Cleaning Furry Floors and Furniture

I don’t own a pet, yet I am intrigued by the Scotch Fur Fighter Hair Remover for Upholstery. It claims to completely clean pet fur (even embedded hair) from upholstery.

Have you seen the commercial? It shows a homeowner basically erasing pet hair from all of her furniture. The product even grabs fur from between seams and cushions with its super duper Microtrap Gripper feature. The gripper sheets can then be removed and disposed of, and the hair and dander that’s sticking to it goes into the trash too.

Sounds fantastic, right?

The product comes with a few disclaimers, mainly ones that warn not to use the product on delicate fabrics or leather, but for the most part the Fur Fighter appears to be a winner.

But what about all the hair your dog sheds on your hardwood floors? The Fur Fighter won’t do you any good in that case. So, what’s a pet owner to do?

For starters, forget about sweeping. When you use a broom to sweep up dog hair the flicking motion can actually spread it. Instead, vacuum your floor with a hardwood floor attachment or hard flooring setting. Doing so will eliminate most hair. Robotic vacuums are also very effective in cleaning up dog hair. Another option is to use dry dust sweepers.

If your dog’s hair is getting caught on parts of the hardwood floor when you try to clean it, the sealer coat may be thin or uneven. To fix this, re-apply the sealer in the affected area until you achieve a smooth, even coat that is void of sharp edges. If the edges are really bad, you may have to strip the floor before applying new sealer. However, in the end your hard work will pay off, as a well applied layer of sealer can last several years.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.