If you’re looking to keep your home clean and free of cat hair, you’re in the right place.
In this guide, we’re going to discuss some top tips, tricks and products that you can use to remove cat hair from your furniture, flooring, and even your laundry – and keep your home clean and free of fur clumps. Let’s get started!
5 Quick & Easy Methods To Remove Cat Hair From Furniture
Got cat hair buildup on your cat’s favorite chair or couch?
If the furniture has a cover, you can simply remove the cover and wash it in your laundry machine – but if you’d prefer to spot clean it or you have upholstered furniture that doesn’t have a cover, you’ve got a few options for removing cat hair.
- Clean, dry kitchen sponge – It may surprise you, but a clean and dry kitchen sponge attracts cat hair like a magnet. Just grab a sponge, run it across your furniture, and remove the clumps and dispose of them. We recommend keeping a sponge or two around just for this purpose, though – don’t try to use it to clean dishes afterward!
- Rubber gloves – A pair of wet rubber gloves can easily pick up clumps of pet hair, and since your hands can get into tight spaces and crevices in furniture, this is a great option for a comprehensive clean.
- Vacuum – A hand-held or full-size vacuum is a good way to remove pet hair, as long as it’s powerful enough to suck up all of the hair and dander. If you have a lot of hair on your furniture, we recommend vacuuming after using another cleaning method to remove the bulk of the hair.
- Lint roller – You can touch up your furniture with a lint roller, or make your own by applying packing tape to a rolling pin or a wine bottle!
- Dryer sheets – Dryer sheets attract pet hair due to static action, so they’re a good option for touching up your upholstered furniture.
Cat Hair Removal From Flooring – What’s The Best Option?
Furniture is only half the battle. If you have one or more cats, chances are that fur will begin to build up, on your floors, too! Here are a few options for cat hair removal from the flooring.
- Hard floors (tile, wood, etc.) – On hardwood floors, we recommend using a dry microfiber mop, such as this product by Turbo Microfiber. Microfiber mops attract pet hair more effectively than brooms, and usually pick up more hair than vacuums. Regular sweeping and vacuuming is helpful, of course – but for serious cat hair buildup, we’ve found this method is the best.
- Carpeted floors – For carpeted floors, a high-powered vacuum like the Dyson V7 Animal Pro+ can help pick up most pet hair. Just make sure to empty the filter or canister regularly and keep it clean for maximum suction. Alternatively, you can use a carpet pet hair removal squeegee. These products dig deeply into your carpet, removing hair and dander and leaving your carpet clean.
- Movable rugs – You can use the same methods to clean rugs as you can for carpets. It’s also a good idea to beat your rug every few months outdoors with a rug beater. Beating a rug, blasts away dirt, debris, dander and pet hair.
Controlling Cat Hair On Clothing & Laundry
Keeping cat hair out of your clothing and laundry starts by eliminating it from your furniture and floors – but there are also a few tips you can use to keep pet hair from building up on your clothing.
- Clean that lint filter – A clogged lint filter means that cat hair will have nowhere to go when you’re drying your clothes. Not only that, but it’s a fire hazard. Clean your lint filter every time you do a load of laundry.
- Use dryer sheets – Pet hair sticks to your clothing because of static cling. Dryer sheets help reduce cling, so they’re very useful for reducing cat hair buildup when you’re drying your clothing.
- Pre-dry your clothes – You can loosen pet hair from your clothes before you put them in the washer by running them on a 10-minute low or no-heat dryer cycle. Most of the hair will end up in the lint trap – and won’t be spread around your clothing by the water in your washing machine!
- Clean your washer monthly – You can run a cycle without any clothing to clean your washer, and eliminate pet hair buildup. Use laundry detergent or vinegar, and your washing machine will be clean and free of cat hair!
What’s The Best Way To Prevent Cat Hair Buildup? Regular Brushing!
So, what other steps can you take to prevent cat hair buildup? We recommend brushing your cat at least once per day – if not more often. Cats love being brushed, and this is a great time for you to bond with your feline friends and enjoy their company.
And not only that, brushing your cat regularly helps remove loose hair from their coat that would otherwise end up being spread throughout your home.
Make time in your routine to gently brush your cat(s), and you’re sure to be able to decrease the amount of hair on your furniture and floors.
Products We Recommend For Grooming Your Cat
Best Cat Hair Remover Glove – Bikien Pet Grooming Glove
Looking for a more “up-close-and-personal” grooming experience? A Bikien Pet Grooming Glove is just what you need. You can wear these gloves and pet your cat normally – while the 330 silicone tips help remove loose hair.
These soft, flexible tips will not pull or yank on your cat’s hair. In fact, all the cats we’ve tested them on have loved the feeling of being massaged with these unique gloves.
Best Pet Hair Brush For Cats – Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush
Our top picks for a cat hair brush is the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush. It’s appropriate for cats of all types, and it’s particularly good for cats that have very long coats. The wire bristles are made of a very fine mesh that penetrates your cat’s entire coat, but will not irritate or harm your cat in any way.
In addition, it has a comfortable grip handle, and the bristles are retractable at the click of a button, so you can simply wipe away cat hair and continue grooming your furry friend without any interruptions.
Keep Your Home Clean & Your Cats Happy
Hopefully, you’ve learned a bit more about how to care for your cats, and remove and prevent cat hair buildup on furniture, floors, and in your laundry.
Thanks for reading – and think about how you can use these tips from Control Pet Hair to make your home a cleaner, happier place to share with your furry friends!