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.)
Sneezin’ in Schenectady
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.
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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