Happy FRI-YAY. I’m mostly excited because today I get to pick up Amanda from Blissfulgal.com from the airport. CUE EXCITED SQUEALS. We have a jam packed weekend for you guys — so be sure to follow along on my instastories for all the excitement and fun! But — aside from that, today I am talking about something any good pet owner need to chat about: how to keep all that DANG PET HAIR off your carpets…and furniture…and clothing…and weird crevices you didn’t know hair could cling to….. I am partnering up with Shark to how you guys how to keep your home CLEAN of pet hair, so you can actually have people over and not be embarrassed about your house situation. Let’s do this.
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So, if you know me at all (and most of you do by now)..you know I love animals. Like. A lot. Like. I just adopted a little stray cat I found on the side of the road a few weeks ago and added him to our fambam. We now have TWO adorable kittens — Izzy (10 months old – adopted in February) and Chester (4 months old – adopted beginning of August). They are best friends, and we couldn’t have asked for better (or cuter) additions to our little family!
Unfortunately..there is a downside to having pets (I know, I know. It’s like I cussed). All. The. Dang. Hair. Now that we have two fur babies (one black and one white), I feel like I am pretty much inhaling hair all the time. All our furniture is beige, so both black AND white hair show up on it. You can’t really see the hair on our carpet, but I know it’s there and it collects by the baseboards. We also have a beige bedspread so..you guessed it..you can see it there, too. The rest of our furniture is black, so there goes the white hair again. Moral of the story is: no matter what color the item of furniture I own is, I can still see cat hair.
How do you fix this issue? Keep reading my 5 Ways To Keep Your Home Free Of Pet Hair to find out!
STEP ONE: Get on a regular cleaning schedule.
More pets means more hair. I think it’s a totally reasonable trade off. 😉 I have a set schedule I’ve been religious about keeping since we got our second cat. I was occasionally a little bit lazy when it came to keeping this routine with just Izzy in the house, but it’s double trouble now so it’s doubl-y important to keep on track. Here’s my schedule:
Sunday – REST
Monday – Dust / Kitchen & Bathroom Counters / Vacuum (floors + furniture)
Tuesday – Bath Tub / Toilet / Change Cat Box / Microwave + Stove Top / Sweep + Steam Hard Floors
Wednesday – REST
Thursday – Dust / Kitchen & Bathroom Counters / Vacuum (floors + furniture)
Friday – REST
Saturday – Reorganize / Mirrors + Windows / Baseboards / Dust / Sweep + Steam Hard Floors
I feel like this is some really weird workout routine. LOL. But for real. This will keep you on track, and make sure your home stays clean all the time.
STEP TWO: Get a good duster
I mean, like one with an extendable handle and lots of little fluffy things to catch the dust. And when I say dust, I mean: the hard furniture, picture frames, book shelves, blinds and light fixtures, air vents, room corners, door frames and baseboards. This is also going to make anyone that comes over to your house and has a pet allergy much happier. The least amount of dust there is in your home, the less allergies will flair up.
STEP THREE: Brush your pet regularly.
This is really important because if you get the loose hairs before they fall out into your home, you can seriously cut down on the amount of hair you have to clean up later. You should be brushing your dog 3x a week and your cats once a week. Cats are great at licking loose hairs off of themselves (although that does result in fur balls — gross). Stay on top of this and get into a routine so that you and your pet are more comfortable with it. Dogs are more likely to want to be brushed than cats, so it may take some acclimating before your fur baby enjoys the experience.
STEP FOUR: Give your pet a healthy diet.
I’ve talked about what food I support when I did my collaboration with Royal Canin (read about it here). A good diet can help with fur management more than anything else. Your pets coat should be shiny, healthy and they shouldn’t be losing more than a normal amount of hair every day. Both my cats have AWESOME coats — they are so silky soft and thick. I credit that to having an awesome diet and lots of pets. 😉
STEP FIVE: Invest in a good vacuum.
I know what it’s like not to have a good vacuum. It sucks. We bought a cordless vacuum when we first got married, and at first it was great. It did the job in our little one room apartment. However, when we graduated to a big kid apartment, it conveniently broke from overuse. Luckily, I was able to team up with Shark to test out their new Shark DuoClean Powered Lift Away Speed. It’s specifically made to help with pet hair and trap allergens in the air because the sealed design and HEPA filter of this Shark Rotator Lift-Away vacuum keep 99.99 percent of dust and allergens trapped inside (!!!!). It is powerful, light and has all the gadgets I need to get my carpets, by my baseboards, my couch, my hard floors and my kitchen chairs. As you can tell, it’s Izzy & Chester approved. I have noticed a big difference in the cleanliness of my home (especially carpets) since using this vacuum, and I am really grateful that I no longer have to inhale cat hair every time I step into my home (it’s the little things, ya know). If you have multiple pets, one of the best things you can do is make sure you are vacuuming up the hair regularly and using a GOOD vacuum at that. Shark is an awesome brand and this model doesn’t disappoint.
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There you have it. FIVE fool-proof ways to keep the pet hair from ruining your life. I have quite literally baked cat hair into dinners before. Appetizing. Hopefully — that will never happen again. LOL.
Do you have an awesome trick to keeping pet hair at bay? Let me know in the comments below!
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