Dogs like to live in the now, and the moment you are out of the house, they are up for all kinds of mischief till your return. They might believe that they can get away with anything, but do not realize that they leave behind telltale signs of their misdemeanor—hair. It’s particularly severe in summer when they shed their winter coats. Removing all that discarded hair from bedding, clothes or even the pet’s mat can be a challenge, both for you and your washer.
How Not to Let Pet Hair Ruin Your Washer
In general, pet hair is tough to remove especially when water is added to fabrics. It then tends to clump and stick to fabric. Once the items go through a wash, this hair ends up clumping the drains or remains stuck in the crevices around the wash cylinder.
The wet clumps of hair can end up stressing your home’s plumbing by preventing the water from draining properly. Reason enough to do away with as much pet hair on your bedding and clothing before you dump the laundry in the washer.
Tip: Dryers aren’t as affected by pet hair and, using your dryer first can cut down on the amount of pet hair that gets into the washing machine.
Removing Pet Hair From Bedding
The most pet hair ends up where dogs or cats lie down, be it your bed or their own. Pet hair can easily embed itself in the cloth fibers of your sheets, blankets, and clothing.
You can remove most of the hair from clothes with a lint roller or masking tape.
To clean your bedding, put on rubber gloves dampened with water and rub your hands over the sheet. The hair will adhere to the glove, which you’ll need to wash off from time to time.
Running clothes or bedding through a 10-minute no-heat dryer cycle can loosen the pet hair, which will end up in the lint trap. A dryer sheet can help with any static buildup that can keep hair bonded to the fabric. Remove the items out of the dryer, shake them down to get rid of any remaining pet hair, and then toss them in the washer.
Adding some fabric softener to the machine’s rinse cycle will help loosen fabrics and release the pet hair.
You can then clean your washer by running a wash cycle without any clothes. After this, you can wipe down your washer tub with a wet cloth.
Cleaning a Pet’s Bed
If your pet has its own bed, you can take these steps to minimize pet hair.
Brush your pet regularly every day. It’s recommended that you wash down the pet bedding every week followed by an extra rinse cycle to ensure that all hair is removed from the inside of your washer.
Use a lint brush, sticky tape or vacuum to remove as much fur as possible from your pet’s bed, especially the corners and around any buttons or tufting.
Use a stain remover for any extra dirty or lumpy spots.
Washing with hot water can help kill any bugs and insect eggs that may be left on the bed.
You should put the bed out to dry in a well-ventilated sunny area to avoid mildew and mold.
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