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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Vacuuming?

The cat hair is now "combed" across our area rugs instead of sucked up by the vacuum.

Anyone else? Is there a better solution?
post #2 of 16
Besides shaving your cats (I'm joking of course). I don't know. Maybe you could get that neat pet comb hair remover thing for the furniture I saw once on a "only on TV" commercial this one time. Can't for the life of me remember what it was called.
post #3 of 16
i feel the same about making the bad,

why
post #4 of 16
Get a dyson

I have a newfoundland/lab mix who sheds like CRAZY in the spring. I ended up getting a deal on a dyson and holy cow I'm so glad I did! It's the only thing that can take on the challenge of getting black newfie hair out of a beige carpet and win the battle!

Only one downside to the Dyson: It takes so much stuff out of your carpet that by the end of vacuuming you have the urge to bathe with brillo. You just get that feeling of "man, I can't believe my house was that dirty and I was living in it!"

IMO, it's well worth the investment if you have any pets... especially ones that shed like my Buddha does. Oy, I'm so glad I get him shaved for the summer.
post #5 of 16
I would love a dyson - but I have to say our current vac does a very good job (with four kitties, one of whom shreds enough each day to make a second adult cat from), so maybe it's just time to replace your old vac (with a dyson, of course, if possible!)
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hmmm...I've heard good things about the Dyson vacs. I'll have to see how much they cost.

Anyhoo, our vac is weird...the brush does work really well on one side, but for about 2 inches. I have no patience to vac with 2 inches worth of space that would take away my time on TCS
post #7 of 16
you could just once a week brush your rugs with a old comb, takes about 20 mins of your time though then vaccum the rest up
post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by fwan
you could just once a week brush your rugs with a old comb, takes about 20 mins of your time though then vaccum the rest up
We brush the rugs with our fingers to get the hair up...it takes a long time and it's not the best idea!
post #9 of 16
arm and hammer has this stuff.

One is an Arm and Hammer Allergen Reducer. I had originally seen and used it as a powder, but when i went to buy it again, it was only available in a spray.

You spray it on your carpet, let it dry for 5 min, then vacuum it up. There is something in it that releases the static charge that normaly keeps your cat hair stuck to the carpet.

They also have, in powder form, Arm and Hammer Pet Odor Remover? (i can't remember the name exactly) But it does the same thing, it just doesn't have any anti-allergen properties evidently. It releases the static charge from the carpet and allows you to vacuum it up.

I would also suggest if you vacuum combs the hair one way, you could vacuum your room twice. Once once long ways, to get the hair going one way, and then once width-ways to vacuum the hair perpendicular to the way the first vacuuming had layed it out. It would be easier for the brush to grab that way.
post #10 of 16
I can't afford a Dyson, so I bought an old-fashioned carpet sweeper, and follow up with a vacuuming. I was intrigued by the Arm&Hammer allergen reducer, but their products are heavily perfumed & make me sick, headache, nausea & sometimes bad asthma attacks
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Would a Swiffer be better? Hmm...I wonder...

I'll definitely check out that Arm & Hammer stuff though.
post #12 of 16
Sometimes I go over the carpet with a lint brush. Easy enough in a 1-bedroom apartment but I think it will be worse once I move into a house.
post #13 of 16
Somebody now makes a carpet pet hair pick-up thing. It's a giant lint roller! I find them hilarious, but I am so ready to try one. I know we bought a shop-vac that we use to vacuum the linoleum & carpet every other day. Not that is does any good with 5 cats & 2 dogs....
post #14 of 16
We have hardwood floors and tile in the bathrooms-I have lots of hairballs rollins/blowing all over. I brush the cats and it seems worse!!
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by white cat lover
Somebody now makes a carpet pet hair pick-up thing. It's a giant lint roller! I find them hilarious, but I am so ready to try one. I know we bought a shop-vac that we use to vacuum the linoleum & carpet every other day. Not that is does any good with 5 cats & 2 dogs....
That's expensive for me. I tried one for the couch...went through the half the roll of sticky paper.
post #16 of 16
If the arm and hammer is too perfumy for some people, I wonder if you could use just plain old Static Guard.

Spray it on the carpet and vacuum it up? I wonder if that would work? Granted, Static Guard doesn't smell very good either.

What if you put some downey in a spray bottle???

Just ideas. lol
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