How to Get Rid of Dust & Pet Hair in the Home

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Pet hair and dust are two nuisances we never like to see in our home. Regardless of how much cleaning we do, we can know with certainty that pet hair and dust will always return. Keeping up with dust and pet hair is challenging, but it can be done. Knowing how often to clean and what to clean will help minimize the amount of pet hair and dust you see in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dust mop and cloths
  • Slip cover or decorative throw
  • Brush designed for pet hair
  • Pet shampoo
  • Pet bed
  • Electrostatic air filter
  • Air cleaner (optional)
  • Dust and vacuum your home consistently. These two activities are the most effective way to remove pet hair and dust from your home. Be diligent and don't let newly-shed fur sit on furniture. Remove it quickly so it won't become embedded into furniture fabric.

  • Purchase furniture coverings or slipcovers to keep dust away from your furniture. You can find many pieces made to fit standard sizes of furniture. Toss a decorative throw or blanket on places where your pet loves to spend a good deal of time.

  • Brush your pets daily to eliminate the amount of pet hair you see in your home. Using the right brush is critical, according to Drs. Foster and Smith, who recommend brushes that are made for your pet's type of hair.

  • Bathe your pet regularly to reduce the amount of hair in your home, recommends Pets.ca.

  • Provide a nice alternative for your pet. Giving your pet a comfortable bed will provide it with another place other than the sofa to rest comfortably.

  • Upgrade to a better air filter for your heating and cooling unit, recommends Reader's Digest. Electrostatic filters work the best and, while they may be more expensive, they work better to keep dust from flowing through your home.

  • Change bedding at least every week. Bedding collects not only dust but skin flakes and "sheds its own fibers and sends out a puff of dust every time you roll over," according to Reader's Digest. Take bedding items that can't be washed in your washing machine outside and shake weekly.

  • Shake your rugs. In addition to regular vacuuming, small rugs need to be shaken weekly and larger area rugs need to be shaken a few times a year.

  • Beat your furniture cushions weekly. Upholstery fabric on cushions can hold dust, and every time you sit down, you release it into the air. Beating cushions with something like a tennis racket reduces dust and other small particles in your furniture cushions.

  • Try an air cleaner. These units remove airborne particles from rooms and are effective in helping eliminate dust and pet hair. To see real improvement, you will need to use one in every room of your home.

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