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Cat hair be gone: Proven methods on how to remove cat hair from furniture

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Ah, the eternal struggle of keeping our couches clean and looking sleek and stylish in the face of our feline friends' shedding tendencies. Why does it always look like your cat’s favorite spot is the entire couch?

Best way to get cat hair off couch

Best way to get cat hair off couch


If this sounds like your couch, read this ultimate arsenal of tricks to rid your couch of cat hair and restore it to its former glory. Let's get started with the best ways to get that cat hair from your living room couch:

Vacuum, no kidding?

Your vacuum cleaner is your first line of defense against a cat hair invasion. But it’s important to have it equipped with the proper brush attachment designed for pet hair removal.

Attach it and give your couch a thorough vacuuming session. Pay special attention to crevices, seams, and under cushions where cat hair loves to lurk. For stubborn hair, use a rubber brush attachment or a lint brush attachment to loosen and lift it away.

If you are just vacuuming without an attachment you’ll probably be disappointed in the result – the attachment is key!

Related one: How to stop cat hair from sticking to clothes

Harness the Power of Tape

No lint roller on hand? No problem! Grab a roll of masking or packing tape and wrap it around your hand with the sticky side out. Gently press the tape onto the surface of your couch and watch as it lifts cat hair like a pro.

For larger areas, wrap the tape around a paint roller or spatula for more coverage. I prefer packing tape because it is very sticky and wide and holds its stickiness more than masking tape.

Ah tape, is there anything it can’t do? I guess it can’t brush your cat, don’t even think about it.

Embrace the Magic of Rubber

Rubber gloves aren't just for washing dishes, my friends. Oh no no no, just don a pair of slightly damp rubber gloves and glide your hands over your couch's surface.

The rubbery texture helps attract and lift cat hair, leaving your couch looking fur-free and fabulous. Plus, it's oddly satisfying to see the hair cling to your gloves like magic. The only negative thing with this is that misted or wet cat fur feels pretty awful to touch.

Deploy the Fabric Softener Spray

Mix equal parts water and fabric softener in a spray bottle and lightly mist your couch with the solution. The anti-static properties of fabric softener will help loosen cat hair from the fabric, making it easier to remove with a quick swipe of your hand or a lint roller.

Plus, your couch will smell like a bouquet of freshly laundered linens so it’s a win-win. This is also a good idea to do after you’ve gotten all the hair out because it’ll prevent new fur from sticking to it.

Invest in a Pet-Safe Furniture Cover

These things do exist and they are pretty great. Prevention is the best medicine, as they say.

Consider investing in a pet-safe furniture cover to protect your couch from future cat hair invasions. These covers are designed to be easily removable and washable, making them a stylish and practical solution for keeping your couch looking pristine.

I also like the idea that you can get a couple in different colors and keep ole Fluffy guessing on where his favorite couch disappeared to.

Pumice stone or Furniture scrapers

A recent trend is using light (and cheap) pumice stones to gently glide along your couch surface. This also works on rugs and carpets. The texture and porous holes in them do a great job at gripping and collecting all the shedded hair on your couch. Try it!

Regular Maintenance is Key

Don’t let that hair get away from you or you may start forgetting what the natural color of your couch is. Make a habit of giving your couch a quick once-over with a lint roller or vacuum cleaner at least once a week to stay ahead of the cat hair game.

Also, think about switching up your couch for a fabric that is less clingy to pet hair. Velvet, suede, they’re the worst ones amiright? And what is this, 1970? Try a linen or leather couch and train all Fluffy-monster to stay off it!

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