How to Get Rid of Dog Hair in the House
No More Dog Hair in my Home
I love dogs and could not possibly imagine living without them. Muffin, our Golden Retriever is a member of the family and as such, is perfectly welcome to sit with us on the couch and sleep in our bed! The problem is that she sheds! She sheds a lot! Fortunately, the human members of the family are not allergic to dog hair, which would have been a major problem! But on the other hand, sleeping between itchy sheets coated with dog hair, having to sweep off a thin (or thicker...) film of fluff before sitting on the couch and wading through fly-away tufts of hair on the floor is not my idea of comfort, cleanliness and house pride. Over twenty years of trying to live in a clean house full of hairy dogs, through trial and error and a great deal of frustration, I have put together a routine and a series of tips that help me keep a lot of the hairiness out of our everyday lives.
My method for dealing with this...hairy .....problem is twofold. One part is centered around the dog itself and consists of frequent baths and grooming and the other part is related to keeping the house clean and hair-free in ways that will not break my back and have me slaving around cleaning all day long.
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Grooming the Dog Frequently Means Less Hair Around the House
I bathe Muffin with warm water and some dog shampoo every two weeks. I feel this is as frequently as I am allowed to bathe her without harming her coat and skin, although some dog owners and experts may feel it is too often. I then towel dry her and blow dry her to remove most of the loose hair on her. As soon as she is completely dry, I brush her thoroughly and use a rake comb on her undercoat, to take care of any more loose hair that would end up flying around the house. I also brush and comb her at least every other day and I do this in our yard, not in the house, for obvious reasons! This grooming routine not only makes her look gorgeous, all glossy and fluffy, it also really helps to get rid of most of the hair that would otherwise be floating through the house or sticking to the furniture. You can browse through a large collection of quality grooming products for dogs here.
Housecleaning tips for a hairless house
The rest of my efforts for a hairless house are directed towards cleaning the house itself and keeping it clean for as long as possible. Over the years I have put together a few simple cleaning tips and have found some very helpful tools and products that make cleaning fast and easy and are really great for pet hair.
I begin by vacuuming the whole house twice a week and mopping the floors. I have hardwood floors all over the house and tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. The floor is bare and very easy to clean in Summer and partly covered with carpets in Winter. In Winter, apart from vacuuming them, I just use the damp mop to go over the carpets when mopping the floor, which very effectively removes all loose hair from them. On the other days, I go through the house daily with a Swiffer mop, which is very fast and extremely effective for removing hair and dust even under hard to reach places like couches, beds or cabinets and closets.
I use throws on the couches and the bottom of the bed where Muffin usually likes to sleep. This keeps most of the hair confined to the throws which are much easier to wash -every two weeks or so- in the washing machine. I have chosen brightly colored throws that coordinate well with the rest of the furniture and have a cozy feel in Winter, but are machine washable and fast drying. I also have a large collection of pet hair rollers, so that one is always at hand to use when necessary, or for a fast touch-up of the couches and armchairs when guests are expected for example.
I have been faithful to this daily and weekly routine for quite a few years now and I find that it suits me well, blending in easily with my professional life, family life and leisure needs. Everyone, including the dog are happy and although I cannot say that my house is absolutely spotless at all times, (but then who can boast about a spotless house with kids and pets?), it is quite respectable.
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