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The Best Ways to Remove Cat Hair From Curtains
Curtains and virtually anything else in your home covered in the fabric is essentially a magnet for cat hair if you have a feline. No matter how often you clean the floors or brush the cat, the hair still finds its way onto the curtains. You probably don’t want to trade your cat in for a hairless version, so clean the hair off the curtains using a few simple tools. It can keep those drapes from looking like they’re growing their own fur.
A standard vacuum cleaner with an extension wand for reaching high places, along with a brush attachment for the wand, allows you to access cat hair that has found its way onto even the top pleats of the curtains. Vacuuming the curtains is suitable for spot cleaning — such as removing those clumps of fur that seem to gather near the bottom edges of the curtains where the cat likes to hide — or to go over the entire length of the curtains to remove hidden hair. The curtains may need a thorough cleaning once a month or so, depending on how badly the cat sheds. To clean thoroughly, start at the top corner with the curtains closed to remove most of the folds in the fabric, then work your way down to the bottom, working in columns until you’ve covered the entire fabric area. Inspect the vacuum brush once in a while to remove large clumps of fur by hand, because it may stick in the bristles.
A tape-style lint roller serves as a speedy spot cleaner, ideal for that bit of fur you’ve noticed while sitting on the couch or when friends are about to visit. The sticky part of a lint roller pulls up hair and fabric fibers quickly, so you may need to unroll and remove the portion of the paper that loses its stickiness to start fresh after just a minute or two. A wad of packaging tape, wrapped around your fingers sticky-side out, also works in a pinch and is best for spot cleaning; it would take quite a bit of tape to clean an entire curtain.
Those yellow gloves long used for dishwashing are also good for removing pet hair from curtains, upholstery, and fabric. Wear the gloves, and then rub one hand over the fur-laden area of the curtain while your other hand applies pressure from behind the curtain for added support. The rubber in motion on the curtain causes the fur to come up easily. Keep a trash bag handy to deposit the gathered fur.
Sponges and Microfiber
A dry sponge or microfiber cloth rubbed over the curtains forms the fur into a ball that you can easily grab and remove. This method is also effective with a slightly damp sponge or microfiber cloth. Use very little moisture so you don’t get the curtains wet. Commercial pet hair removal tools that are similar to microfiber cloth mitts or hook and loop fabric work in much the same manner.
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