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How to Remove Pet Fur Off Clothes and Furniture


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You love your pets – enough that you’ve looked into pet insurance, right? – but find their fur all over your clothes and furniture. Are you ready for these quick fixes to finally remove that pet fur from your wardrobe, furniture, surfaces, and floors?

Needing tips for your poor furry car instead? Read our ‘simple ways to pet proof your car like a pro’ article.

Now, let’s get cleaning your home…

First, the prep – Vinegar wash for the win

For clothes and linen you’ll want to add ½ cup of white vinegar to your next laundry load. This will dislodge the hairs and make it easier for them to come off.

Then try the following tips. Note that anything else you usually throw in the washing machine will benefit from these too!

Dry sponge bath

Run a dry sponge along your jacket, lounge suite or trousers to easily lift light hairs. Same goes for furniture, floors and other surfaces, though the damp duster (next step) will likely yield a better result here.

Damp duster

Run a slightly wet duster cloth along furry clothes or cushions. The moist surface will help to lift the little hairs like a genie. This also works on flooring, furniture and so on.

TIP: wring out the duster first to avoid drips and dribbles.

Remove pet fur with rubber gloves

Rubber gloves have so many uses and getting pet fur off your fabrics is one of them. Run your gloved hands along the offended surface and see those little hairs lift. Get your primary school scientist on with the static energy!

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Remove pet fur via DIY-style lint roller 

When you want to remove pet fur there’s no need to invest in an expensive contraption that might break. The affordable version is so easy, you can do it in a minute or less. Wrap packaging tape, sticky side out, around your four fingers a few times (so that it loops around and sticks to itself). Then run your taped hands along the soiled surface. This works nicely on dust as well.

TIP: don’t wrap the tape too tight that you can’t slip your paws out of it!

Microfibre those tiny slivers

While every surface responds to the law of pets first, we are glad to inform you that non-upholstered surfaces also respond well to the laws of physics. Run a microfibre cloth along a fur-soiled surface to see them rise to the occasion.

Pumice the pesky furry bits

Want to remove pet fur from the car seats or other upholstery? Gently run a pumice stone with fine perforations along your upholstery to dislodge the stubborn bits. Avoid pleather, plastic, and leather surfaces, of course!

Rubber broom that wooden floor

It’s not only your clothes, is it? Everything seems covered in fur, hairs, dust…. eeeek. Turns out, hardwood surfaces respond really well to the effects of a rubber broom. A bonus is you get a bit of a workout at the same time. No hidden costs, either.

Baking soda sprinkles

Everybody’s favourite home cleaning additive, this clever powder also helps loosen hairs on the carpet. Sprinkle widely before you vacuum for dramatically better results.

Pet insurance to remove pet fur

OK, so pet insurance does nothing to remove pet fur… unless you use it to claim for a surgery your pet had to be shaved for. A long bow, we know. But there are plenty of things cat insurance and dog insurance is good for.

Like reimbursing you (potentially for thousands of dollars a year) for all kinds of medical bills for accidents and illnesses as well as helping cover costs for damage your pets do to other people or their property (God forbid).

When you know PD Insurance offers one or more months of free cat insurance or dog insurance for your furkids if you sign up online, why wait a moment more? Go on – getting your fur kid covered will take you way less time than removing the fur they’ve covered your home with.

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