Tackling Pet Hair and Stains At Home
Written By Liliana Duque, Housekeeping Director
One of the most persistent issues pet owners face is animal hair — on floors, furniture, and clothing. There are a number of easy and practical tips that can help control pet hair and remove stains at home so that you and your pets are happy.
Start initially by placing an old towel or sheet wherever your pet likes to rest, and periodically shake it outside to remove most of the hair before tossing it in the washing machine. Grooming your pet regularly will help diminish the problem of pet hair.
Pet Hair on Carpeting – vacuum several times a week using full suction to remove pet hair on carpeting. Use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Pet Hair on Hard Floors — on wood and other hard floors, use an electrostatic mop. They’re more efficient than vacuums since they don’t blow the hair around.
Pet Hair on Clothing — use a tape roller. Loop a ribbon through the handle and hang one from the doorknob inside closets throughout the house so they’re always available to use.
Pet Hair on Upholstery — use the vacuum’s upholstery tool or a hand vacuum with a motorized beater-bar attachment. Lint brushes designed for clothing and dry sponges (sold at pet-supply stores) also work well.
Work Quickly on Pet Stains — the sooner you can get to a pet stain, the better. Pet urine left on carpets can permanently alter the dye. Remove any solid residue with a dull knife.
Use Dish Washing Liquid — blot fresh stains with a clean, white cloth. After absorbing as much moisture as possible, apply a solution of ¼-teaspoon clear dish washing liquid mixed with one cup tepid water; blot with another clean, dry towel. Rinse by blotting with a towel dampened with tepid water. Continue alternating with a soapy towel and a clean, damp towel until the stain is gone. To remove stale stains or persistent odor, call a professional carpet cleaner.
The housekeeping department at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club offers a variety of services to our members. Call 352-402-4377 to schedule an appointment and follow our housekeeping blog to learn more great tips.