We all adore our furry companions, but let’s face it: they can be a pain at times. When cats start losing their coats – especially during the winter months – it’s one of those duties we all have to deal with. It gets on your clothing, linens, bedsheets, and their beds… The simple approach is to vacuum and use your washing machine. Your vacuum cleaner, on the other hand, is more adapted to the rigours of cleaning pet hair, but your washing machine would struggle. This is because pet hair and water can combine to make hair removal even more difficult. This results in clumps of hair that not only attach to your clothes throughout the wash, but also get stuck to the drum and, worse, plug the drain. The latter is particularly undesirable since it means the unclean water does not drain correctly, potentially necessitating the services of a plumber in the future. Pet hair may play a significant role in clogged drains. Thankfully, if you act now, you won’t have to submit yourself to future repairs.
Before you put it in the washing machine, attempt to remove as much hair as possible, just like you would with your pet’s bedding. Putting on a slightly moist marigold glove and rubbing it down your bedsheets is a creative and surprisingly efficient method to accomplish this. The moisture, along with the smoothness of the surface, will aid in snatching up those stray hairs. If the hairs are extremely persistent, a fast no-heat cycle in your dryer might help unsettle the excess and allow you to quickly shake it out after the sheets are removed from the drum. You may also add roughly 100ml of white vinegar as a rinse to serve as a softener, which will aid in the removal of any tenacious hairs.
Let’s start with your pet’s bedding before moving on to the more important issue of bed linens. While we don’t usually think about cleaning our pets’ bedding, it’s still vital to do so on a regular basis, especially because your pets may bring in all sorts of filth, trash, and who knows what else into your home. Keeping your pet’s bedding clean is essential for their hygiene and to guarantee that no one develops allergic responses as a result of extra dander floating around. It also kills any hazardous insects, parasites, or their eggs that may have taken up residence on your pet’s bed. To clean their bedding, use a vacuum cleaner or a hoover to remove as much hair as possible.
The bed should then be machine washed and dried. Simply follow the directions on the label to do this task in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Remember to clean the filters in your washing machine and/or dryer on a regular basis to avoid a build-up of pet hair, which allows the filters to trap more hair. If there are a lot of hairs, it could be worth doing this midway through the cycle.