Furry pets are a big part of a majority of American households and if you are a pet owner, you know how difficult it is when Fido’s hair winds up all over your house. Pet dander and hair aren’t just annoying; they are dangerous if there is someone in the household who suffers from allergies. According to a scientific study, three out of ten people who have allergies suffer from dog and cat allergies. Fortunately, preventative maintenance and vacuuming can reduce the allergens in your home and improve the air quality.The problem spots in your house
The places that have the most static charge are the places that tend to collect most pet hair. If the air flow is less in a particular area, you will find more pet hair there. These places include areas around the laundry baskets, pet crates, carriers, floor lamps as well as under sofas, beds and chairs. Hair also tends to cluster in basements, around the bottom hinges of doors and door jams.The tools you need to clean up pet hair
Make sure that you have a good vacuum cleaner with a powerful suction. If someone in your household suffers from allergies, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter so that the dirt and dander does not blow back into the air. If the room is not carpeted, you can also use a dry mop. You can supplement it with microfiber mops for the high traffic areas. Do not use brooms as they kick up more dander and hair into the air than mops. If you want to get to those hard-to-reach areas of your carpet floor, the following attachments might come in handy:
- Stair attachment – This looks like a smaller version of the vacuum head and it helps to clean up the curtains, stairs, small carpeted regions and furniture.
- Crevice and rectangle attachment – This attachment is long and has a narrow end and is extremely handy for cleaning the hard-to-reach areas. If the rectangle attachment does not work for a particular area, the crevice attachment should do the job for you. The crevice attachment is useful around hinges and door jams.
- Scrubbing attachment – This has harder bristles than a typical bush attachment. It allows you to scrub all the hair into a ball so that you can vacuum it up easily.
- Brush attachment – This has soft bristles and is extremely useful on small and hard surfaces like baseboards. They can also be used for delicate and hard surfaces.
Once you have cleaned up the hair, make sure that you clean the vacuum. Do not wait for the vacuum bag to bulge up before you throw it away. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the vacuum bag before you start cleaning. It will neutralize the smell. If you have a bag-less vacuum cleaner, make sure you empty the container that catches the fur and dirt every time you vacuum.