long haired cat

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I saw this somewhere: “Why do you think they call it furniture?” and thought it was cute. I have to admit I don’t clean the cat hair off my furniture as often as I should, but then there comes that point where it must be done! Here are the ways I’ve found to be the best way to do it.

My absolute favorite tool is a self-cleaning lint brush. These are wonderful at getting the hair off and then, with a few clicks back and forth, they put the hair into a chamber in the tool. Regular lint brushes are a pain, because you have to then rub them in the opposite direction to get the hair off. Then you still have the hair on something else…very time consuming and frustrating. The self cleaning kind aren’t expensive either…another huge plus in my world! Here are two from Amazon (an affiliate…if you click on it and buy it, I get a small commission) you can check out.

My next favorite method is a rubber glove. I usually use the disposable latex gloves. I get mine at Sams Club and so they are inexpensive. Some fabrics work better with this method. Just put the glove on, rub in one direction and it will gather up the hair. If it doesn’t work in one direction, be sure to try the other direction, as some fabrics will only clean well done in a certain direction.

One word of warning. The glove can get a little hot when you’re really working away at it, so take a well deserved break once in a while!  Also, it sometimes helps to just slightly dampen it. I have found some fabrics that just seem to defy being cleaned, but if I dampen the glove it works.

Along the same lines is using a damp paper towel. Make sure it’s damp enough but, obviously, not drippy at all. I use this on my pillow cases and it works great. That way I can freshen them up without having to wash them every day.

I used to use those sticky lint rollers, but they took forever to get the hair off and I would end up using half a roll just to clean a small area. I read that they leave behind a slight layer of that sticky stuff that actually attracts hair. Makes sense to me, so I have given up on them.

I think I have tried just about every tool and method out there and, honestly, the three I mentioned are the only ones that work for me. Hope this helps you “de-fur” your clothes and furniture. If you have a good method I haven’t mentioned, please tell me in the comment section below. I would love to hear about it!