Quickest Way to Clean Furry Furniture

by Kelly-n-Tony
3 Materials
5 Minutes
We have 2 cats - one short hair and the other long hair and they both contribute to having incredibly furry furniture. They love to sleep on the top of the recliner or on the the sofa. I usually defuzz everything a couple times a month.

But sometimes I need a quick clean because someone is coming over so I frantically look for the PET HAIR REMOVAL TOOLS which never seem to be where they should be.

I tried tape to get the fur off. It takes alot of tape!
I tried a lint tape roller. Similar result as tape.
I tried a pet hair and lint remover brush. It works but takes alot of work and leaves some behind and for some reason is always not where I leave it.
I could vacuum it with the special attachment on the vacuum but it is a pain to get it out, attach the tool to clean and put it away. Not quick at all.
Here is Annie. She thinks she's innocent in this problem. She's not.
This is the top of the recliner. The seat and arms are furry too as is the couch and loveseat but I know it will only take me a few minutes to clean.
Take a washcloth and get it wet, then wring it out.
Wipe the damp washcloth across the furniture which will pick the fur up easily. I shake it outside or in the trashcan. Repeat till done. It's so quick!
This is so easy I don't know why I thought I had to spend money on pet hair removal tools. No more sticky paper peeling rollers and other misplaced cleaning tools. No more lugging the vacuum out and trying to remember how to attach the tools.

A washcloth and water! Who knew?!
An extra step for those who need it----
If there are odors or stains on the furniture you can lightly spritz a pet product like this or Febreze on the washcloth or directly on the furniture.

But honestly the washcloth wet with water is usually enough. Which translates to free. Gotta love that!
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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 10, 2019

    How do you get the hair off the washcloth?

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  • Patty Patty on Dec 12, 2020

    Thanks for the tip! I've found that rubber also works well.

  • Melissa Mauldin Haynie Melissa Mauldin Haynie on Dec 15, 2020

    I put a throw on the back of my furniture. 4 cats. And one on the seats. Washing once or twice a week is easier than trying to remove all the fur!