Belle sheds year round – that’s a lot of dog hair. The Roomba does a great job of keeping up with the dog hair on the hardwood floors and I use this handy magic pet hair removal sponge to get the hair off of the couch, but the dog beds tend to get so full of hair that I have a lot of trouble with them. If I throw the dog beds into the washing machine without getting the hair off of it first, the next couple of loads of laundry have dog hair in them. It’s bad enough that any strand of Belle’s white hair shows up very well on most dark clothing, I’d rather not be covered head to toe in dog hair.
What doesn’t work to remove dog hair from a pet bed
I have tried beating the beds outdoors, duct tape, vacuuming, and a couple of special dog hair removal tools. None of these work very well on the dog beds I use. The hair gets stuck in the nooks and crannies and it seems the material that is often used for dogs beds just gets intertwined with the hair sometimes.
Another use for the FURminator: cleaning dog beds
I use the FURminator to get loose hair off of the dogs and one day it occurred to me that it might work on their bedding too. It works great! Now most the dog hair is removed before I throw the beds into the washing machine.
Tips for using the FURminator on dog beds
- Go with the grain – if your dog bed is fuzzy or has a directionality to the material, go with the grain.
- Be gentle – it doesn’t take much to scrape the dog hair off of the surface, so don’t use a lot of pressure or you may tear the dog bed
- Avoid exposed stitching – the FURminator will catch on exposed stitching, so be cautious around those areas.
Dog beds aren’t meant to keep around for a long time, so I don’t mind that this is slightly harsh on the bedding. It’s really worth it to get the dog hair off of the beds prior to washing. The more gently you use the FURminator, the longer your bed will last. It’s the only thing that I have found to remove dog hair from pet bedding.