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Ask Casa: Cat Hair on Curtains

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Dear Casa,
You recently posted a story about hanging curtains. All of my curtains have been hanging happily for a while now, but they get a lot of cat hair on them! Taking them down is a pain because the curtain rod has a little screw to keep it from moving around. I live alone, so using the vacuum was scary and I thought I might pull them down. Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks,
Scissorz

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Hi Scissorz,
Good questions! I'm assuming shaving your cat (kidding!) is out of the question, so I have a few other suggestions for you.

  • First of all, you might consider replacing your curtain rods with some that don't screw in. Check out Shopstyle for a range of choices.
  • If your vacuum has a long wand with a brush at the end, you should be able to safely vacuum your curtains hanging.
  • You can also just use a lint brush or a fur fighter to remove your pet hair directly from the curtains.
  • I'd also recommend purchasing curtains or shades with button tabs like the PB Solutions Button-Up Shade ($48), which you can just unbutton to remove without having to unscrew your curtain rod.
  • If you're partial to the curtains you own, you can just have a seamstress add button tabs to them, or do it yourself if you know how to sew.
  • You can also unstitch the foldover part of your curtains, and iron on velcro where the curtains were stitched together. So, instead of running the curtain through the rod, you just keep it wrapped around the rod with the velcro. Then, you can easily pull them off when you vacuum them.

Hope that helps!
Cheers,
Casa

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kgreenclean kgreenclean 7 years
Curtains are a pain to clean haor off of. I recommend a Fur-Zoff. It will take the hair off with one swipe and it lasts forever, so you won't have to buy lint rollers anymore or use a vaccum to get the curtains. You can get one at http://www.furzoff.net. I hope this helps Scissorz!
scissorz scissorz 7 years
hahaha thanks!! these are lovely suggestions -- my cat has a hair issue...its something i've learned to live with...the easier removal ideas are great -- that way i could get them down on my own and clean them real well - its hard to tell how clean they are when they are up...thanks so much!
x3Lorelei x3Lorelei 7 years
You can also try brushing your cat more so that (s)he'll shed less often! ;)
7showgirl7 7showgirl7 7 years
You can also use rubber dishwashing gloves to remove cat hair.Just put on the gloves and rub your hand down the fabric several times and the hair will gather upon the glove.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Great suggestions. I use my vacuum's hose with the brush attachment and it works great. I just hold the material a bit so I'm not tugging on the rod.
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