Dog hair can be a challenge.
Medium to long hair dogs can be tricky. The fur get’s everywhere. I don’t quite understand where it all comes from, but I’m not here for it. I love Lily, but I try my best to keep the hair damage under control, because it’s kind of gross to step out of your house covered in it. Or having friends over and them seeing tumbleweeds of fur blow by. Not cute.
Our fur baby isn’t a dog who requires a lot of fur maintenance (she’s a black lab), but that definitely doesn’t mean she doesn’t shed like crazy. Oh she does. She loses her winter/summer coat with every change of the seasons.
Thankfully, we’ve found a few methods that help us manage the dog hair shedding and its dispersal throughout the house
Lily hangs out on the couches, and mostly in hard floor area. So a lot of my methods really are catered to that. And besides, cleaning carpet is pretty straightforward: vacuum it.
So go ahead and see below for some ways to help you manage all the hair your dog leaves around.
Depending on the breed, once a few days, once a week, or once every few weeks may do the trick to lower the amount of loose hair everywhere. Also depending on the breed, you may need a detangling brush, slicker brush, or other types of brushes for you dog.
Another method we tried is the rubber glove. Wet it a little bit an run it through your dog’s fur to help get rid of any loose hairs that may fall off while he/she roams around and you’re cleaning.
And really if you’re cleaning up, I recommend you brush the loose hairs off your dog, and then put them in their crate so they don’t go around shedding where I’ve already cleaned.
I did see a Youtube video of a dog owner who vacuums their dog. I personally wouldn’t do it, but there’s an idea.
Give the area/house a rough sweep. This will help you gather the big stuff and clear the majority before you back in for the details. Try not to have window open or fans blowing air, because hair is like dust: any air just stirs it around.
After you pick up the big stuff, get the carpets and furniture with a vacuum.
4. Going back for the details
After you have picked up most of the hair, and got it off the furniture, my favorite trick is to go back with a swiffer dry pad. It collects loose dirt and dust you may have missed, but you’d be surprised at how much you missed while sweeping.
If you think you’ve picked up all the hair while sweeping, try this method and tell me how it goes.
5. Getting the stubborn hairs
After you have picked up almost all of the hair from an area, mop it. Since I already have the swiffer stick, I go ahead and use the Wet pads to mop my house. Doing this will usually reveal a liiiiitle bit more hair you may have missed, but the wet will really help any stubborn hairs come off.
Some dog hair management tips:
- Lint rollers are your best friend: If you don’t let the dog in certain area (like the bedroom), you may still be bringing in dog hair, just on your clothes. Keep a few rollers around the house and maybe even in the car. You’d be surprised how much hair you’re dispersing around.
- Vacuum blankets/towel/bed: Lily’s bed has a horrendous amount of hair. I mean it makes sense, that’s where she sleeps and relaxes every day. Every week or so, I’ll vacuum her bed/blankets, to protect the washer and drier from all the hair, and to keep it somewhat clean.
- Don’t wait too long: Cleaning every few days is my personal suggestion. Dogs shed A LOT. It can get real gross, real fast.
- Invest in fabrics that don’t attract too much hair: Leather furniture is one way to go. Also for the dog’s blankets and beds, don’t pick a very fluffy fabric.
How do you manage you dog’s hair?