We all love our furry friends but I’m sure you’d agree, we don’t love all the hair they shed. If you have a bad shedder and you are tired of the nuisance cleaning all the pet hair causes, then today’s blog post is for you. I’ll go over the best ways to clean all of that pet hair, why using a dust mop is a great way to clean pet hair, and how to choose the best dust mop for pet hair.
Why Use a Dust Mop for Pet Hair?
You may wonder why a dust mop is even necessary. I mean why not just sweep or vacuum? Well, there are a lot of reasons a dust mop is a tool to have in your cleaning arsenal, and they are especially helpful if you have pets. Let’s go over some of the reasons a dust mop is great to have handy.
A dust mop is great for picking up everything, which is pretty important if you have allergies, whether you have pets or not. I absolutely love my pets, but I’m also allergic (I know, I know, but I’d rather just get the shots than give up my fur babies). I have some other indoor allergies as well, and just sweeping or vacuuming alone doesn’t cut it.
As you may know, if you have allergies to dogs or cats, you aren’t actually allergic to the hair, but rather the dander they shed. What you may not know, is pets who shed a lot of hair also shed a lot of dander. I’ve personally found that any cat I’ve owned that doesn’t shed as much hair, doesn’t trigger my allergies as much. Unfortunately, no matter how little they shed, any accumulation of dander makes it very difficult for me to clean without needing to take a ton of allergy meds.
Whether or not you have allergies, I’m sure you’ve noticed that sweeping alone can kick up particles into the air. You may think that a vacuum could solve this problem, but many vacuums can still kick up dust if the bag or container gets full, or if the roller gets stuck with hair. While they are definitely the best option for carpets, they aren’t nearly as good for a hard floor as a dust mop can be. Even if you only have a few non-carpeted parts of your home, like your kitchen and bathroom, I highly recommend investing in a good dust mop.
For those of us growing up in the modern age, we tend to forget that traditional housekeeping methods aren’t necessarily ineffective. Dry mopping is one technique that we didn’t really do anymore until the disposable systems came out. However, reusable dust mops tend to be more durable, and they are much more capable of collecting and trapping dust than the floor cleaning systems that use disposable dry cloths.
Another great thing about dust mops is they are gentle, so they are safe to use on laminate and wooden flooring, without worrying about scratching your beautiful floors. I used to get so frustrated with hair on my hardwood floors until I started dry mopping with a dust mop.
Dust mops aren’t just good for floors either, as this type of mop can be used on other surfaces such as walls and ceilings in your home. A good dust mop easily cleans dusty areas that are hard to reach due to height, and it helps keep away those pesky cobwebs. Having a dust mop is especially great for hardwood floors. A good dust mop for hardwood floors won’t scratch the floors and they are a great option for quick everyday cleaning.
Choosing the Best Dust Mop for Pet Hair
It can seem like a daunting task to choose the best dust mop for pet hair. Aren’t all dust mops created equal? The short answer is no. But let’s go over the ins and outs of dust mops to see why they aren’t, and how to make the best choice. Not just to pick up the hair from your animals, but to choose a dust mop for all of your cleaning needs.
The Problem with Disposable Systems
We aren’t going to name any names here, but I’m sure if you try to think of a disposable system, there is a big name that comes to mind. Whether it’s a brand name or a generic, disposable systems seem like they would be the best choice right? Well, that’s where you would be wrong. Here’s a list of the disadvantages of using disposable dust mop floor cleaning systems:
- The disposable sheets aren’t eco-friendly
- The system isn’t cost-effective
- Can’t collect as much dust and pet hair
- Disposable dust mops aren’t as easy-to-use
We should probably go over each point in a bit more detail.
It isn’t easy being green
We all love life hacks, and disposable systems definitely seem more convenient. But if you are concerned about the environment even a little, these systems are big environmental offenders. Disposable dry cloths for these systems are made of polyester and polypropylene. Polyester is made using a chemical reaction involving coal and petroleum. Both polyester and polypropylene are petroleum-derived. So they create a larger carbon footprint to produce, and they aren’t recyclable or biodegradable, so they create more waste.
Lower costs add up over time
It’s true that many disposable systems may have cheaper upfront costs, but the need to buy refill sheets adds up to a lot more total cost over time. A reusable system may cost more, but you won’t have to replace the heads for a very long time. Reusable dust mops are much more durable, and they tend to have removable heads so they can be replaced with ease when they finally need it.
Gotta change that sheet again
One of the most frustrating things I’ve dealt with when I used a disposable system, is it always seemed like I had to use multiple sheets just to clean one room. Take into account our previous two disadvantages and it paints a grim picture. Not only is that garbage issue literally piling up, but we’re also buying more of those sheets, furthering our total cost. It just isn’t a great solution.
Disposable systems are awkward
I personally find disposable systems to be a major hassle because they tend to have large heads that don’t fit into a lot of spaces in my home. I also seem to have a hard time with the disposable heads flipping over on me all the time. I just want to work quickly and efficiently, and a disposable system doesn’t help me do that.
Reusable Dust Mop Benefits
Unlike disposable systems, reusable systems have a lot of great benefits. They are much more green, they are more affordable in the long run, and I love a dust mop with a good, sturdy head. That said, some reusable mops aren’t as good as others. You really want one designed to attract and collect dust and hair effectively. It’s better to spend a little more on a good dust mop than to buy a cheaper one that will need to be replaced often.
How to choose the Best Dust Mop for Pet Hair
The above factors should help you decide on the best dust mop for pet hair. I personally love Champion’s Old Fashioned Dust Mop. Its unique Elecrylin fiber retains a static charge much longer than its competitors. Due to its proprietary fibers and superior capabilities, this dust mop collects and traps dirt, dust, hairs, and debris like no other, but what I love most about it is it’s easy-to-use.
The swivel head is sturdy, so it doesn’t flip on me, but thanks to the fringed edges, I can clean wide swaths of the floor, then fit its head into tight corners and under furniture so I can get dust bunnies too. It’s also lightweight enough that it’s great to dust surfaces such as walls, baseboards, and ceilings.
I love that I don’t have to deal with kicking dust all over the place either. It cleans pet hair and gathers up all of the dust so it doesn’t end up triggering my allergies or making the rest of my house dusty. While it holds all of the dust fibers, all I have to do is go outside and shake the head out to get rid of it with no trouble. I do wash it occasionally with plain water, but I don’t have to do that often. I still haven’t had to replace the head either, thanks to its superior durability. It’s definitely one of the best dust mops on the market today.
Cleaning Pet Hair
A dust mop, while helpful, isn’t going to fix the issue of pet hair alone. The best way to tackle all of that pet hair is to be proactive. The best way to thoroughly clean all of that pet hair is to reduce the shedding as much as possible, use every tool available to clean hair from your furniture and other surfaces, and practice proper floor care to get the best deep cleaning possible.
It makes sense to try and resolve the issue of pet hair at the source. But it may seem like there’s no way you can prevent your dogs or cats from shedding. While you can’t stop all of it, you can do a few things to lessen the amount of shedding.
This may seem obvious, but the best way to reduce shedding is to brush your pets regularly. However, you may not know how often you should. You should brush your pets at least a couple of times a week, but daily is ideal.
You can also get a removing glove, or a special pet vacuum if your dog or cat doesn’t like the brush. The gloves are great at collecting all of the hair on the textured surface, and you can remove all of the pet hair from the glove at once. Plus, your pets will love it since they will feel like they are just getting pets from you. Overall it’s a great way to groom them comfortably.
Depending on the breed of your cat or dog and their health they may need more or less bathing than others. As a general rule, you should bathe your dogs once a week, and your cats at least once a month. And yes, I know most cats hate water, but they need to be bathed no matter how good they clean themselves. This is especially true if your pets get fleas or other parasites because they shed more when they do.
Feed your pet a good diet
This may not seem to have a connection, but your pet’s fur is a good indicator of health, and an animal that sheds excessively, or has a dull coat might not be getting all of the nutrients they need.
Cats can be especially susceptible to an unbalanced diet. Cats are what we call obligate carnivores, which basically means they need to eat meat. While it’s okay to feed them kibble, they need plenty of wet food too. You can also promote healthy coats by making sure they get enough omega-3s. I tend to get some canned or fresh fish and give mine a treat a few times a month to supplement their normal diet.
Keep them hydrated
Just like proper nutrition, proper hydration is key to keeping your pets, and their fur, in great condition. You should make sure they always have clean, fresh, and cool water to drink. In the summer you can also help them beat the heat by giving them ice to lick. A really fun treat is to take animal broths and make icy treats for them. The extra flavor will encourage them to finish them easier than they might with plain ice cubes.
With animals who have long coats or those with difficult to maintain coats, keeping your pet trimmed or shaved may also help with the shedding. Many pet owners tend to do this in the summer to help their pets beat the heat and be comfortable, but it’s great for shedding issues too.
It’s important to remember that there are certain breeds of dogs and cats that shed more than others. There are also certain times of the year, like spring, where your pets may shed more. All of these can factor into how often you have to groom your pets.
While you can break out your vacuum cleaner for deep cleaning your furniture, there are ways to clean your furniture in between. To clean pet hair from upholstery, use a wet rubber glove and run your hands over your furniture. Remove the hair periodically until you are done. Rubber gloves can also be used dry to pick up some hair, so you can keep one tucked in your couch to remove lighter hair clumps quicker.
Another good tool is a reusable lint brush. There are disposable ones, and while they are effective, the reusable ones are more eco-friendly. You can use a lint brush to remove pet hair from your clothes and upholstery too. For other surfaces, you can use a good all-purpose cleaner. For wooden furniture, you can use a microfiber dry cloth to remove dust and pet hair before polishing with a quality furniture polish.
Proper Floor Care
Part of dealing with pet hair removal is proper floor cleaning. We’ve touched on some of the pros and cons of different types of cleaning, but there are a few different types of floor mops you need for your household. A dry dust mop is great for hard floors, but what do you do about carpet?
I personally don’t recommend having carpet in homes with pets, especially if you have allergies, but don’t despair. If you aren’t willing to part with your carpet, there are ways to get up as much cat and dog hair from your carpets as possible.
While I currently only have hard floors and area rugs, I wanted to find out what options were out there for people with carpets. I searched for dog hair brooms, and it turns out, they actually exist! You can find pet hair brooms that are specially designed for carpets. They are great for low pile carpets, and a good option for cleaning up pet hair in between vacuuming and rug cleaning. They typically have rubber bristles that help trap the hair and removes it from the carpet. Everything I’ve read says that may people found this helpful for cleaning pet hair out of their carpets.
While those brooms are great for daily cleaning, you need to vacuum at least once a week to remove all of the dirt and dust from your carpets. You may have to vacuum more if you have deep-pile or shag carpeting. I also recommend doing a deep cleaning with a rug shampooer at least once a year, but 2-4 times a year is better.
You have a lot of options to easily remove cat and dog hair on hardwood and other hard floors such as laminate and tile. I find it’s best to use dry mops every day. You want to make sure to sweep or vacuum, and use a dust mop before using wet mops for dog hair especially, but it can be a hassle for cat hair too. You won’t be able to effectively clean up pet hair with just a wet mop. Any remaining hair on the floor tends to clump up and you’ll just move it around.
For high traffic areas, or if you have pets and kids, you can use a damp mop without any cleaners daily after using a dry mop. This method can be safely done on both hardwood and other hard floor surfaces as long as you aren’t allowing water to pool on hardwood floors.
For deep cleaning and polishing of all of your hard floors, you’ll need the following:
- Dry dust mop
- Microfiber wet mop (optional)
- Cotton floor mop
- Handheld scrubber (optional)
- Deck mop or grout brush (optional)
- All-purpose floor cleaner
For hardwood floors, less is more. You want to avoid scrubbing them as much as possible. For other floors, you may want to use a deck mop, also known as a carpet scrubber, or a deck broom. I personally like to do a deck scrubbing of my laminate floors about once every month or so. If I don’t have a large area that’s dirty, I will use a hand-held scrub brush to spot scrub areas with a stuck-on mess. For tile floors, it’s best to occasionally use a deck broom or grout scrubber because it’s easier to use.
Whenever I do use a deck scrubber, I like to mix a cleaning solution with water and pour water in small puddles on the floor and scrub it in sections. Then I use a clean cotton mop to absorb the dirty water. After wringing the mop out, I like to rinse it and go back over with a clean wet mop. While all of that is general, I want to talk about some of Champion’s products and how I use them when I’m cleaning my floors.
Soft Sweep Upright Broom
Compared to other brooms I’ve used, this broom easily cleans pet hair from my floors and gets all of the dirt and debris I have, from a weekly sweeping to cleaning up any daily messes. It’s great for hardwood floors too because the bristles are soft and gentle so it won’t damage the floor. I usually only use it once a week in some of my lower traffic areas. I do like to use it in my higher traffic areas daily, and then I follow it up by dry mopping to completely clean my floors. This is the best dog hair and cat hair busting broom!
Old Fashioned Dust Mop
We’ve old style dust mop covered this mop earlier, but this is honestly my favorite cleaning tool and pet hair mop. It’s the best mop for dog hair and cat hair, and one of the best dust mops for hardwood floors. Like I said before I use it for dusting my walls and ceilings, as well as my floors. I like to use it daily, and I always use it after I sweep. There really isn’t a dust mop out there that stands up in comparison.
Super Yellow Mop
While I typically use a reusable microfiber mop that can be used damp for everyday wiping of the floors, I love this mop for my weekly mopping. It’s lightweight and it can easily clean every type of floor surface I have. I love the convenience this mop provides, because the mop head is easy to wring out, and the mop has unique fibers that absorb up to 5 times more water than other leading brands. While other mops can scratch my floors, I find the soft fibers of this mop are very gentle on my hardwood floors. And I find it easy to change out the mop heads after I get a lot of use out of it.
Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
Now with hardwood floors, you can clean with water only. In fact, if you aren’t careful, the wrong kind of cleaner can ruin your hardwood floors. If you want more information on how to clean hardwood floors, check out my article here.
I love this product for cleaning all of my floors, it helps remove any mess I have effortlessly, making mopping a breeze. It’s non-toxic and really earns its name as the perfect cleaner for hardwood floors. It’s specifically designed to gently and safely clean polyurethane sealed hardwood floors. No matter the surface it cleans easily and leaves no residue behind, just an ultra shine.
There you have it, everything I have in my cleaning arsenal and specifically how to choose the best dust mop for pet hair. I hope you liked this article because I always love sharing my tips, from my home to yours.