Pets offer great company at home. However, as we all know, they shed lots of hair as they move around the house. The hair combines with dust and may cause some allergies and create uncomfortable internal environment. This article focuses on the problem of what to do when it becomes entangled in areas that aren’t so visible like your carpets. Here are some easy ways of getting rid of animal dander from home.
Use of vacuum cleaner
A vacuum cleaner designed for carpet use normally helps the hair issue by using its suction to dislodge it from the carpet fibers and deposit it into its internal dustbin. It also sucks other dirt such as food spills and dirt.
Corded or Cordless?
Vacuum cleaners come in distinct categories. There are corded vacuum cleaners and cordless ones. The corded type must be plugged into the source of power every time that they are in use. The cordless type has a rechargeable battery and comes with a charging base.
Among the cordless types, there are the handheld held types and those that are robotic. The robotic vacuum cleaners work on their own after pressing the clean button, while you move with the handheld type. Robotic vacuum cleaners designed for animal hair are a good choice if you never have enough time to clean your rooms or the rooms are too large to clean on your own.
Always ensure that the cordless vacuum cleaner is always fully charged before starting your cleaning. The robotic vacuum cleaners automatically charge once the battery is low.
Move the nozzle gently on the carpet when cleaning. Always start the cleaning from one end to the other to avoid missing out some areas. If you find that the suction power is getting low, the dust cup may be full or the power may be getting low. Use the owner’s manual to empty the dust cup or change the bag.
Before vacuuming, you may sprinkle some baking soda over your carpet to loosen the hairs from the carpet before vacuuming. Baking soda is also a deodorizer and helps get rid of carpet odors. You may also scrape a pumice stone gently along the surface of the carpet. This helps gather any hair hidden between the carpet fibers. For rugs, you may also use a Furminator tool to remove the hair. However, you should use it lightly as it may damage the threads of your rugs and the carpet.
What if you don’t have a vacuum?
If you still do not have a vacuum cleaner, you can also use a rubber broom to gather the animal hair and fur. The procedure is quite tiresome, as you would need to work in every inch of your carpet. Some carpet materials such as the wool may be so hard to clean using this method.
If you are still up to the manual task, you may use a rubber glove. This method is best suited for carpets that are not so large and can be taken outside for cleaning. Wet the rubber gloves a bit and start working on the carpet in circular motions. The hair between the carpet fibers is going to stick to your hand. As stated earlier, this method cannot be used on large carpets, as it is time-consuming and very tiring.
If you are cleaning a very small rug or carpet, you may also use a sticky roller. As you roll the sticky roller on the surface of the carpet, the hairs on the carpet stick on the surface of the roller. Most of the sticky rollers are not re-usable as they are hard to de-hair them of the hair that sticks on the surface. Those that are reusable require cleaning after a few inches. Here is another good idea from YouTube:
Vacuuming remains the easiest method of removing pet hair from the carpet. They are easy to use and very efficient. However, you may use the rest of the methods if you do not have a vacuum cleaner at hand.