Owning a pet can be a hairy business. While there is no end to the cutesy antics of our little bundles of joy, there’s also no end to their hair shedding and making our homes look like textile factories.
The shedding of fur is an essential life process for all dogs and helps them remove old fur. This is so that a new and shiny coat can grow in its place.
Whether your dog is a high shedding breed like a Labrador retriever or a low fur one like a dachshund, dog hair is just part and parcel of life with your pooch. Today, we’re bringing you the best tools for managing the hairy mess at your home with ease.
1. Rubber Gloves
One of the simplest ways of removing dog hair from your home involves a good old fashioned pair of rubber gloves. Put on a pair of basic latex gloves, get them slightly damp (or even dry) and go to town on your fur-covered sofa, rug or clothes.
2. Sticky Lint Roller
One of the least expensive ways of removing dog fur, the Sticky Lint Roller is a handy little device for a quick touch of cleaning here and there. The sticky tape of the lint roller will remove pet hair from carpet, clothes, furniture and soft surfaces and needs to be replaced after a certain amount of use.
It’s not the ideal tool for dehairing the whole living room in one go. But for many, it’s probably going to be enough. If looking for a more eco-friendly solution that doesn’t require consumables, try the Sticky Buddy Reusable Pet Hair Remover Brush. For a lint roller on steroids, try the Evercare Pet Mega Cleaning Roller.
3. Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner
If you’re looking for the best in dog hair removal, nothing beats the Dyson Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner. Although a bit expensive, the strong suction power, reliability and convenience of this upright vacuum is unmatched and will help you get the job done for years to come.
The Dyson also comes with a tangle-free turbine tool for removing dirt and hair from carpets and upholstery. If this one’s out of your budget, there’s also the Dyson Animal Upright 2 and the Shark Rotator TruePet.
4. ChomChom Roller
One of the most innovative dog/cat hair cleaning products in recent years. You’ll be amazed by the results of the ChomChom roller. It doesn’t require any consumables such as sticky sheets and instead has a special fine-bristled roller to pick up fur and a little compartment to store it. Simply run the roller back and forth over couches, beds or any soft surface and watch it magically collect all the hair.
5. FURminator deShedding Tool
FURminator is a wonderful grooming tool to help keep your dog’s fur in great shape while taking care of the fur before it even hits your floors and furniture. Brush your dog’s fur with FURminator to remove loose fur from the undercoat to keep your dog clean, groomed and less prone to shedding. FURminator is recommended for large dogs with long hair.
6. KONG Zoom Groom
The Zoom Groom is a grooming brush for your pet that also works for shampooing. It removes loose hair from your pet and stimulates capillaries on your pet’s skin to promote a healthy skin and coat. It works great for both short and long fur and leaves your pet feeling good after a “groomassage”. The only minor downside is that dogs may mistake it for a chew toy.
7. Pick It up Mitt
Pet hair removal mitts can be useful for spot cleaning on soft materials and delicate clothing. These gloves are made of a special material that has soft little nubs that pick up pet hair and can be easily cleaning by rubbing two mitts together in opposite directions.
8. FURemover Broom
The FURemover broom is a specialized broom designed to deal with fluffy, floaty, hard-to-sweep messes such as dog hair. A staple of doggie daycares, this broom works equally well on carpet and hard surfaces (like wood, tile or linoleum), and works by pulling fur and hair into the tool for easy disposal.
9. FUR-D Duo Fur Remover
This brush comes with two brushing surfaces and can be used as either a grooming tool or a fur remover brush. The larger-bristled side can be used to groom your pet and remove loose fur. The finer-bristled side can be used for brushing hair off of couches, upholstery or clothes.
10. Winix Pet Air Purifier
If you or someone in your home is allergic to your pet, a good air purifier can help keep the place clean and make the air feel less stuffy. While most air purifiers are good for dealing with pollen and smoke, this Winix model was built specifically to purify the air with pet hair and dander in it. Using PlasmaWave technology, this purifier gets rid of pollutants on a molecular scale, neutralizing viruses, odors, and allergens. It also has washable air filters.
This cheap little product is like a pumice stone for lifting pet hair out of upholstery and carpeting and is very good at what it does. Reviewers are amazed at how good it is at attracting hair and auto interior detailers swear by this product. You have to clean the rock as you go because it loses its ability to collect hair once it has caught enough. This little rock works great on soft surfaces but you have to be very careful on hard surfaces because it can scratch them.
12. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum
If you don’t have the space for an upright vacuum such as the Bissel or Shark Rotator, a hand vacuum such as this Bissell can also do the job. It’s great for small spaces and has nearly the same suction power as an upright vacuum. It’s cordless, which means you’ll never trip on a power cord, and comes with an upholstery and crevice tool so you can use it to get hair out of every nook and cranny. Alternatively, go for a robot vacuum - it might just change your life.... for the better!