Here at just dogs, we don't have a off the furniture rule. The only couch rule the dogs are required to oblige by is that - sharing is caring, and one must move and make room for the humans when they want the couch back. But with fabric couches and a shedding husky, fur quickly sticks to all their favorite spots and subsequently onto us.
While many dog owners have learned to embrace the fur. Guests, landlords or other members of the household may not feel quite the same way, so we have decided to put together and share some of our top tips for preventing and removing unwanted fur:
1) Breed Matters
Different breeds of dogs will vastly differ in the amount of shedding, and type of coat, size of dog, and colour of coat will all play a part in how much fur you can expect to find. Dogs with thick double coats such as a Husky or Samoyed are the most notorious shedders, while Poodles are renown for minimal to no shedding but do require a lifetime of grooming to keep their growing locks trimmed. Larger dogs, will generally leave more fur, as will long-haired breeds. While white fur tends to show up most prominently on most furnishings or clothing. So always read up on the breed to ensure you are well prepared before you invite a pup into your home.
2) Perfection and Prevention
A good brushing will not only keep your dog looking perfectly polished, but will also help to remove any loose fur before it becomes a part of your decor. For removing excess fur, rubber brushes work well for short to medium coats, while rake styled brushes are great for thick double coats. We also recommend brushing outdoors, which makes cleanup a breeze as the birds will happily help you with the task, and us the fur to keep their nests toasty.
3) Two Birds With One Stone
Your dog's brush isn't just good for removing loose fur on your dog, it is also good for removing fur on your furniture. While rubber brushes are applicable to most surfaces, but you will need to take care when using hard or wire brushes on delicate surfaces, test lightly in an inconspicuous area first.
4) Bring Out the Beast
While many dogs will dread them, there's no denying the utility of a good vacuum in a pet owners home. Many models now have special turbo attachments for removing fur, or if your dog is on friendly terms with the noisy beast, there are even models that come with brushes so that you can vacuum the loose bits directly off their coat. If you are on the hunt for a new vacuum, do consider pet friendly models that can handle fur and 'wet-dry' functions - invaluable for any household accidents.
5) No Dog? No Worries
If you don't have a dog, grooming brushes or a specialty vacuum, don't fret! Rubber gloves, shoes with rubber soles or window wipers can all be used to rub along carpet or other fabric surfaces. The fur will ball up, making it easier to pick up so that you can remove the worst of the fur without clogging up your vacuum. Window wipers could also be attached to an old broomstick, making it easier to use on carpets without needing to bend over.
6) The Final Details
A quick follow up, even with an under-powered vac, is still recommend to catch any dander the fur removal process would have missed. We also leave the traditional tools such as a lint brush and or packing tape for the detailing stage, as we would be going through them like there is no tomorrow if we relied on them solely.
We hope you’ll find these tips useful for you own home, and please feel free to email in your own tips if you think they should be added to our list.