Pets are fun to keep, it’s beautiful having them around. And sometimes we do not restrict their movement around the house. But as animals, they obviously do not know the level of a mess they cause, especially on personal belongings and other objects in the home.
You can’t keep your pets away, it’s difficult to do so but then you’ll have to clean up the mess and the hairs they leave on clothes, chairs, rugs, and pretty much anywhere they stay. It is a tasking job to remove pet hairs on rugs. This is because the rug holds on to the hair and they don’t come off easily except after repeated cleaning.
Removing the hairs one after the other with hands is not ideal, I mean, for how long would you do that? However, alternatively, you can adopt other methods for removing the pet hairs on your rug. Let’s see some of them.
The fastest way to get rid of the pet hairs is to suck them up with a vacuum cleaner. For better results, you could combine vacuum cleaning with other methods of pet hair removal like using a Squeegee, baking soda, or a fabric softener. To use the vacuum cleaner alongside a squeegee, brush out the hair from the rug and collect them at a spot after which you can suck the hairs up with the vacuum cleaner. Try this on small area on the rug, one at a time until you have clean through the entire rug. This is a very efficient way of cleaning up the hair, although the time needed to complete the process will depend on the size of the rug.
For baking soda, apply it to the rug and leave for some minutes after which you can clear up the hair with a vacuum cleaner. The process is similar to using a fabric softener except that you have to mix this with water and then spray it on the rug before sucking the hairs out.
Note that, regular vacuum cleaners are not preferable for this process. It is best to use a pet vacuum cleaner instead. This is because the hairs can get tangled with the vacuum brush and hinder it from rolling properly. However, you may not always have access to a pet vacuum cleaner, hence the need to improvise. There are several other ways to remove the hairs on your rug without using a vacuum cleaner.
Try a lint roller
Get a lint roller, and gently, in an up and down motion, run it over the rug. Yes, this could be a bit arduous, but you’ll be surprised how well the roller picks up the hair strands. Be careful when doing this so you don’t hurt your fingers in the process. When the sheet gets filled with hair, replace it and continue cleaning until you notice most of the hair strands are gone.
Put your hair brush to work
If you have an old hair brush you’ve tossed away, this is the time to get it back. Hairbrush will come in handy when removing pet hairs from your rug. For fluffy rugs or carpets, it’s best to use hair brushes with long and strong bristles, this is to allow the bristles to collect as much hair as possible, especially those that are deeply rooted in the rug. However, for less fluffy rugs use brushes with shorter and fuller bristles. This will allow you to easily brush the hairs together before clearing them out either by hand-picking or with a vacuum cleaner if available. Alternatively, you can use a carpet rake to collect the hair. This is easier because the rake has a long handle, so you don’t have to go through the stress of kneeling or squatting through the entire process. So, right on to the next.
Use wet hands or gloves
You can also try using a wet hand or a wet glove. This method works fine but takes a lot of time. It is also not as efficient as most of the previously mentioned methods. However, it is the most cost-effective because you obviously do not need any equipment for this. You only need your wet hand or a wet glove. Run your hand over the rug using both upward and downward strokes. The hair strands will stick to your hand or the glove and you can just wash them off
Dust off the hairs
One other method that is quite helpful is dusting off the hair strands from the rug. Yes, this is a lot of work, reason it’s taking the last spot on the list, I guess. It is preferable to get someone to help you out if you choose to go with this option because if you have a wide rug, you will need to move the sofas, table, and every other thing on the rug. That is why dusting the rug is not a regular rug cleaning method but may be the last resort if the others do not work. It is most preferable if you have a small-sized rug that can be easily moved outside and dusted.
It takes a lot of work to keep both your house clean and your pet close, except your pet, is trained to avoid specific areas in your house. Pet hairs are not easily noticeable but the truth is that they are always there, you can’t stop them from getting to your rugs and dropping in your personal space. So the earlier you start paying attention to them and getting rid of the hairs, the better chances you have to keep your home clean. These steps are just a few, out of many that can be used to get rid of pet hairs from rugs, the idea is basically just being creative with available resources.
You cannot leave the hair there, you have to do something, something easy, less stressful, and super-efficient. Pets are wonderful companions, and the stress of having to clean up their mess, should not be a reason to keep them away.