German shepherds are well known for their constant shedding. They have a medium length dense overcoat with a soft, downy undercoat that seems to drift all over the house. To top it off, along with shedding all year long, twice a year they blow their coat.
To help keep their coat healthy and your house clean, German shepherds should be brushed a few days a week with a rake or other deshedding brush or comb. A regular grooming schedule will help keep the shed to a minimum and less fur will collect on your furniture.
There are many ways to help keep furniture clean, depending on your preference. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Vacuum Weekly
Vacuuming is one of the fastest ways to remove fur from furniture. We suggest that once a week you vacuum the surfaces of the furniture then once a month do a deep vacuum under the cushions and into all the crevices to remove the fur. It helps to use a vacuum with attachments for this purpose to remove the fur that gets trapped in the fabric.
2. Use Fabric Softener or Febreze to Loosen Stubborn Fur
Fur that is trapped in fabric can be hard to remove. When this happens, it can help to loosen the fur before you vacuum. To do this, take one small spoonful of fabric softener and add it to a spray bottle full of water. Lightly mist over fabric and allow to dry for 10 minutes before vacuuming. You can also try using Febreze Fabric. Always try a test spot before applying to any fabric and be mindful of your sensitive or allergy dogs.
3. Rubber Gloves and Water for Quick Clean Ups
For those concerned about using fabric softeners or other unnatural products in your home, or if you simply want to avoid pulling out the vacuum, plain old rubber gloves and water may be your new favorite for quick clean ups. Simply put on some of the kind of rubber gloves used for cleaning and mist with water. Once moistened, rub your hand over the fabric to lift and pull out the fur. For best results, move with the grain of the fabric and remoisten the gloves with a spray bottle as needed.
4. Pet Fur Sponge
A pet fur or pet hair removing sponge or pet hair sponge lifter is a great all natural, chemical free way to remove dog fur from furniture in between vacuuming. One advantage to these sponges is that you don’t need water and they’re easy to use. All you have to do is wipe over the fabric then pick off the wads of hair from the sponge or whatever balls up and sticks to the furniture. You can also use them on your clothes and any other surface in your house.
5. Pet Hair Rollers
Pet hair rollers are also handy to have on hand for quick clean ups. We’re talking about the electrically charged typed that you roll over the fabric to loosen and remove fur. They are reusable and easy to use, especially for smaller areas. They are also perfect for dog beds.
6. Lint Rollers
Lint rollers can be trusted to remove pet fur from fabric but for German shepherd owners, it may take a lot of product to get the job done. However, they work well and if you’re in a hurry, are a perfect solution for a quick clean up.
A squeegee not only will remove nose art from windows, it can also be used to ‘rake’ over your furniture to help remove unwanted fur. Just pick up the clumps of fur that accumulate and throw away. Another pro of using a squeegee is that you can buy them with telescoping handles so you don’t have to bend over your couch if you have physical limitations.
8. Damp Kitchen Sponge
If you don’t have a pet hair sponge, you can use a regular, damp sponge. Just moisten the sponge, wring out completely, and then wipe over your furniture. One pro of this method is that you can also try to wipe off any dirt spots you notice while you’re there.
Although small, a toothbrush is a good way to remove stubborn pet hair from furniture, especially in crevices and along seams. Make sure the brush is clean and dry then run over the trapped fur and along edges and any other places hair is trapped.
10. Pumice Stone
Often used by car detailers, a pumice stone can also be used on certain fabrics to remove fur. The stone will grab and remove stubborn pet hair stuck in fabrics but they can also damage your furniture so always gently try a hidden test spot before trying on your furniture.
11. Washable Covers
Invest in washable, lightweight furniture covers that you can quickly remove and toss into the washing machine and dryer. These types of covers are great because they don’t require a trip to the laundry mat and can be easily removed when company comes over.
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