When you have a cat or a dog, everything in your apartment can quickly turn into an animal hair magnet. Hair is suddenly found everywhere: on the carpets, the furniture, on your clothes and in the washing machine. We’ll show you how to remove pet hair quickly and how you can remove pet hair in the washing machine.
Removing clingy pet hair from clothing is usually not a problem with a special washing machine. Some washing machine manufacturers have recognised the problem and equipped their devices with washing programs that can effectively remove animal hair. But even a normal washing machine will do the trick. Just select a program for washing delicates and choose a good liquid detergent such as Dynamo Professional Oxi Plus. Make sure that you run the machine at a maximum load of 2.5 kg, clean the fluff filter after each wash, and leave the door open for the machine to dry. Regular cleaning of the washing machine is also important so that it continues to perform well.
The washing machine isn’t the only option to remove pet hair. A tumble dryer is a great option to get rid of pet hair from clothing, sheets, towels, and pet blankets. A dryer will simply suck the hair out of your laundry. To get started, set your dryer to the coolest temperature setting and add the hairy laundry items to the machine before washing them.
Make sure to clean the tumble dryer and empty the lint filter after each cycle.
The hair from our four-legged friends can easily get stuck in the washing machine. To remove hair from the washing machine, leave the door open until the drum is dry and then vacuum it with a vacuum cleaner. Alternatively, you can use a microfibre cloth to wipe the inside of the machine. Follow the same steps to remove pet hair from your tumble dryer.
You can also add a tennis ball, nylon tights, or an adhesive curler to the drum. These items automatically attract hair when washed. Anti-lint balls or washing balls that you put in the laundry are the most effective.
Avoiding pet hair on your clothes is the best way to ensure your laundry remains free from it. Here are our five top tips on how to remove pet hair from clothes and furniture.
To remove pet hair from sofas, carpets, car upholstery, and clothing get a pet brush with a rubber attachment, microfibre or velour covering.
Using a rubber attachment, you can sweep the hairs into a ball and easily dispose of it.
Brushes with microfibre or velour coverings are effective in picking up animal hair. Some brushes are even self-cleaning; they just have to be put into a special housing that pulls the hair off the brush.
Lint rollers are a great option to pick up stray hairs and are available in a variety of sizes. You can find pressure-sensitive adhesive rollers that hair attaches to or rollers with micro-bristles, lint rollers, roller brushes, and brush gloves that you can use to remove loose hairs from your dog or cat.
A special pet hair vacuum cleaner, a vacuum robot or a turbo attachment for your standard vacuum cleaner - every pet owner should have one of these, especially when it comes to cleaning large areas such as carpeted floors. You can also use a handheld vacuum cleaner for your furniture and clothes. Conventional cleaners can be useful to remove animal hair, but they’re not thorough enough without a special attachment.
You can also remove pet hair with a moistened rubber glove. Simply move your hands in a circular motion across the carpet or furniture. Afterward, pull the resulting hairball off your gloves.
Three unusual but useful household hacks against pet hair are: balloons, nylon stockings, and tape. Because of their ability to become statically charged, balloons and nylon stockings attract animal hair magnetically when you rub them across the relevant area. Adhesive strips are useful when you don't have a lint roller on hand. Just tear off a strip of tape and dab it on your clothes and furniture.
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