I can tolerate coexisting with an animal in the same habitat, namely my home. I am looking after representatives of both the feline and canine kind (don’t ask me how I do it; it’s a nightmare). I guess you can call me an animal lover, then. But it’s difficult to take care of pets. They require lots of attention and tending after their needs – cats you need to feed and dogs you need to feed, bathe, walk out and show them you’re emotionally attached to them (I guess cats are easier to look after, aren’t they).
But in the end, no matter what your choice of domesticated animal is, you always have to deal with pet hair. Dealing with this is probably one of the most annoying tasks you have to perform – your entire home is covered in what can only be described as “fur swarm”; hairs upon hairs coat your furniture, carpets and clothes to the point where it’s almost impossible to distinguish between what was the original fabric and what was later added by your pets. Not a pretty sight, I tell you.
The worst part comes if you make the grandiose mistake of acquiring a wool coat. Oh, heavens, then may a higher power be summoned at your aid because as Carl Sagan is my witness it’s going to be difficult to deal with the situation on your own. This is not the kind of thing you want to willingly get yourself into – it’s like a family scandal; you better keep out if possible.
But in case you have made an error and purchased a wool coat, unknowing of the impending danger your furry little roommates are going to present to it, then don’t worry; I can help. If you don’t have a higher power to turn to, keep reading. The solution lies in the next few lines.
Remove Hair with Your Bare Hands
If you’re in a hurry and you’ve just noticed that your dog has decided to play hide and seek in your coat, there isn’t really much you can do. You can’t waste too much time and get the proper tools to get yourself out of this hairy situation, so what are you supposed undertake? The best course of action in this scenario is to go to the bathroom (or kitchen, whichever is closer) and get your hand wet. I know it sounds basic but it totally works, because science. You see, the hairs stick to your coat because the wool generates static electricity.
These static charges are enough to keep the light hairs stuck to your coat for a very long time. The mass of the individual fibers needs to be increased in order to mitigate those effects. By wetting your hand and going through your coat with it, you are causing a reaction in the hairs – they absorb some of the moisture and inflate, causing the wool to release them because their mass is too big for such a weak charge. They have nowhere to go but to stick to your hand. Do this a few times, wash your hands and go about your daily business.
If you have more time, you can use some of the more advanced tactics recommended from a professional cleaners like Domestic Clean London. These include putting a rubber glove on and doing the same thing I told you to do with your bare hands, only slower. The glove is going to be much more effective than your hands because of the latex.
Another thing you can do is use duct tape. Just wrap some of it around your hand and treat the area you wish to liberate from the presence of excessive pet hair. You can do that with a balloon, too. Inflate the balloon and treat the area. The static charge of the balloon will be stronger than the one from your coat so it will prove rather effective. There are also specialized brushes you can use if the situation is rather serious.
As they say, though prevention is the best cure, so if you don’t want to have to go through the tedious process of cleaning your coat every time before you head out, there are a few things you can do about it. First of all, try to keep your pets away from your clothes. Sadly, fibers have the habit of spreading like pandemic, so that won’t do you much good, but it’s a nice first step.
Another thing you should do is regularly vacuum and clean your rooms, especially where your pets tend to reside. Stop the hairs at the door. If you do this, you will be able to mitigate the negative effects of pet hairs.