Make-It Monday: Rubber glove pet-hair removal

When I bought my Marshmallow couch a few weeks ago, my only real misgiving was Walter. The world is Walter’s obstacle course, and he spent most of his time lying on the back of our old couch, looking out the window or supervising the goings-on in the living room, so with visions of snagged leather dancing in my head, I set about trying to create a more suitable perch for him.

Forty bucks later, I came home with 10 lbs. of birdseed and a carpet-covered perch just the right height for him to use for birdwatching. I hung a birdfeeder from the front porch, removed the bubble wrap from the window to give him an unimpeded view, and set the perch next to the window.

He was wary at first, but once he figured out how to jump up on it, we couldn’t have kept him off of his perch if we’d wanted to.

This is Walter's favorite perch. He sits and watches the birds at the feeder on the porch.
This is Walter’s favorite perch. He sits and watches the birds at the feeder on the porch.

Now our only problem is cleaning the hair off the carpeted surface. This cat sheds like — well, a cat — and it takes four or five layers of lint-roller tape to clean a perch the size of a notebook.

I’m not fond of wasting disposable materials at that rate, so I got on Pinterest to see how other pet owners had worked around this problem.

Rubber gloves, as it turns out, are great for removing pet hair from furniture. Put them on, rub your hands over the upholstered surface, and the friction does the rest. Two minutes of that treatment on Walter’s perch, and I came up with this:

Gross. (And as usual, Songdog couldn't resist photobombing.)
Gross. (And as usual, Songdog couldn’t resist photobombing.)

Five minutes later, the whole perch — top, base and scratching post — was clean. File this one under “Pinterest win.” (Now I just have to find an equally effective means of getting the dog hair out of the office carpet. I’ll be testing a technique for that soon, too.)

Emily

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2 thoughts on “Make-It Monday: Rubber glove pet-hair removal”

  1. Not sure if this will reach you or not. The comments link couldn’t find anything. Anyway, I can’t remember what kind of carpet you have where the dogs are, but if it’s level short plush, you might try a squeegee to clean the hair. I saw that on one of the facebook clickbait links.

    On Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 1:04 PM, Red Fork Hippie wrote:

    > redforkhippie posted: “When I bought my Marshmallow couch a few weeks ago, > my only real misgiving was Walter. The world is Walter’s obstacle course, > and he spent most of his time lying on the back of our old couch, looking > out the window or supervising the goings-on in the livi” >

    1. That’s the technique I’m planning to test next. BTW, the comments link had trouble because you apparently tried to comment during the two-minute window between the time I clicked “publish” and the time I caught it and changed it from published to prescheduled so it would post at the correct time. (Which it still didn’t do; I had to go back in and post it manually when I discovered it hadn’t gone back up.)

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