Traveling creates life-long memories, even more so in an RV because you can bring your fur babies. However, sometimes you may find yourself spending more time cleaning up pet fur than experiencing your trip. At least that’s an obstacle we’ve come across.
We’re going to dive into some tricks that’ll help you manage the pet fur in your RV.
Before getting into how to combat pet fur, it’s important to note that this is an ongoing battle and one that fluctuates with the seasons.
Giving your fur babies more frequent baths can help lower the amount of fur that builds up in your RV. Bathing them more often removes the hair that would fall off over time. This not only helps with the top coat but can also loosen up the undercoat. Plus, your pets will be cleaner and happier for it—or at least you’ll be.
If you have a home base and travel in your RV periodically, it might be a good idea to bathe your pets before hitting the road. You could also use your RV’s outdoor faucet if you have one. If you must give them a bath in the RV, we suggest using a drain plug in your shower. It’s truly amazing how much fur our pets shed, and the last thing you want is for it to build up in your tanks. By using a drain plug, you can remove most of the pet fur and put it in the trash.
When it comes to grooming your pets, you’ll find a variety of brushes designed for specific types of pet hair as well as for specific purposes, such as cleaning the undercoat, detangling, or creating a shiny look. The wide variety out there is excellent but can lead to confusion. If you have to choose one brush, we highly recommend the Furminator, a brush tool that can reduce shedding by up to 90%. The more fur you can prevent from shedding, the less fur you’ll be cleaning up later.
The Animal Humane Society recommends you brush your dog every couple of days no matter the length of their fur, and depending on how much your dogs or cats shed and the length of their fur, they may require brushing more frequently. Grooming your pets can be a great help in managing pet fur in your RV.
No one wants to spend time every day picking up pet fur. But, as pet owners, we have to do what we have to do. When it comes to how to clean fur in your RV, there are a few options.
For quick cleanup in small areas involving fabric, a disposable or reusable lint roller may get the job done.
For larger jobs, a good weapon of choice is a rechargeable handheld cordless vacuum cleaner. It can make it easier to attack the pet fur where you see it versus trying to sweep it up. During our pet’s peak shedding season, we find ourselves using our vacuum daily for around five to 10 minutes. If you have a central vacuum system in your RV, use a broom to sweep the fur to it.
As you spend time in your RV, you’ll begin to notice certain areas where the pet fur accumulates, whether it’s under the feet of chairs, on the sofa, or stuck to the trim in the hallway. As you begin to notice where it gathers, it’ll be easier to grab your vacuum, clean it up, and move on.
Tip: Keep in mind that certain fabrics do a better job of repelling pet fur than others. Using fabrics like leather, linen, and tightly woven cotton can make the cleanup less daunting.
An air purifier can be a great tool in helping you limit pet fur buildup in your RV. However, not all air purifiers are created equal, and you’ll want to find one that removes pet fur and dander. This way, you’ll know it’s helping lower the amount of fur and allergens in the air. Read the instruction manual of your purifier carefully, as changing the filter regularly can be crucial. This is especially important if you find you have a lot of pet fur throughout your RV.
Like humans, the food your pets eat can have a drastic effect on their health. Finding quality food that helps with your pet’s coat can make all the difference in the world. What you feed them is entirely up to you, but if you find yourself constantly battling fur, you may want to take a closer look at the ingredients in your pet’s food. Look for pet foods with ingredients like quality protein, as well as foods that promote healthy skin and coats. On the flip side, you may want to avoid ingredients like chemical preservatives, artificial colors, and byproducts.
Fighting pet fur in your RV can seem like an overwhelming battle, but following the tips above should help minimize the hold it can take on your life and travels.