We love our furry pets and how they make RV life even better. However, it’s a never-ending battle cleaning the hair they shed. Getting pet hair under control is one of the toughest parts of being a pet owner. It’s even more challenging to deal with when you’re living in an RV. Pet hair always ends up finding a way to get on everything from the floor and furniture to on your clothing and bed.
Cleaning up pet hair can prove to be a difficult task because your pet is continuously shedding. If you’re stressed about pet hair taking over your RV, here are a few tips to help keep it to a minimum.
Why Do Cats and Dogs Shed?
Shedding is natural for many animals, particularly cats and dogs. The main reasons your pets shed is to control their body temperature and protect their skin from the sun and other elements. All animals are different when it comes to the amount they shed. It’s usually based off their breed, the season and their health.
Wash Your Pet Regularly
Bathing your pet regularly will help keep shedding to a minimum. It removes all the excess dead fur. De-shedding shampoos and conditioners hydrate your pets’ skin and create healthier follicles due to the moisturizers and omega fatty acids in the soap. However, it’s important to note that overbathing can be unhealthy for your furry friend. It can remove essential oils and increase dry and itchy skin. Ask your veterinarian how often you should bathe your pet as all breeds are different.
Use The FURminator
Brushing your pet consistently will significantly reduce the amount of hair in your RV. Another plus is that it will grow your bond with your pet, too. It’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to keep shedding under control in your RV. One of the best pet brushes on the market is the FURminator de-shedding brush. This brush is meant to help de-shed your pet and the thousands of positive reviews are proof that it works! Even better, the brand offers many different types of brushes to fit any breed. Pro-tip: brush your pet’s fur immediately after giving them a bath.
Vacuuming may be obvious, but it’s one of the most effective ways to clean up pet hair. Having a powerful vacuum will clean up your pet’s hair in no time. The best way to ensure you get all the hair is by moving the vacuum in alternating directions. There are even specific vacuums made for cleaning up dog and cat hair. One of the more affordable vacuums is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser which comes with a specialized tool to clean up any the hair embedded in your upholstery. Trust us, it’s worth the money.
Use A Pet Hair Collector
Hair collectors are a quick and easy way to clean pet hair from your clothes and couch. A common hair collector people use is a lint roller, which is an low-cost way to clean smaller areas. The problem with lint rollers is that they do not last long. Luckily, FURminator has an affordable hair collection tool that lasts much longer. There are two different versions that vary in size to fit your needs. They even offer a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t work for you.
Try This Rubber Glove Trick
Believe it or not, a rubber glove is one of the best ways to get pet hair off your upholstery. All you need is a rubber glove and a little bit of water. Dampen the glove with the water and gently run your hand over any upholstery. The pet hair will stick to the glove and allow you rinse and repeat the process easily. You can also get special rubber gloves that come with a scrubber and do the job even better.
Install Laminate or Wood Flooring
Need a reason to renovate your RV? Wood or laminate flooring is way easier to clean pet hair from than carpet. Carpet is a hassle to clean even without pets, and it’s more complicated with them because pet hair easily gets stuck in the fibers. With wooden floors, you can sweep your pet’s hair right up. If possible, try matching the color of your floor with your pet’s fur to make it less noticeable when you haven’t had time to vacuum.
Don’t let pet hair take over your life. Make living in an RV with your furry companion easier and less stressful by experimenting with the tips above. Also, if you have success with any of these pet hair tricks, tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to hear your pet’s story!
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