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Ah, springtime! It’s the time of year when many people decide to give their homes a thorough “spring cleaning.” Of course, cleaning year-round is necessary to keep
pet hair under control, but when you embark on that once-a-year deep clean, you may be surprised where you find fur lurking.
A 2009 study conducted by Kelton for Bissell revealed that pet owners find fur in all kinds of unexpected places in their homes, including in their refrigerators and freezers, in their clothes drawers, in CD cases, on their toothbrush, in their contact lens solution and in their underwear! Jennifer Costello, a dog owner who blogs at My Brown Newfies, admits she’s even found dog hair in her ice cream.
“Pet hair definitely shows up in odd places,” says Tiffany Lewis, a Columbus, Ohio, professional who’s been cleaning homes for more than 10 years. The place where homeowners most frequently miss? Under the refrigerator, Lewis says. “We pull out more pet hair from under the fridge than you can believe!” she says.
Vents are also big pet hair traps, Lewis says, “but long flat dusters do wonders to get the pet hair out.” Fur also has a way of wrapping itself around radiator coils, she adds. So be sure to take a close look when cleaning the places that pump out heat or cool air in order to keep them running as efficiently as possible.
Speaking of efficiency, furnace filters can quickly get clogged with pet hair and dander, decreasing their effectiveness. Most experts agree that replacing filters regularly (frequency depends on the size and type of filter you use) is key to furnace efficiency and a home’s air quality. Pet owners should change their furnace filters more frequently than homeowners who don’t have resident pets.
People with pets also need to be diligent about cleaning lint traps in their dryers on a regular schedule. Overloaded lint traps can decrease your dryer’s efficiency, and pet hair adds to the problem.
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