How to Control Dog Hair in the House

breed typeIf you own one or more dogs and you have asked yourself these questions (or something similar) on more than one occasion.

How can I control dog hair in my house?

How do I keep my dog’s hair from getting everywhere?

How do I keep my dog from shedding so much?

Cleaning and controlling dog hair is one of the most frustrating parts of being a dog owner for many of us.

We understand your frustration, and we have some awesome solutions for you.

If this post, we will share a list of simple and effective tips to help you reduce your domestic dog hair problem.

Some will be related to effectively grooming your dog, so the hair doesn’t cover your home.

The rest will be related to how you can clean up the hair as easily and effectively as possible.

(We have divided the list up into a grooming and a cleaning section for easy reading).

Some are free, some will cost you money, some take more work than others, but they all get the job done.

Let’s take a look at the list in short and then dive into the details.

Life Hacks to Help You Control Dog Hair in Your Home

  1. Learn the Rubber Glove Trick
  2. Invest in an iRobot Roomba
  3. Try Using a ChomChom Roller
  4. Invest in a Really Good Vacuum Cleaner
  5. Frequent Cleaning is Better than Less Regular Deep Cleaning
  6. Invest in an Air Purifier Designed for Dog Hair
  7. Use a Good Quality Broom on Hardwood Floors and Tiles

Learn the Rubber Glove Trick

This is a super simple hair removal trick; just put on a rubber glove and run your hand over any area that needs cleaning.

Does this sound too easy? Check out this really short video to see how it works.

Invest in an iRobot Roomba

What is an iRobot Roomba? Roomba’s are robot vacuum cleaners made by the iRobot company.

They are amazing inventions; you turn it on and set it off. The Roomba will then safely and carefully work its way through your home, vacuuming up all the pet hairs, dust, and dirt as it goes.

So if you like the idea of a robot vacuum doing household chores for you while to relax and do more fun or interesting things, check out the link below.

(We may receive a commission if you purchase from these links).


How much does it cost?

Pros:

  • Cleans up the dog’s hair on autopilot.
  • Because it is fully automated, it is really easy to run it every day and keep on top of the hair build-up.
  • Great for covering large areas of flooring.
  • Works well on carpets and hardwood floors.
  • It can easily cope with a heavy and frequent amount of shedding.
  • Probably the easiest thing you can do to control a dog hair loss in your home.

Try Using a ChomChom Roller

What is a ChomChom Roller? A ChomChom hair roller is a lint roller designed to be very effective at removing dog hair.

You simply roll the roller vigorously in a back-forth motion across the area that you need to clean, and it pulls up the hair into a storage compartment.

You can find out more by clicking this link…


How much does it cost?

Pros:

  • It doesn’t need batteries, a charger, or a power cord, and you won’t need any replacement parts or have to buy any sticky tape.
  • It is really easy to use.
  • The pet fur it picks up is stored and easy to dispose of.
  • It is perfect for cleaning living room furniture, throw rugs, slip covers, and car upholstery.

Invest in a Really Good Vacuum Cleaner

A good quality vacuum cleaner should be the cornerstone of your battle against your dog’s shedding hair everywhere.

If you can make sure that you give the house a good going over with a vacuum (or Roomba if you hate cleaning) once or twice a week, this will go a long way to help keep the hair under some level of control.

Click on this link below to see a great example of the sort of vacuum we recommended.


How much does it cost?

Pros:

  • If you have a decent quality vacuum, it will eliminate hair and dog dander (which causes allergies).
  • A vacuum is really easy to use.
  • You can use it on floors, furniture, carpets, and your car.
  • The hair is easy to dispose of once the vacuum has picked it up.
  • Works well even on long dog hair.
  • Vacuums can also make great grooming tools (more on this later).

Frequent Cleaning is Better than Less Regular Deep Cleaning

Little and often is definitely a good approach when trying to control dog hair in the house.

If you can regularly whizz around with a vacuum or give your furniture a quick once over with a lint roller, it makes a big difference.

The annoying thing about pet hair is that the longer you leave it in your home, the harder it is to get rid of it.

It gets ground in and embedded into fabrics and furniture; even on hard surfaces, it becomes sticky and gets welded onto them.

Obviously, now and then, you will need to give your home a really deep clean, but this should not be substituted for smaller but much more regular cleaning to keep on top of things.

Invest in an Air Purifier Designed for Dog Hair

If you use a good quality air purifier designed to deal with pet hair and with a HEPA filter, it can make a huge difference to your home’s cleanliness.

The air filter will catch pet hair, dander, dust, dust mites, smells, smoke, etc., and keep it from polluting your home.

Click the link below to check prices and find more information on our recommended air filters for pets.


How much does it cost?

Pros:

  • Catches dog hair and removes it from the air in your home before it lands on carpets and furniture.
  • Removes pet hair dander, which is the cause of most pet allergies.
  • It also removes smells, smoke, dust, mites, and other nasty stuff you want to eliminate.
  • Easy to run, it is 99% fully automated (you just need to do filter changes).

Use a Good Quality Broom on Hardwood Floors and Tiles

Sometimes the old inventions (with a new twist) are the best. A good old fashioned dustpan and groom are a great thing to have in your cleaning cupboard.

Newer models like this pet hair broom we recommend from Treelen have some great features to make your chores much easier.


How much does it cost?

Pros:

  • Simple, cheap, and effective.
  • The rubber comb on the edge of the dustpan pulls all the pet hairs off the bristles.
  • Great for giving hardwood floors or floor tiles a quick going over.

Grooming Tips to Limit Shedding in Your House

  1. Figure Out When and How Often Your Dog Sheds
  2. Learn How to Vacuum Your Dog!
  3. Get Your Dog’s Nutrition Right
  4. If Concerned About Excessive Shedding Visit the Vet

Figure Out When and How Often Your Dog Sheds

Most pet dogs will shed twice every year during spring and fall, but they will also drop some hair all year round.

So if you can figure out when your dog is starting to hit this period of excessive shedding and attack the problem with the methods below, it can really help reduce the amount of hair that ends up in your home.

Obviously, to keep on top of the shedding but also for health and hygiene reasons, dog grooming sessions should be a regular part of any pet parent’s routine.

However, really dealing with the twice-yearly shedding of dogs is a very effective way of keeping your home, carpets, clothing, furniture, and cars less covered in hair.

Learn How to Vacuum Your Dog!

Yes, you read that, right! You can vacuum your dog, and it is safe and fairly easy to do (once the dog gets used to it).

There are even dog grooming tools and attachments that you can buy to fit onto the end of your vacuum cleaner suction hose to make the job easier.

Click the link below to see our recommended dog grooming tool vacuum attachment.


How much does it cost?

Pros:

  • Get rid of the dog hair before it sheds.
  • A fast and effective way of grooming your dog.
  • Some dogs love it!

Note – If you struggle to do this, consider taking a trip to a professional groomer and letting them do it for you.

Get Your Dog’s Nutrition Right

Your dog’s coat should look shiny and healthy, and if it doesn’t, it could be a sign of health issues or poor nutrition.

Obviously, if you are concerned about your pet dog’s health, you should always make sure to take them to a vet (if you can’t afford it, there are often local charities that can help).

But one easy thing to do is make sure your dog is getting enough protein, your dog needs protein to maintain it’s fur, so this is an easy way to help reduce shedding.

Invest in a good quality, high protein dog food, and see if it improves the quality of your dog’s coat.

If Concerned About Excessive Shedding Visit the Vet

While seasonal heavy shedding and all year round, lighter shedding is a perfectly normal and healthy pattern for your dog.

If your pet shows signs of really excessive shedding, you should take them to see a veterinarian.

Some shedding problems can be a sign of a more serious health issue, so it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Conclusion

Ok, so that turned into quite a long post.

We did our best to cover the question of how pet owners can control dog hairs in the home from as many different angles as possible.

To sum it all up, investing in good quality tools and appliances can make a huge difference in helping you get the level of dog hair in your home to a reasonable level.

Also, you can use some really good tips and tactics to keep your home cleaner and fresher.

Finally by working hard to catch the pet hair during the twice-yearly shedding seasons, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort in your household cleaning chores.

One Final Tip – Before you go, one last tip if you are in a rush and don’t have the right tools and appliances to hand.

Packaging tape is a really effective hair remover. It works great on dog and cat hair, and if the sort of thing pretty much everyone pet owner has lying around somewhere.

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