There’s a never ending domestic battle running in our house. I call it MAN vs DOG. Don’t get me wrong, I love our dog. She’s a working cocker spaniel and although she’s very busy all the time, she’s a lovely, timid little thing.
However, her hair grows and falls at an incredible rate and it’s a constant battle to try and keep the floor and anything she sits on, free of dog hair.
We vacuum a lot on the carpeted areas and use a microfibre mop on the kitchen tiles and wooden floors. It helps a lot just by ‘not seeing’ any dog hair. Just the sight of a big clump of matted dog hair on the kitchen floor, often makes me feel a bit nauseus. Out of sight – out of mind, as they say.
But what about the things that aren’t as visible? I’m talking about a thing called Pet Dander.
What is Pet Dander?
One of the most common misconceptions is that pet dander is pet hair. It’s not. Pet dander is actually skin. I’ll take a little pause here while you try not to throw up.
Yes skin. Very tiny particles of skin to be precise. All animals shed dander. Even humans. When you have dry flaky skin on your scalp, it’s known as dandruff. You can see some small flakes, but most of it is too small for the eye to see.
When people are allergic to dogs, they’re usually allergic to the dander shed by the dog.
So can I vacuum the dander ?
Yes, you can vacuum anything that’s small enough, lying on your floor. And you should, regularly. Vacuuming the floor is the first step in removing dog hair and dander.
The coarse dog hair is relatively heavy and will always end up on the floor. But most of the dander is microscopic. Some of this may end up on the floor, but a lot of it will simply float around in the air. You can’t see it, but you may feel it if you’re sensitive to dogs.
Will an air purifier help with dog hair ?
An air purifier will cleanse the air in your house. It won’t remove the hair or the large parts of dander. But all that dander that’s floating around in the air will eventually pass through the air purifier where it will be collected.
So, vacuum to remove the dog hair and dander that’s heavy enough to fall to the floor, and use an air purifier to cleanse the air from all the dander that is floating around.
You’ll find that you can breathe easier and feel better just by knowing that all that dander is not floating around you.
What other products will help with dog hair and dander?
Pet Hair rollers
Dog hairs don’t just end up on the floor. It can also get on sofas, chairs, tables, clothing and other surfaces in the room. You could vacuum the softer items with a furniture vacuum or portable vacuum, but I find a pet hair roller gets the initial job done easier. I’m not talking about the rollers with the adhesive surfaces, which often loses their stickiness too quickly. No, I got one of these ChomChom rollers which picks up hair and stores it inside it’s catchment chamber. You just empty it when it’s full. Simple as that – it just works! And the main thing is, it’s reuseable.