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How to: Quick Guide to Removing Cat Hair From Couches and Furniture

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In this ‘how to’ guide, we’ll talk about the different types of fabric and the best methods for removing cat hair from these various types of furniture. It’s important to consider the material of your furniture to ensure you are removing cat hair from it effectively without wrecking it!

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Upholstered Furniture (Fabric Sofas, Chairs, etc.)

  • Vacuuming with a brush attachment or pet hair removal tool is highly effective for lifting cat hair from fabric upholstery. That is, afterall, what they are made for.
     
  • Rubber gloves or damp sponges can help loosen hair from fabric surfaces.
     
  • Lint rollers, tape, and fabric softener sprays work well for removing hair from fabric upholstery.
     
  • Pet-safe furniture covers are suitable for protecting fabric upholstery from future cat hair accumulation.

Leather or Vinyl Furniture

  • Vacuuming with a brush attachment or wiping with a damp cloth can help remove cat hair from leather or vinyl surfaces.
     
  • Rubber gloves or damp sponges can also be used to lift hair from these materials.
     
  • Lint rollers or tape may work, but be cautious to avoid damaging the leather or vinyl surface.

Wooden Furniture (Tables, Chairs, etc.)

  • Vacuuming with a brush attachment is effective for removing hair from upholstered parts of wooden furniture, such as chair seats.
     
  • Rubber gloves or damp cloths can be used to wipe cat hair from smooth wooden surfaces.
     
  • Lint rollers or tape may work for removing hair from wooden surfaces, but be gentle to avoid scratching the finish.
     
  • A damp cloth can work great, as well, or a static duster mop head can do wonders in making your life easier.

Microfiber Furniture

  • This is where it gets tricky. Vacuuming with a brush attachment or wiping with a damp cloth can help remove cat hair from microfiber upholstery but it’s important to be gentle.
     
  • Rubber gloves or damp sponges can also be used to lift hair from microfiber surfaces.
     
  • Lint rollers, tape, and fabric softener sprays are suitable for removing hair from microfiber upholstery.

Outdoor Furniture (Patio Chairs, Cushions, etc.)

  • Just let the wind do its magic! And ofcourse, like the others, vacuuming with a brush attachment or using a handheld vacuum can help remove cat hair from outdoor furniture cushions.
     
  • Rubber gloves or damp cloths can be used to wipe hair from outdoor furniture surfaces.
     
  • Lint rollers, tape, and fabric softener sprays may also be effective for outdoor furniture, depending on the material.

Preventative

Preventative


Did you know that if you brush your pet daily that it’ll reduce shedding by over a half? Daily brushing helps to remove loose and dead hair from the cat's coat before it has a chance to shed onto furniture, carpets, and clothing.

By consistently removing this excess fur, you can minimize the amount of hair that is shed throughout the home. And that’s not all the benefits it has, brushing stimulates the cat's skin and promotes healthy circulation, which can contribute to a healthier coat and will reduce shedding even more over time!

While daily brushing may not eliminate shedding entirely, (in some breeds it almost can), it does greatly reduce the volume of loose fur in the home and make shedding more manageable.

It's important to use the appropriate brush your cat's coat type  and to brush gently to avoid causing discomfort or skin irritation. Consistency is key, so establishing a regular brushing routine can greatly reduce how much cat hair winds up on your furniture.

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