Dear Home-Ec 101,
We have two dogs and two cats, all dark-haired. Our house is COVERED in pet hair-hardwood floors, carpeted floors, tiled floors and counters. Even the back of our television collects HUGE fur-balls.
Help! How do I keep this under control without having to spend 2 hours a day sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and washing? Our animals are taking over.
Before you give me the old, “brush them daily” crap, it doesn’t work. It helps, but it just adds an hour to the 2 hour clean up routine.
Lost in a sea of pet hair
I wish there was a simple way to keep the cat and dog hair away. I’ve tried miracling it away, I’ve tried waving my magic wand, I’ve even tried to entice the cleaning fairy to come clean it up, but it was all for naught. I’ve even tried teaching the dog to vacuum. Let’s just say that didn’t work out.
No, the only way you are going to get the car and dog hair to go away is to work at it every day.
Brushing your animals daily really does help. I know you have said it doesn’t work, but it does, I promise! You have to keep at it and brush those suckas every single day without fail.
I have found adding brewer’s yeast to their diet helps with the shedding, but you still have to brush them every day. Every day! Brewer’s yeast doesn’t totally stop the shedding, but it really seems to slow it down. During the natural times of the year that they shed more, the brewer’s yeast seems especially work well.
You’ll need to vacuum daily to keep the fur at bay as well. Do an extremely thorough job of vacuuming once a week- move the furniture and get under there, vacuum under cushions, the entire nine yards. This makes the job easier throughout the week.
Hardwood floors especially seem to collect the fur. I find a stick vac to be the best way to deal with pet hair on hardwoods. Make sure you clean the stick vac filter after each use so the vacuum doesn’t lose suction.
I have 2 cats and a dog, myself, so I truly do feel your pain. There just isn’t a fast or easy way to deal with the fur, beyond getting hairless animals, and then they would be no fun to pet.
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