your clothes.
Want to keep the furry friend — but ditch the fur spreading all over your clean home? Here are five helpful cleaning tips to get rid of dog hair, so you can make more time for playtime:
1.) Get the right tools
As a pet owner, you know the importance of getting equipped for your regular cleaning routine. Having the right tools on hand is an absolute must for getting the dog hair piling up around your home. So, what should be in your cleaning closet? At Sweeping Dimensions, we believe in cleaning minimalism, and stocking up on the supplies you love, not just what’s on sale. With that in mind, there are a few fundamentals that can really help you keep dog hair at bay, including a vacuum cleaner with multiple attachments; lint rollers for clothes and fabrics; microfiber cloths for tables, walls and hard surfaces; and rubber gloves, which can actually help pick up hair from your fur-covered sofa or rug when gently dampened.
Looking for a more specialized tool? Try a set of de-shedding gloves, which can allow you to pick up loose hair straight from your dog’s coat, and also help seamlessly trap and remove hair from furniture and other fabric-covered surfaces.
2.) Tend to furniture, rugs, and lounge areas
Does your love-bug have a special place on the couch they like to call their own? Maybe they sleep on that expensive dog bed you bought them, or rush into bed to curl up with you? Either way, it’s important to regularly tend to your pet’s favorite spots, as these areas can be a huge gathering spot for hair. Regularly wash your dog’s favorite doggy beds and pillows, and consider laying down a towel or blanket on their favorite chair or couch cushion, to make clean up easier. When you do the laundry, keep the “dog blankets” separate from the human ones, to help prevent dog hair from spreading. Regularly vacuum these furry spots with your favorite furniture vacuum attachment, or use a glove, lint roller, or cloth to gently wipe away loose hair and debris.
3.) Clean up the floors
Pet owners know the importance of regularly tending to the floors throughout your home. When you’ve got a bouncy, playful doggo running around, your home’s floors can see scuff marks, paw prints, and a serious layer of loose hair. Be sure to regularly clean your hardwood floors using a vacuum or dry mop, and occasionally deep clean with a bit of water and your favorite wood-friendly cleanser. For hardwoods, tile, rugs, and carpeted floors, it’s hard to overstate the importance of a good vacuum. Look for a model with HEPA air filters, which can help trap allergens and dust, rather than expelling them into the air.
4.) Keep clothes fresh
As we noted earlier, lint rollers are a fantastic tool to keep on hand for when your favorite threads get covered in dog hair. You can even buy travel size lint rollers to have with you on the go — after all, we all know that dreaded feeling of being out and about and realizing you missed a spot of fluff on your legs! Looking for a more sustainable solution to using lint sheets? There are also reusable tools made for cleaning pet hair off of fur, such as the OXO Good Grips Furlifter, among others. In a pinch, you can also toss your clothes into the dryer with a dryer sheet or reusable dryer ball for 10 minutes. The movement in the dryer helps soften and loosen hair from your clothes, and collects that loose hair in the lint trap.
5.) Have your pets well-groomed
While you may never be able to fully get rid of the tufts, balls, and handfuls of fur that can collect around the house, you can help keep shedding to a minimum by regularly having your dog groomed. In addition to getting rid of excess hair, a good grooming can make your pup feel pampered, and keep their coat looking healthy and shiny. Brushing your dog by hand about two days per week can help reduce shedding around the home. You can also look into handy deshedding tools and brushes, like the FURminator or the KONG ZoomGroom.
Need Some Help With Your Fur-Ever Friends?
Even the most purrfectly paw-some pet can leave a mess every now and then? Looking for some help cleaning up after the furriest, feistiest member of your family? Sweeping Dimensions is here to help.
At Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful, and give you back time for the most important things in life. That means spending more quality time on beautiful afternoon walks with your pupper, and less time cleaning up paw marks and loose hair.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products. We love animals, and we’ll take every precaution to make sure that your fur baby feels right at home during and after a cleaning.
Whether you need light housekeeping, heavy duty cleaning, or could use one-time service for special occasions or moving, SDCS can help! Get in touch today for your free service estimate! Want to connect with our community of serious animal lovers? Be sure to join us on Facebook and Instagram!