THE KOBOLD Magazine

Top tips for a fur-free home

It’s no secret that the UK is a nation of pet lovers – here are some tips to keep pet hair at bay.
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Pets are top of the pecking order in over a quarter of UK homes (27%), as pampered pooches and coddled cats take priority over their owners to get the best seat in the living room, according to new research. 

A quarter (25%) of all pets have their own dedicated spot on the household sofa, and 12% have a regular space on the lounge armchair.

Bedrooms are not off limit either, as nearly half (49%) of all households let their pet sleep on their beds. As well as leaving behind fur, they also shed skin and leave behind allergens in their sweat and urine.

Cleaning consequences

While many of us prioritise our pet’s comfort, the knock-on effect is the average UK household spends one hour and 46 minutes a week cleaning up after their pet as they leave their hair and fluff behind.  This peaks at two hours and 27 minutes in the North East, and nearly two hours in Wales (one hour and 55 minutes).

Most common pet-related chores:

  1. Vacuuming pet hair from carpets and floors – 67%
  2. Vacuuming the armchairs and sofas – 33%
  3. Cleaning pet bedding – 25%
  4. Mopping floors – 22%
  5. Cleaning litter trays – 22%

Top tips for a fur-free household

  1. Flip flops – rubbing rubber flip flops along your carpet will quickly lift stubborn pet hair.  Put them on your hands and wipe along the carpet pile.  The hair will gather in balls which and be easily vacuumed away.
  2. Rubber gloves – in a similar way, wear the gloves and rub your carpet and the fur will come up and stick to the gloves.  Once you’ve got the bulk of it up, simply immerse your hands in a bucket of water and the hair will loosen and float to the top and can be thrown away.
  3. Balloon – use the static from a balloon by rubbing it across your sofa and soft furnishings that might have unwanted pet hair.  The hair will be attracted to the surface of the balloon and can then be easily collected
  4. Baking soda – to refresh carpets and soft furnishings where your pets have been sitting, sprinkle a little baking soda onto the surfaces, leave it to settle for a short period, and then vacuum up.  This will collect the hair and also deodorise your room.
  5. Vorwerk Kobold VK200 – for pet owners it is worth investing in an advanced vacuum cleaner that will effectively remove pet hair, and has a variety of settings and attachments to tackle all your surfaces.  Not only will it deep clean your home, it will provide many years of service to your family.