If you have a cat that likes to lounge on the window sill and look out at the outside world, it’s only natural that some of its hair ends up on your curtains. While it’s not always a big deal, it can be annoying to have to clean the curtains often.
It gets everywhere: on clothes, furniture, carpets, bedsheets, and yes, curtains. But there are ways to get cat hair off curtains that don’t involve putting your cat in a cage for the rest of its life.
Here are some ideas for removing cat hair from your curtains.
8 Effective Ways to Get Cat Hair Out of Curtains
Method #1: Use a vacuum cleaner
If you want to remove cat hair from curtains quickly and easily, use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery brush attachment or a crevice tool. This will help remove the bulk of the cat hair from the fabric and leave it looking much better than before you started.
- Vacuum the curtains with your regular vacuum cleaner, using the upholstery attachment if possible. This will remove some of the cat hair and get rid of loose particles that may have fallen onto the curtains during cleaning.
- Use a dampened cloth to wipe down the curtains, removing any remaining cat hair and dust particles that were not removed by vacuuming. Rinse out your cloth frequently as you work so that it does not become too dirty or soggy to be effective.
- Use a second cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining cat hair from the curtain fabric itself. Any residue left behind by cat urine or feces may also need to be removed by this method as well.
Method #2: Blow the curtains out with a dryer
The easiest way to remove cat hair from curtains is by simply blowing them off. Blowing dust and dirt off of your curtains can help remove most of the loose cat hair that has been collected on them.
The easiest way to do this is with a clothes dryer. Set the dryer on its warm setting and hold it about six inches away from the curtain as you blow air through it.
Method #3: Use a lint roller
Another option is to use a lint roller on your curtains. Rollers are effective in removing even small particles of cat hair.
Simply unroll the sticky side of the roller over your curtain and then pull it off again when all of the cat hair has been removed. If there are still some stubborn pieces left behind, try re-rolling the roller over those spots again until they’re gone as well.
Method #4: Using an Upholstery Brush
If your cat has been shedding on your curtains, you can easily remove the hair by using an upholstery brush. The brush works by grabbing the loose hairs and pulling them off the curtain.
You can purchase an upholstery brush at any home improvement store or online, but some department stores also carry them as well.
Method #5: Spray Bottle with Vinegar Solution
Consider spraying vinegar solution on your curtains before brushing them down again. Vinegar will help break down any loose dander that may still be stuck in your curtain fabric and make it easier for the brush to grab without getting stuck on the fabric itself.
Method #6: Rubber gloves
You can use rubber gloves to remove cat hair from your curtains. The trick is to put the gloves on and rub them gently across the surface of the curtain. This method works best on synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon because they are smooth and easy to clean with this method.
It may take some time if you have a lot of cat hair on your curtains, but eventually, all of it will come off.
Method #7: Using a sponge
Using a sponge also works well for removing dog or cat hair from curtains. Just wet your sponge and wring out any excess water so that it isn’t dripping wet when you come near the curtain. Then rub gently over the surface of the curtain until all of the hairs come off easily.
This method works best on cotton or linen curtains but will also work on synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon if they are not too thick.
Method #8: Wash the curtains
If your curtains are made of a fabric that can handle a wash, you can remove cat hair with soap and water.
- Fill a bathtub or basin with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap.
- Submerge the curtains in soapy water, then gently agitate them to loosen dirt and grime.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow the curtains to air dry on a towel or clothesline outdoors if possible (unless they have been treated with flame retardants).
Preventing Cat Hair from Getting on Curtains
All cats need brushing, even short-haired ones who don’t seem like they have any excess fur. Brushing your cat every day helps keep its coat clean and healthy so it won’t shed as much as it otherwise would (which means less fur on your items).
It’s A Wrap!
Cats have a reputation for being meticulous creatures, but given their natural instincts and the fact that they often groom themselves, it’s not surprising that hair tends to fly around the home. The key to keeping cat hair off curtains is prevention.