You vacuum your area rugs on a regular basis, and you try your best to keep them clean, but if you have pets, it sure can seem like an uphill battle. Those furry little bundles of joy can wreak serious havoc, like little shedding time bombs filled with love and dander. Sometimes vacuuming alone doesn't do the trick when it comes to eliminating pet hair, so what's a baffled pet lover to do? Take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and grab that area rug. We have work to do.
The Rubber Glove Approach
Here's a little known but highly effective secret for pet hair removal. Take a rubber glove or sandal, place it over your hand, and firmly rub the carpet in the direction of the pile. You'll be amazed by how quickly the hair separates from the rug. This handy little trick is also effective for removing pet hair from clothing and blankets.
The Damp Sponge Approach
Take a damp sponge and gently brush it over the carpet. Make sure not to soak the sponge, as excess water may only make your problems worse (did somebody say mold?). It's best to vacuum the carpet first, and it's also worth noting that this approach works best on low pile rugs. After you have finished with your pet hair removal effort, allow the rug to air dry.
The Baking Soda Approach
This final technique is especially useful if your area rug has become plagued by pet odor. Gently sprinkle baking soda over the rug, let it sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum. The hair will clump together and lift from the rug more readily, along with the baking soda. Your area rug will smell fresh, and your pets will be free to shed again (hey, it's a never-ending job when you love your dogs and cats).
Tips and Tricks
When vacuuming, try using your thin hose extensions. Not only is this approach much easier on the rug fibers, but it's more effective for targeting pet hair and dander. The more often you vacuum, the easier it will be to remove the pet hair. Finally, remember to brush and otherwise groom your pets often, as this will minimize the accumulation of dander.
Pet Lovers Unite
We love our dogs and cats; they bring us tremendous joy, and a bit of hair is a very small price to pay for the unconditional love that these wonderful animals afford us. Still, we want to keep our décor looking ship shape, and with a bit of elbow grease, we can do just that, pets or no pets. If you're looking for some new eco-friendly area rugs of your very own, check out the wide selection at Natural Home Rugs. Our rugs are sustainable, all-natural and affordable. Get yours today.