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How to Clean Dog Hair From Baseboards

Baseboards, magnets for dog hair, require regular cleaning, especially if you're allergic to pet dander. If you're lucky enough to care for multiple dogs, the hair can accumulate quickly. A few minutes of your time every couple of days should keep your baseboards clean and dog hair under control.

Items You Will Need:
• Rag
• Telescoping feather duster
• Dryer sheets

Step #1 - Vacuum layers of dog hair from baseboards using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If you're allergic to pet dander, make sure your vacuum has a built-in HEPA filter.

Step #2 - Dampen a rag and use it to wipe away any dog hair that didn't come up with the vacuum. The rag should be just damp and not wet; but avoid using a dry rag as this stirs up dust and hair instead of catching it. Rinse and repeat as needed.

Step #3 - Reach into corners and behind furniture with a telescoping feather duster. These are great for cleaning dog hair from baseboards behind large appliances and underneath your couch.

Step #4 - Scrub sticky or dirty baseboards with warm water and liquid dish detergent. Sometimes, dirt and dust can accumulate on baseboards and create a grimy coating that traps dog hair.

Step #5 - Run a dryer sheet along your baseboards to remove any remaining dog hair and to banish the static that attracts new hair. Use new dryer sheets or save used sheets; both are effective.

By Sandra Ketcham

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About the Author
Sandra Ketcham has nearly two decades of experience writing and editing for major websites and magazines. Her work appears in numerous web and print publications, including "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "The Tampa Bay Times," Visit Florida, "USA Today," AOL's Gadling and "Kraze Magazine."