You want to go to a party, but as soon as you take the clothing out of the wardrobe you notice that it is full of cat hairs. You need to go to work and find your work clothing full of cat hairs. This is a daily struggle for any cat owner out there. You can remove cat hair from clothing by brushing it with a tape brush, lint brush or Kent brush or tumble drying your clothing for a few minutes.
Prevention Better Than Treatment
It is pretty much impossible to prevent cat hairs from entering your house as soon as a cat sets its paws in your house, but there are many ways how you can prevent or reduce the amount of pet hair tremendously.
Store Clothing Away
First things first, you can store your clothing away immediately from the tumble dryer or drying rack into the wardrobes. Even when you come home from work, you can store the work clothing away from any dwindling hairs reach. Alternatively a lot of work places require you to keep your work clothing at work in their locker rooms.
Another good idea is to store clothing higher up, so cats and dogs cannot reach up to it, but these places will not prevent the floating hairs from reaching them.
Restrict Your Cats
A great way to keep cat hairs away from your clothing, is to restrict your cats from certain area’s in your house, such as your bedroom. Alternatively you could put a rug or blanket over a sofa, chair or bed, that can be taken off these areas when you are back to use them.
Keep Your House Clean
Clean your house regularly and thoroughly as to reduce the amount of hairs laying and floating through the air. You cannot remove them all and you cannot prevent them entirely from ending up on clothing, but you can reduce it tremendously.
Brush Your Cat(s)
There are special brushes available, such as the Furminator brushes line that will reduce the amount of hair your cats will shed, especially during the extreme cat hair shedding seasons, such as just before summer and just before winter.
Brushing your cat has also the added advantage to prevent your cat from getting nasty blockages in their stomach and will reduce the amount of hairballs they need to pass.
Give Cats A Place For Themselves
Last but not least, you can give your cats their own dedicated place in the house, through the placement of cat trees, cat beds, hammocks and wall mounted furniture, so that they can sit there instead of on your sofa, chairs, bed and clothing.
Solution 1: Tape Brush
I am pretty sure you have seen them. A tape brush is a brush with a sort of sticky tape on the outside. You roll it over your clothing to remove any loose hairs, dust and other particles from your clothing. When the brush stops working properly you need to remove a layer of the tape brush to reveal a fresh new sticky layer underneath it.
Tape brushes are convenient and light-weight to take with or have available everywhere. I used to have them available at work in my locker, one in the car and one at home. They are fairly cheap and easy to use.
The major downside is that they are filled with hairs and dust in mere seconds and it will take you several layers before you got the entire clothing clean for work.
Having to remove a layer each time, also means it takes a lot of time to clean yourself and make yourself ready for work. The brushes are perhaps cheap, but in the same time you might need to go through the amount of brushes rapidly, because they do not possess a great deal of layers on each brush.
On top of that they are not eco-friendly, as you keep throwing away layers of tape and carton brush rolls.
Solution 2: Washing Machine & Tumble Dryer
A very effective solution to the problem of many cat hairs, especially when it is clothing that really catches these hairs well, is to tumble dry your clothing for a shorter moment. Thirty minutes can already be enough for a piece of clothing to get a decent amount of hairs off them. The hairs will end up in the tumble dryer filters, easily to remove from there.
Even if a clothing piece isn’t supposed to go in a dryer, most dryers have a cold mode available. Most clothing can handle the cold dryer option where cold air will blow the hairs out of your clothing.
Really sticky hairs and sticky clothing won’t be of help here, nor can you put absolutely everything in a tumble dryer.
Washing machines do also take care of a great deal of cat hair and this ends up in the rubber door filter usually. Keep a check for that, so it doesn’t clock it up.
Solution 3: Lint Brush
A lint brush is a brush with a special cloth-like material that resembles of the material velvet or velt. The material is extremely well at removing cat hair and dust from any piece of clothing.
Unfortunately these brushes come in all sorts, shapes, sizes and material quality. While some brushes do their job, others will break shortly after some usage.
Nevertheless, these do not need to be thrown as often as the tape brushes and do seem to work better than the tape brushes. They are also relatively cheap and so you can have multiple of them in different places.
The biggest difficulty with Lint brushes is to know in which direction to stroke over the clothing. Left to right could potentially mean you are stroking more cat hairs from brush into your clothing or vice versa. This has to do with the fabric direction on the brush itself. Opposite fabric direction will give you the best result.
Note that some brushes allow you to flip a switch and turn the brush around without having to change the stroking and brushing direction.
Solution 4: Kent Brush
A much better solution than the Lint brush is the usage of a so called Kent Brush. Kent brushes are premium styled brushes with proper boar hair and a wooden handle. These brushes are sturdy and do their job very efficiently. These brushes are of great quality and are used by professionals in tailoring shops as well in theaters, for TV and other premises where people need to look in top shape.
The Kent Brush has the name because of the boars that are coming from Kent. Kent is a place and district within the UK, which is where these high quality brushes are made.
There are different Kent brushes available for different purposes, but most of the brushes can be used for the same purpose, namely removing the cat hairs, dust and other things that keep your clothing from looking nice.
Check out the different brushes below and choose what is best for your situation: