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Manage Pet Hair
One of the most persistent issues pet owners face is animal hair -- on floors, furniture, and clothing. Place an old towel or sheet wherever your pet likes to rest, and periodically shake it outside to remove most of the hair before tossing it in the washing machine. Grooming your pet regularly will help diminish the problem of pet hair.
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To remove pet hair on carpeting, vacuum several times a week using full suction. Pick a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
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Pet Hair on Hard Floors
On wood and other hard floors, use an electrostatic mop. They're more efficient than vacuums since they don't blow the hair around.
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Pet Hair on Clothing
On clothing, use a tape roller. Loop a ribbon through the handle and hang one from the doorknob inside closets throughout the house so they're always available to use.
Martha Stewart removes pet hair from her upholstery furniture with a damp washcloth or sponge - another one of Martha's 'good things'.
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Pet Hair on Upholstery
On upholstery, use the vacuum's upholstery tool or a hand vacuum with a motorized beater-bar attachment. Lint brushes designed for clothing and dry sponges (sold at pet-supply stores) also work well.
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Work Quickly on Pet Stains
The sooner you can get to a pet stain, the better. Pet urine left on carpets can permanently alter the dye. Remove any solid residue with a dull knife.
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Use Dishwashing Liquid
Blot fresh stains with a clean, white cloth. After absorbing as much moisture as possible, apply a solution of 1/4 teaspoon clear dishwashing liquid mixed with one cup tepid water; blot with another clean, dry towel. Rinse by blotting with a towel dampened with tepid water. Continue alternating with a soapy towel and a clean, damp towel until the stain is gone. For stale stains or persistent odor, call a professional carpet cleaner.