|Barked: Mon Sep 6, '10 9:06am PST |
|I'm notorious for being a "clean freak" so the following advice may seem over the top, but it really is much simpler than the back breaking work of trying to pick hair off of your bedding. I'll try to keep it real and of course the great thing about forums is that you can decide to follow the advice that works best for you and your daily routine.
2 of my 4 dogs sleep with me. Hector my biggest dog, not only sheds terribly, but he drools even worse. If I don't get ALL of the dry kibbles out of the cubby's inside of his mouth, they end up in drool form on my pillow or sheets. Looks really nasty too.
I spent years changing my sheets on a daily basis, until I decided to just add a "hector" sheet beneath my top sheet.
My routine is as follows:
Place a sheet folded shortways across the top of my bed beneath the top sheet. I fold it for extra protection as sheets will allow sand and small things to slip through them. I fold it short ways so it will span far enough across the bed to account for his 125 lb body, so that when he stretches his neck out, his mouth is still on the sheet.
I have a throw made with plush microfiber at the foot where my youngest dog Gidget sleeps. This serves two purposes, one for her to sleep on, as she loves that fabric, and the second purpose is to give her something to chew as she is drifting off to sleep, otherwise she will chew my sheets.
When I get up in the morning, and the dogs go out for their morning ritual, I CAREFULLY pick up Hectors sheet and Gidgets throw, take them outside and shake them vigorously. If they have drool on them, I toss them in the washer, if they look to have stayed pretty clean, I toss them in the dryer to remove excess hair, using a fabric softener and reuse them without washing.
Before making my bed, I will go ahead and shake my own sheets to make sure any transfer hair is completely off, then replace Hectors sheet, add my top sheet, then my spread. (The spread comes off at night, as it is snow white and I want to keep it that way, LOL) Once I have made up my bed, I usually try to vacuum next, to pick up any hair that was shaken off, to keep it from stirring back up, and do a light dusting if needed. My ceiling fans will stir hair all day anyway, but a quick vacuum keeps it at bay for a while.
So this routine really keeps my bed fresh and clean so I feel comfortable climbing into it at night and I am not washing my sheets to death.
Some other tips that will help is as follows:
High thread count sheets, will not hold on to hair as easily as lower thread count. Low count will ball up, and the threads will fuzz out and that makes it hard to let anything slide off of them. (Overstock.com has great prices on high thread count sheets)
Don't overload your washer, and clean it after washing any pet bedding.
Wash even a single sheet using a larger capacity load fill to give the bedding room to agitate and to allow the hair to freely wash off.
Dry using a fabric sheet and clean dryer afterwords to avoid transfer with your next load.
It is impossible to have a hair free environment with pets that shed, and though my routine may sound a bit high maintenance, it has made my daily routine easier and quicker by just adding the extra sheet/throw.
I have been lucky to have trained my dogs that the bed is off limits when the white spread is on the bed. If it is off, then they see that as a green light to get on the bed. I have days that I leave it off, and cover the entire bed with a large dog sheet, and just let them sleep in there all day if they want. They LOVE it.
Hopefully something here will work for you.
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