If you share your home with a furry friend, you know that their hair gets everywhere. But it’s not just your clothes, furniture, and flooring that gets the brunt of the pet hair assault, pet hair also finds its way onto bedding including your blankets, duvets, and sheets. The problem becomes even greater if you are among the pet-owning public that likes to share their sleeping quarters with their favorite pooch. After all when people come to visit, you’d rather they remark on the beauty of your Natuzzi Handstone bed set than the mohair-style bedding adorning it! Thankfully, blankets, duvets, and sheets are easy to wash; however, pet hair accumulation in your washer and dryer can cut down on the life expectancy of your appliances. What is the best way to remove pet hair from bedding?
Leading Pet Hair Removal Techniques
Pet hair loves to stick to everything! To add fuel to the fire, it is also airborne, making it extremely difficult to eradicate from a home completely. Though we love our pooches, we aren’t so in love with finding their hair everywhere. The ideal solution is to keep the hair to a minimum if possible.
Here are some top tips to help with removing pet hair from blankets, duvets, and sheets:
- Wash your bedding frequently.
While it goes without saying that our bedding needs a freshening up at least once a week, frequent washing of bedclothes will help cut down on pet hair accumulation drastically. If you opt to wash your bedding several times a week, it also reduces wear and tear on your washer and dryer. Just be careful to clean out your appliances of any hair gatherings to prevent them from getting inside cracks and crevices which could harm your washer and dryer.
- Brush your dog regularly.
Preventive maintenance is key to keeping pet hair to a minimum. Invest in a good quality brush, and brush your dog several times a week. This one act will help to greatly reduce shedding. Since most of the hair removed from your dog’s coat via brushing will remain in the brush, it also cuts down on the amount of hair that is released back into your home environment.
- Use a lint roller.
Hair loves to cling to sticky surfaces. Lint rollers are ideal for trapping and picking up pet hair. If you don’t have a lint roller, not to worry! Packing tape will do the trick as well. Simply roll a band of packing tape around your hand several times and swipe away. You’ll be amazed at just how much hair this simple technique will remove!
- Give rubber gloves a try.
Rubber gloves work in a similar fashion to a lint roller only instead of actually picking up the hair, they gather it up into a ball for easy removal. To use the rubber glove trick to remove hair from your bedding, wipe your hands across the surface of the sheets, duvet, or blankets in various directions; always coming back to a central point. When you have gathered enough hair to pick up, you can discard it and continue your work until your bedding is relatively hair-free.
- Try a sponge.
Moisture also attracts hair. For best results with this method, you will want to take your bedding outside to give it a good shake to remove as much excess hair as possible. Once you have done this, you can then run a wet sponge across the surface to remove additional hair.
- Vacuum it.
Though not the preferred method for hair removal when it comes to bedding, you can vacuum your hair woes away. This approach is best reserved for heavier bedding such as comforters and duvets.
- Pop it in the dryer.
If your bedding is already clean and just needs hair removed from it, you can pop it directly in the dryer with a dryer sheet. For best results, add a wet towel or washcloth into the mix to draw hair away from your bedding into the wet towel and your lint trap.
If you’ve got a pet, you’ve got pet hair woes! Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep hair frustrations to a minimum. Try some of our top tips today!