12 Pet Hair Removers That Really Work
While pets are wonderful, their hair can pose a serious cleaning challenge. These gadgets can get rid of that problem quickly and easily.
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Pet hair everywhere!
A pet can bring a lot of joy into your life…and also a lot of hair. That hair can be particularly hard to clean up, especially on certain materials and surfaces. “Clothes, high-pile carpets, and upholstered furniture are the most challenging surfaces,” says Matt Clayton, founder of PetHairPatrol.com. “When pet hair gets wafted into the air and lands on these surfaces, it usually isn’t just a matter of wiping the area. Needle-like pet hair will stick to the fibers, and static just makes the situation worse.” Fortunately, there are some great options when it comes to cleaning up. Here are a few pet hair removers that really work.
Pat Your Pet Five Finger Grooming Glove
To keep pet hair to a minimum in your home, you’ve got to start at the source: your lovable furball. Clayton suggests buying a shedding glove and spending a few minutes each day brushing your pet with it. “With a shedding glove (or brush, if you prefer), you will be able to catch all that loose hair before it is wafted into the air,” he explains. “A quick brushing session every day will make a huge difference in how much pet hair lands on different surfaces around your home.” A product like this Pat Your Pet Five Finger Grooming Glove is easier to handle than some brushes and can get the job done while you’re literally petting your furry friend. Some pets, of course, shed less than others, including these 25 dog breeds that don’t shed (that much).
Eureka PowerSpeed Lightweight Bagless Upright Vacuum
When it comes to keeping your home clean, Clayton says that the most important pet hair remover to have is a good, reliable vacuum. “I have a lightweight stick vacuum that is easily converted into a handheld vacuum by releasing the wand. Because the vacuum is lightweight and so adaptable, it allows me to quickly and easily clean any surface,” he says. “Floors, carpets, furniture, drapes, car, you name it—the vacuum can wipe it clear of pet hair. A vacuum cleaner is the number one tool for any pet owner with a pet that sheds hair.”
This bagless upright vacuum from Eureka is a good option because it was designed specifically with pet hair in mind and has a detachable wand for getting pet hair in those tough-to-reach places. Here are more of the best vacuums on the market for dog and cat hair.
iRobot’s Roomba 960
Clayton refers to robotic vacuum cleaners as “miracle workers,” since these pet hair removers can work their magic while you’re relaxing or even out for a walk with the dog. “The robot can’t, of course, clean above-floor areas, but because it cleans all floors and even under furniture, it manages to catch most of the pet hair, leaving me with very little to clean up,” he says. Something like iRobot’s Roomba 960 can be programmed with the layout of your home and keep the floors clean even when you’re not around. Even better, it also works with Alexa, so you can ask it to handle cleaning up an area when messes happen. For the best possible results, here are the places you should (and shouldn’t) store your Roomba.
Scotch-Brite Lint Roller
“If you don’t want to show up to work with your suit covered in dog or cat hair, you should always carry a lint roller with you,” says Clayton. It’s also a good idea to keep them stashed in places like your car and your hallway cabinet. And if you’re only using a lint roller on your outfit, you’re missing out. Here are 15 other things you can clean with a lint roller—besides clothes. Other helpful tips? Use static-free dryer sheets to prevent pet hair from getting on your clothes, and put away clothes right after they’ve been cleaned to prevent pet hair from ending up on them in the first place.
Evriholder FURemover Duo
If you’re looking to take things a step further than your standard lint brush, the dual-purpose FURemover from Evriholder might be exactly what you’re looking for. One side of the plastic brush can be used as a de-shedding tool to help remove fur from your pet, while the other side can be used to remove fur from your upholstery and your clothes.
Pick It Up Mitt
The Pick It Up Mitt works like a “hair magnet” to help you remove hair from your clothing, furniture, and more. A lint-roller replacement of sorts, the mitt fits over your hand, making cleaning as easy as wiping. Once you’ve picked up all that hair, simply wipe the other way to remove it from the mitt so you can clean something new. To get your home spotless, check out these 16 genius cleaning hacks you’ll want to steal from professional house cleaners.
FURemover Extendable Broom
Sure, a regular broom can remove some pet hair from your home, but not as well as the FURemover can. The external broom has bristles made from natural rubber that will attract lint, pet hair, and more. The broom can be used on floors, but it can also help you keep your upholstery clean.
Your basic rubber gloves are actually amazing pet hair removers. According to Apartment Therapy, there are two ways to remove hair from your living space. The first requires nothing but the glove on the affected area. The friction will create static energy, causing hair to stick to the glove. For the second option, use a small amount of water to get the gloves slightly damp. The hair will stick to the gloves like a lint roller, and all you have to do is wash them to dispose of it.
Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Removal Tool
It’s not particularly pretty to look at, but pet owners swear by the Fur-Zoff. The gadget is made from 90 percent foamed recycled glass and can be used to remove pet hair from furniture, car interiors, clothing, bedding, carpets, and more. If you have a pet, keeping your car clean can be a particular challenge. Here are some tips from people who always have clean cars.