How to Clean 6 Pet-Hair Problem Areas, According to a Pro

If you have a shedding pet, you know cleaning up all that hair can seem like a never-ending task. But there are plenty of strategies to help you get on with it.

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It’s about having the right tools. “Removing pet hair is one of the most difficult challenges for vacuum cleaners, as static electricity can cause dog and cat hair to adhere to fabrics such as rugs and upholstery.” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Home Cleaning and Maintenance Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Make sure you have an animal-specific vacuum cleaner, such as the Miele Triflex HX1 cordless vacuum cleaner for cats and dogs. An anti-static spray and a lint brush are also good tools to have in your arsenal.

Ready to lose the fur? Here’s how to use these essential tools on some of the most common hot spots in your home.

The couch


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Whether your dog is perched on the furniture or not, there’s a good chance his hair will settle there anyway. To banish animal hair from your sofa or chair, first spray the area with an anti-static spray. This not only helps loosen animal hair from the fabric, but even helps push it back in the first place, says Forte.

Then use your vacuum’s upholstery brush or pet accessory on the cushions and crevices for easier removal. For stubborn stains, put on a rubber glove, dampen it with a little water, then run your hand over the affected area.



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Even if you use an animal-specific vacuum, Forte suggests giving fur-covered rugs a blast of anti-static spray before vacuuming to help lift strands in a flash.

A pet bed

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If there’s one spot that’s sure to be riddled with animal hair, it’s where your furry friend lays his head. To clean a pet bed, take it out and shake it. Then remove as much animal hair as possible by hand with your vacuum, lint roller, or brush. Then wash it by itself on a warm or hot setting, if the fabric is safe. Before putting it in the dryer, perform a second rinse cycle.

Finally, put it in the dryer to grind it up and remove any leftovers. (Don’t forget to clean the pronto lint filter – this is where all animal hair will end up.)

Clothing and blankets


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To remove animal hair from your misfires – stat! – try a used dryer sheet. This household item helps reduce static electricity and loosens animal hair that adheres to fabrics, says Forte.

Alternatively, you can send washable clothes or bedding for a spin in the dryer for a few minutes on the low or air-only setting. The action of the drum will help loosen animal hair and draw it into the filter. When the cycle is complete, clear the lint filter.

Hardwood floors

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In general, hardwood floors should be vacuumed at least once a week and cleaned with water every one to two months, depending on the traffic in your home. For the deepest clean days, use an animal-specific vacuum like honey to suck up most of Fluffy’s fur.

Then wash off with water with a parquet cleaner. Simply spray a small area 3 feet by 3 feet with the cleanser and wipe the area with a microfiber mop, moving around the room.

Your car


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Because cordless hand vacuums are easy to maneuver and do not require a grip, they make cleaning the interior of your car much easier. Miele runs on a removable battery that has around 60 minutes of run time, and you can use the portable unit and all the accessories to clean the seats, carpet, trunk and get into all those little crevices.

For stubborn blind spots, like car seat folds, try a specially designed device double-sided lint brush.

Heavy animal hair doesn’t stand a chance against Miele. Find out more about the Miele Triflex HX1 cordless vacuum cleaner series here.

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