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Catfur Drives me Crazy

We have three long haired kitties, and while I love them to death, their fur is the bane of my existence when it comes to keeping the house clean. I have fried more than one vacuum cleaner trying to keep up.
Our stairs to the second floor are thick pile tan carpeting. The catfur clings to these stairs like crazy. I had tried everything: a damp rag, special "cat fur remover" sponges, and all the attachments that came with every vacuum I have ever owned, and I even bought a dustbuster specifically to use on the stairs. It was nothing but a sad exercise in futility.
Until this weekend!
As usual, I started to struggle trying to get the hair off the stairs with the dustbuster. (On top of the fur, my husband and I both have hair down to our waists, so that makes the matter worse.) Suddenly, I had the solution.
I grabbed the kitty brush, the type you get at the petstore with the plastic short firm bristles, with the rubber tips. I strated at the top of the stairs, brushing towrds me, and side to side, and I kept a plastic grocery bag at hand to clean the brush off, about every stair. It worked like a charm! Once I got to the bottom and had managed to collect 98% of the hair and fur and fuzz from the stairs with the brush, I ran the dustbuster over them to gather any loosened dust and dirt or stray fuzzies, and I didn't even break a sweat. I recommend trying this if you have pet fur+high/dense pile carpeted stairs.


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Nov. 26th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I have the same issue and I just have one dog. I feel like 90% of his energy must go to growing and shedding hair. I think I must be one of the main driving forces behind the vacuum industry sometimes. yeesh! I use a rattail comb on the edges of the carpet where it piles up the worst.

Nov. 26th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
I use a regular comb to get all the pet hair out of the carpet in my house. It works like a charm! With four dogs and two cats, along with three long-haired people living in my house, vacuuming just doesn't cut it. After combing all the hair out of the carpet, vacuuming is easy and makes the carpet way cleaner. Combing it also keeps it looking newer and prevent it from getting tramped down too much.
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