As a dog owner, you have light spotted dog hair on your hardwood floor, especially if your dog sheds a lot. The hair can also be spotted on the seats, kitchen, or even in your food.
Cleaning off the fur from the floor of your house can be a tedious job especially if you don’t have the right tools and technics.
Below are some of the best ways to clean and minimize dog hairs from your hardwood floors.
Best Ways to Clean Dogg Hair Off Hardwood Floors
1. Vacuum Cleaner
Using a vacuum cleaner is one of the easiest ways of cleaning fur off your hardwood but it is time-consuming. This is because you have to go over the floor repeatedly for better results.
The main types of vacuum cleaners include handheld, upright canisters and robotic vacuums. Note that not all vacuum cleaners are not ideal for cleaning off a dog’s hair.
It’s advisable to brush your dog’s fur or trim if needed before vacuuming your floors.
2. Using a Microfiber Duster/Mop
A microfiber duster will not only trap dog hairs but also trap dust and finer particles. A microfiber mop is best if you want to clean your floors thoroughly. You should dry off the water completely so that your floors won’t be damaged.
Microfiber pads should be washed or replaced when dirty or fully loaded with hair. Microfiber mops are economical, since they can be re-used.
3. Using a damp mop
You can clean your hardwood floors using a moist mop. Make sure that you dry off the water using a dry towel to avoid damaging the floor.
4. Rubber Broom
A rubber broom will help you pick and retrieve all the hairs from the floor and cracks in your house. Wash and sanitize your broom after using it.
5. Reduce Shedding
This is the basic and easiest way of keeping your hard floors off dog hairs. Brushing your dog’s fur regularly will reduce the amount of hair on your floors making it easier for you to clean them.
You can utilize the humidifiers to remove hairs from your hardwood floors as it prevents loose hair from attaching itself to the floor surfaces.
7. De-shedding gloves
You can clean your hardwood floors by rubbing the gloves over the surfaces. You can also remove loose hair from your dog.
8. Using Grass
You can pick fresh grass or leaves from the farm and use them to clean your hardwood floors. Sprinkle them on the floor and sweep, the wetness in the leaves will trap hair and dust preventing it from being blown into the air.
Ways to Minimize Pet Hair in Your House
You should regularly bathe and brush your dog to prevent loose hair from falling. Trimming should be done but only to some breeds. Do not cut too much hair leaving your dog exposed to cold and parasites.
2. Quality Food
What you feed your dog determines greatly how your shed and his appearance. You should feed your dog with food rich in omega-3, this will make your dog have shiny and attractive fur.
Always follow your vet’s advice on the best food to give your dog rather than giving him any food you think is right for him.
You should make sure that your dog is exercised because he can get bored and start self-biting and licking the skin. This can make the hair get loose. You can buy him play toys to keep him entertained.
4. Control parasites
A dog that is invaded by parasites like ticks and fleas will tend to scratch their skin every now and then. The repeated scratching makes the fur to be loose and eventually falling out. Regularly wash your dogs’ beddings with warm soapy water. Spray your compound with dog-friendly pesticides.
Visit a professional if the parasites are resistant to the above methods.
Allergies can make your dog have itchy skin. These allergies can be a result of a change in diet, bathing shampoo, or household chemicals. If your dog scratches his skin repeatedly, he will lose a lot of hair in the process. Always take note of what type of food, soap, or chemical your dog is allergic to.
You should clean your hardwood regularly, this will prevent the hair from moving to other areas like your bedroom, kitchen, and wardrobes. You should train your dog that hardwood floor areas are a no-go zone, but that will depend on your house layout.
There is no permanent way of having a fur-free house. This is a continuous process that requires persistence. I hope now you fully understand the many ways of cleaning your hardwood floors. Now it’s easy to choose one or combine two methods of your choice.
Best of luck in having a neat house and a lovely dog.