If you have a pet, chances are they shed. If you happen to have allergies, you’re likely picking up that pet hair all the time. So, what do you do if you don’t have a vacuum to use? Here’s one of our easiest ways to clean pet hair from your carpet or area rug, without a vacuum.
You’d be surprised just how many homes we run into here at MaidPro of Manhattan that do not have a vacuum. If you fall in to this category, you can use this trick to stay on top of the pet hair in your home. The tools you’ll need are pretty basic, and can be found at your local low-cost shop or home supply store. You might even have them already. First, you’ll need one rubber glove, right or left hand, whichever you prefer, or one medium sized shower squeegee. If you don’t know what that is? It’s a little plastic tool with a flat rubber strip perpendicular to the handle, and is used to wipe water of off glass quickly. Not needed but useful if you have one is a threaded broom handle or painters pole. This will make larger jobs a little easier to complete.
You can use either the rubber glove or the squeegee. I recommend a rubber glove on more delicate carpets and fibers, and you should always test a small inconspicuous section of the carpet first. Just check that your carpet isn’t extremely delicate or has loose fibers or nap. If the rug is antique, someone who specializes in antique rugs should be called in.
To start, press and drag rubber head of the squeegee along the carpet going against the nap. The nap refers the thickness and direction of the carpet fibers. move along the carpet following the nap and the fibers will seem to flatten. Rub in the opposite direction and the fibers will lift up. You want to go against the nap.
Side Note: If you were using a vacuum, this would be most noticeable in the light and dark patterns that appear as you are vacuuming. A rule of thumb is to always clean carpet against the nap so you are lifting the fibers and getting to dirt trap near the base of the carpet.
As you drag the squeegee against the nap of the carpet, lifting up the carpet fibers, you are also pulling out the pet hair which is trapped or tangled with the carpet fibers. Another note of caution here. You will remove some of the loose carpet fibers with the pet hair. If you are pulling up a lot of carpet fiber, use less pressure with the squeegee or stop all together. The carpet backing may be too worn or week. Don’t forget to test in an inconspicuous area first, to see if your carpet or rug is durable enough for this process.
As you do this, you’ll notice the pet hair rolling up in to tiny balls of fur which you can pick up by hand as you go. Both the glove and the squeegee accomplish the same thing. However, the squeegee is a lot faster and doesn’t build up static as quickly as a rubber glove would. A rubber glove however, is excellent for furniture fabric as this tend to be more delicate than carpet. When the glove seems to have a good bit of hair stuck on it, just rinse it under running water; dry it; and continuing cleaning.
Here’s a quick YouTube video we shot on just how simple and effective this technique is.
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