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HELP! Best Way to Remove Cat Hair from Couch?

Started 1310904626.95 in Pet Lovers | Last reply 1311289761.467 by luvmymutt

I am looking for the best way to remove pet hair from my couch. We have five rescued cats that we love very much, and a brand new couch. It is a beautiful burgundy/red fabric (go hogs), and the fur is everywhere!

My mother and father gave me a Dyson to help keep our new home spic and span, and it is fine for the stained concrete floors and carpet, but it is quite a workout to try and use it daily on the couches. The hose is so stiff and awkward to use. I have also tried the disposable Pledge and Scot fur remover devices. They don't work as well as seen on TV...what a surprise!

Do any of you pet lovers out there have a product of any kind that you can reccomend that will work well on my couches - daily use? I really appreciate your help. I would hate to get rid of the couches. The kitties are staying. They're family : ) Thanks.

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StartingOv­er1310906718.35141 PostsRegistered 5/4/2008Dixie

I usually use the vacuum then for quick pickups roll a lint roller my couch. You can also try a damp wash cloth. Bless you for being there for those kitties!

" Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength." -- Author Unknown


lvenjay1310909717.553291 PostsRegistered 5/21/2010

I have a quilt on my couch that can go easily in the washer and dryer. I got tired of trying to get the cat hair off and find this easier. When guests are coming, I can put a new throw or quilt on it so they (hopefully) don't get a lot of cat hair on their clothes. Good luck!

cookie51310917137.0933199 PostsRegistered 11/15/2007Texas Hill Country

The roller one with a clear top - scotch brand or J&J next to the pledge is really good! It is light blue/turq on bottom and has a clear dome. I reuse them by carefully snapping out the roller and removing the fur collected.

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. -Lily Tomlin

MrsT1310919149.451981 PostsRegistered 5/17/2008

I use a rubber hand brush. The bristles are not plastic, but rubber...and this thing is awesome. I actually bought a set of three rubber brooms from Q quite a few years ago. It came with two rubber brooms and the rubber hand brush, which initially I used on my carpeted stairs...and then I tried it on Sera directly, and now it's all I use on her coat.

I looked on line for you to see if I could find it...and the closest I came is this from Amazon.com: rubber hand brush You can see that this is actually geared toward pet hair.

brewhaha1310931620.16336589 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007Sitting in front of my computer

Keep them outside.

"I don't want clever conversation. I never want to work that hard."
Billy Joel's Just The Way You Are

ChynaGirl1310941212.6833895 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005
On 7/17/2011 brewhaha said:

Keep them outside.

Why are you in the Pet Lovers forum? We don't believe in keeping cats outside.

ArRzrbk1310946317.9404 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Arkansas

Thank you all for the replies. I wish we could have outdoor cats, but our hearts won't allow it. Indoor cats have a much longer lifespan and are healthier. Plus, we don't want to battle fleas or have to buy expensive treatments to keep them away.

The enjoyment we get from our pets far outweighs the trouble...like the fur on the furniture. God really did give us some amazing animals to enjoy. Keep those ideas coming, and we will definetly try some of the suggestions sent thus far. Thanks again.

luvmymutt1310949251.947652 PostsRegistered 3/31/2011

Doesn't Dyson sell an attachment specifically for pet hair? I think I heard them talking about it today while they were showing the tsv.

dreamytoo1310950731.281866 PostsRegistered 11/21/2007

Get one of those pet hair sponges, they work great! I have a golden, they shed that really soft downy hair, the vacuum never gets it off the furniture. I have I think the Gonzo pet hair removal sponge, have had it for years, it works every time.

57babe1310954952.2078638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

Hi,

I echo the posters who suggested you put a lightweight quilt or a blanket of some type on your nice sofa's. When people come over you can fold up the quilts and put it in a basket if you wish. I don't usually take the quilts off because I bought two cute ones for my sectional that match my decor and they look really nice. The nice thing about quilts on the sofa is that they can be washed when they are dirty.

I have clear double-sided tape on the sofa where my cats will sometimes try to claw. The tape repels the cats because they don't like the feel of it and the quilts stick to it -this helps to make the quilts stay where I place them. The tape doesn't leave residue on the sofa.

Besides the quilts, I use the rubber brush to brush hair off of the sofa. It mounds up and you can just throw it away. I also have a few dozen of lint rollers that I use on everything...(OK, I don't actually have a few dozen, just three, but it seems like I have a few dozen.) I also vacuum at least once a day. I keep my home very clean, but I am realistic...

I have 7 cats. Smile


Idacat1311007385.264706 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!

With four cats and microfiber furniture we use the Pledge Pet Hair Eraser twice a day; this is easy to do and gets every single little hair; it's sold everywhere(Target, WalMart) and works better, with less elbow grease than anything I have ever used.

These are sold as"disposable" but I use the same one for months; you can remove the rollers and emty the fur and it is as good as new.

brewhaha1311013659.88336589 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007Sitting in front of my computer
On 7/17/2011 ChynaGirl said:
On 7/17/2011 brewhaha said:

Keep them outside.

Why are you in the Pet Lovers forum? We don't believe in keeping cats outside.

Why are YOU here? At least I answered the OP's question.

"I don't want clever conversation. I never want to work that hard."
Billy Joel's Just The Way You Are

ChynaGirl1311077874.653895 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005
On 7/18/2011 brewhaha said:
On 7/17/2011 ChynaGirl said:
On 7/17/2011 brewhaha said:

Keep them outside.

Why are you in the Pet Lovers forum? We don't believe in keeping cats outside.

Why are YOU here? At least I answered the OP's question.

I'm here because I love animals. You may have 'commented' on the OP's question, but it was a ridiculous, snarky, ingenuous remark. No one in their right mind who loves cats would keep them outside.

grandkidsr­great1311093379.67831 PostsRegistered 11/11/2010

I keep pet beds on the kitty's favorite chairs and throws on the couch. When I know someone is coming to visit I change them and put the others in the wash - lots of laundry but clean places to sit. I also go over everything a few times a week with one of the items that have already been mentioned to pick up fur and have an Oreck handheld vacuum that works pretty well that I use about twice a month. If I have unexpected company, I don't stress about it - it is called "fur"niture - right? And ... my pets live there and are my priority - not strangers who happen to drop in. I totally agree that cats should be kept inside. They can adapt if they've been outside kitties - I've had both and at this stage in my life just feel it's for the best to keep them safe inside. Just my opinion - please don't hate me for it. Good luck with your problem.

grandkidsr­great1311093853.017831 PostsRegistered 11/11/2010

Forgot to mention ... I swear by the furminator. It REALLY cuts down on shedding!

SamBrown1311094735.157628 PostsRegistered 6/19/2008

I buy bigs rolls of Scotch packing tape. It does a good job picking up the fur. For me, it works the best and is the easiest.

kitkom1311112909.195646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I have THE best way to rid your furniture of pet hair. It costs absolutely nothing! I dampen a rag and rub it on my furniture. The cat hair clumps and is easily removed with your fingers. I discovered this way and is the only way I remove cat hair from my furniture now. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup} I was going broke buying those tape rollers. {#emotions_dlg.scared}

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beanie1311168395.8531370 PostsRegistered 2/14/2007

ok...I just learned this and yes it works. I'm stuck now thinking of the name but it is comes in a can and it used for static cling...Magic something?? The can is blue and orange. Anyway, spray it on the couch, chair or even on your car upholstery. Wait a minute or two...then vacuum. No more hair! honest.

luvmymutt1311246867.853652 PostsRegistered 3/31/2011

beanie...is it Static Guard? I know what you are talking about in the blue and orange can...i think its static guard...I'm not sure but i am gonna try your tip. I dont have my cats anymore :(...but I have 3 dogs and the one dog sheds soooo bad.

beanie1311253099.441370 PostsRegistered 2/14/2007
On 7/21/2011 luvmymutt said:

beanie...is it Static Guard? I know what you are talking about in the blue and orange can...i think its static guard...I'm not sure but i am gonna try your tip. I dont have my cats anymore :(...but I have 3 dogs and the one dog sheds soooo bad.

Yes, Static Guard. I have (2) chows and this stuff really really works for me!

gardenman1311254584.68315910 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

The best way to get cat hair off a sofa is to wear black pants. You may not even see a single hair, but if you sit down in black pants and then stand up, you'll find all kinds of hair on the pants. Now, getting the hair off the pants may be a challenge, but its a foolproof way of getting the cat hair off a sofa. (Hope this helps! LOL!)

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grandkidsr­great1311260298.577831 PostsRegistered 11/11/2010
On 7/21/2011 gardenman said:

The best way to get cat hair off a sofa is to wear black pants. You may not even see a single hair, but if you sit down in black pants and then stand up, you'll find all kinds of hair on the pants. Now, getting the hair off the pants may be a challenge, but its a foolproof way of getting the cat hair off a sofa. (Hope this helps! LOL!)

I had totally forgotten this one - and you're right it works the very best!

GrandmaCO1311283452.60712 PostsRegistered 10/27/2007

{#emotions_dlg.rolleyes} I just read to spray static cling (Static Guard) on, then wet rubber gloves shaking off excess water. It is amazing it works. You can vacuum it up or wipe on to a paper towel. I have a dog and have used several items and this worked the best. Actually just tried it this week.

Thanks you for caring for the kitties.

luvmymutt1311289761.453652 PostsRegistered 3/31/2011

gardenman: that cracked me up...too funny!

grandkidsrgreat: I totally agree with you regarding "fur"niture...if people dont like it then dont sit down!!!!

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