Pets: We love them, but we don’t love their messes. Pet hair is one of the most annoying parts of being a pet owner because it gets on everything, especially your floor. Whether you have hardwood floors or carpet, keeping your floor clear of pet hair can become a real chore. Not only is excessive pet hair unsightly– it can cause bigger problems, like indoor allergies and flea infestations. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your floor from being taken over by pet hair.
Pick Your Breed Carefully
If you don’t yet have a pet (but are considering getting one), look into breeds with minimal to no shedding. Even if hairless pets aren’t your thing, you can find breeds that shed less overall than others. Portuguese water dogs, poodles, Yorkies, and greyhounds are popular dog breeds that shed very little. Many of these breeds are considered hypoallergenic precisely because of the lack of shedding, so they’re also a great choice for pet owners who struggle with indoor allergy symptoms.
Groom Your Pet Regularly
Keeping up with regular grooming goes a long way towards a clean floor. Long-haired cats and dogs should be groomed monthly, and they should be brushed several times a week. If your dog has a normal coat, you can skip the groomer and just give them a weekly bath at home with a good brushing afterward. If your pet’s coat is maintained properly, you’ll notice less hair on your floors. Bonus: combined with a good topical treatment, regular grooming can also help your pet to remain flea-free.
Sweep or Vacuum Consistently
Even if your pet doesn’t shed very much, as a pet owner you’re going to deal with more hair than an animal-free household. You can control the mess by keeping a consistent cleaning schedule. For carpets, it is best to vacuum twice a week, but once a week is a good rule of thumb for most busy schedules. Hardwoods can be swept with a broom or duster multiple times a week, whenever hair or other debris is visible.
Even if indoor pets are part of your family, you can maintain a clean, hair-free household with a little work and planning. Following these tips will put you well on your way to taking care of the pet hair problem in your own home and keeping your flooring looking as good as new.