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Brooms don't do a very good job at picking up dog hair from the floor. I put a microfiber cloth around my broom bristles and secure it with a rubberband. Tada! It picks up the dog hair.
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My husband and I just bought a really nice sectional. I do not know if it is suede or micro fiber. It's pretty that's all I know. Anyway, my beagle keeps getting on the furniture when we are gone or at night when we sleep. I keep finding dog hair on it. Does anyone know how to deter a pet from getting on furniture? If not, what is a good way to get dog hair off other than the vacuum or lint roller? I would hate to kick the dog outside, but this is expensive furniture and she knows she is not supposed to be on it. Please help.
Elizabeth from Lebanon, MO
I have a tip for you Karla. This works for a bed or a couch usually. You know those old wooden kid gates that are basically made of thin criss-crossed pieces of wood.
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My dog sheds like crazy. I just take a wet cloth and wipe it right off. It's wonderful. Depending on how much hair, you may have to rinse your cloth and repeat a few times. (09/05/2007)
I had a couch like this and the only way to get the hair off is with a wet cloth. I never did try a rubber glove. That may work better. I got rid of the couch because I could not stand seeing the color uneven. I guess it helped that the couch was the same color as the dogs so the hair was not that obvious. Good luck! (09/09/2007)
Use a microfiber cloth, it picks up everything off micro fiber furniture. (10/12/2007)
Use a microfiber cleaning cloth. It picks it right up. (10/12/2007)
I read the posts and noticed that no one mentioned the Home Reserve Furniture. You can look at it at
www. homereserve.com. They have couches, sofas, sectionals, chairs, and ottomans and quite a choice in fabrics. They have some pet fabric which is great for pets that drool, and or leak. It has some type of microbial action as well as not letting the liquid go into the fabric. They will send you any fabric selections you wish for $1.00 each. I rubbed the microfiber fabric on my dogs and found it to be reasonable considering.
Also I noticed that many people mentioned having to cover their couches with slipcovers and sheets etc. At Home Reserve the furniture is made so that you put it together. The good news is that if a pet or child ruins a section of the furniture you can replace just that section. That spoke to me because I had a puppy chew a brand new chair several years ago. Another great feature is that if after time the fabric gets older looking or you even just want to redecorate with new colors, you can order the entire set of covers for a really reasonable price. You can also take off any and all of the fabric on the furniture if necessary and stick it in the wash if you choose a washable microfiber or pet fabric.
The instructions on the washable fabrics just say to wash on a mild cycle, spin dry, and put back on damp. The site shows lots of customer reviews and there is also a site for fans of home reserve where people show the furniture they have and tell how they like it. There is a great video showing a young family putting together their small sectional.
No, I don't work for Home Reserve. I am just buying the furniture myself because I like clean furniture and I like my animals to be part of my family. I'm tired of having a couch that is still in good to great condition, except for dingy fabric, and having to just give it away or throw it away in order to have a new look. This is even much cheaper than reupholstering yourself if you can (and I have done that). Its also a lot cheaper than paying someone to reupholster.
At least take a look and see what you think. The price is very reasonable which is much more than you can say about most slipcover furniture. And remember this is not a Slipcover. The furniture looks like regular upholstery. I had also checked some other slipcover couches to see how much it would cost for a new slipcover and it was more than the total cost of the Home Reserve Furniture. The fabric is made specifically to fit each part of the furniture and is made to be easily taken off and cleaned and/or replaced.
In fact its easy enough that one satisfied customer suggested that they come up with some holiday fabrics that you can switch and use only at holidays. No word yet on whether they will consider that option.
As far as dog hair on both fabric and rugs, I found that lightly spraying with a solution of water and a little fabric softener really makes it easier for your vacuum. It really works. Luckily my dogs only shed badly twice a year for a short time. I've had other pets that shed all year round. I plan on trying the rubber glove trick too. I don't really think it will be a problem with this fabric from what the reviews say.
Sorry to bend your ear. I was just so excited when I saw it for many of the reasons you writers were asking about that I felt I should give you a heads up. It might be just what you need.Devon (11/13/2007)
I have cats and have been battling the pet hair problem for years. It is ongoing and time consuming. Many things help: anti-static spray, fabric softener sheets, rubber gloves, damp cloth, microfiber cloth, vacuum, lint tape. The most effective thing for me was to just to make some concessions in my lifestyle to accommodate living with pets that shed.
I do not wear fleece or fabric that seems to be magnets for pet hair. And I can't imagine owning a beautiful microfiber couch. The cost in maintenance time would be prohibitive. Keeping mini hand vacuums in handy locations helps. And if you sweep, the "magnet broom" is incredible for sweeping pet hair. Dragging its foam sweeper across a floor causes the hair to collect into an intact pile. (12/02/2007)
Spray a mist of febreeze on rubber glove, wipe one direction, it will clump and fall right off. It's quick and accomplished. (02/24/2008)
By usmc wife
I live in Alaska & in the winter the static is so bad that we buy lots & lots of static guard. Well I just tried it & it does work great. I just sprayed above the seat cover & let the mist fall. Then I took a dry rag & it rolled off. I have 6 cats who stay locked up in the house all winter & trust me I have "HAIR". Summer is on its way. (03/11/2008)
I too have a microfiber couch. I vacuum mine everyday. I have also had to wash the cushions. They turned out wonderful. The best advice is not to get one if you have animals. It will work you to death! (03/13/2008)
Where can I get the micro fiber cleaning cloth? I looked online and the shipping is as much as the cloth. Is that still the way to go? Thanks! (05/27/2008)
I am nearly certain you can get them at Bed Bath and Beyond and Linens and Things. I did get the microfiber fabric and I love it. The pet hair comes right off. I haven't spilled anything so I can't tell you about stains.
I did buy a quality sofa and I think that may make a huge difference in whether pet hair and other issues make for problems or not. (05/28/2008)
I've searched high and low for a solution to the pet hair that accumulates on my micro fiber couch and despite all the various tips I'd read here previously, I still found myself extremely frustrated. The only thing I've ever found to work was a red velvet/felt brush I had found at my grandparent's house. As much as I searched the internet I couldn't find anything like it and when it eventually fell apart I thought I was back to square one.
I heard about the new 'scotch - fur fighter' brush that touted it's ability to pick up pet hair so I went to Target to buy one and give it a try. While I was at the store I actually came across a set of mitts made of the same red felt fabric as the old brush I had. They're PERFECT! They're huge so the job is done in half the time and it picks up every last hair. I was so frustrated with the problem in the past that I vowed to post about a solution if I ever found one. So here I am :) (07/14/2008)
RUBBER GETS HAIR OFF, PERIOD! It's called furemover rubber lint brush. (09/09/2008)