By Glenda Wise
The other day I was at Parham Chiropractic Clinic and for some reason, we started discussing dog hair and what a battle it is to keep our homes pet hair free.
Dr. Parham suggested I write a column about decorating with pet hair. I thought that might not turn out the way I wanted it to, so I decided to still go the pet hair route, but a different direction---keeping the pet hair to a minimum in the home.
Look, I will be the first to admit, I try really hard to keep the hair to a minimum, but it’s darn near impossible...especially since we continually take in strays. I just can’t resist their sweet little faces.
One of my biggest fears is to have a dinner party and my guests get up from their chair only to find their behind covered in pet hair. I know this seems like a bit of a process, it’s really not that hard and let’s be honest, the alternative is not great for your guests. I go over the chair fabric with a rubber dishwashing glove (if you can only do one of the steps this is the one). The rubber glove will get the majority of the hair. Next, I dampen a cloth with a tiny bit of fabric safe cleaner just for a burst of freshness and wipe it across the chair seat. Finally, I give the chairs a quick vacuum.
I love all my hard surface floors (ehem..the pets are the reason I don’t have carpet), but sometimes the hair seems to take flight across the hard surface and somehow manage to make a ball big enough to create another animal. A great way to keep the hair at bay is to attach a dryer sheet to a Swiffer. Once a week I sweep under all the furniture and then give the floor a good vacuum. I have continually made hints to the family that it would be great if someone, anyone, could run the cordless vacuum every day, but so far no one has caught on to my subtle hints.
I can’t live without lent rollers for my clothes, but they can get pricey when using them on large surfaces. All you need is a paint roller and then wrap duct tape around it.
There you have it, it’s not the most glamourous topic for decorating, but it’s something that most of us deal with on the daily. Happy dehairing!