Ah-choo! Cat hair on the couch

Hey ladies!
We are getting a sofa and two chairs from my brother-in-law today. I know they will be covered in cat hair. I’m allergic to cats. (As is my mother who will be here tomorrow for a four day visit! Eek!) Do you have any good tips for getting as much cat hair as possible off of the furniture fabric?? (It’s a cotton blend fabric.)
Thanks!!
Sneezin’ in Schenectady

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Heather says:

Ah allergies, practically the bane of my existence.  It is important to remember it isn’t the hair itself that causes a reaction, but rather their dander.  Even without visible hair there may be enough irritants to bother a sensitive person.

First, I would thoroughly vacuum the upholstery.  However that alone may not be enough. I would use a carpet shampooer with an upholstery attachment.  Several companies offer special allergen reducing shampoos, but regular upholstery cleaner may be sufficient.

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As the furniture is secondhand I am assuming there are no warranties against stains in effect.   Still, before renting a carpet cleaner, be sure to look for a care tag to be sure it isn’t counter to their recommendations.

As always test in an inconspicuous area before cleaning the whole couch.

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4 Comments

  1. Mrs. U on September 29, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I know for sure that a damp cloth does wonders in removing cat hair from upholstery!

    Also, I recently heard that if you put on cleaning gloves and wet them slightly, you can run your hands over the upholstery and the hair comes off very well. I definitely plan on trying this SOON!

    His,
    Mrs. U

  2. Southern Girl on September 28, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    We have much success getting orange cat hair off our sofa, chairs, and area run just using a *damp* washcloth and some elbow grease. It takes a while, wiping and wiping and wiping, but the fur clings to the damp cloth well.

  3. Margo on September 27, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Probably depends on how allergic the family is to cats. We had a friend who was so allergic that he waited until a couple months AFTER we got rid of our cat to come to our house.

  4. freakgirl on September 27, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    A lint roller does a lot, as well. I would also brush it to loosen pieces and then vacuum it. Also, Febreeze makes an allergen-reducing spray – I use it on the furniture when my allergic friends come to visit.

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