Having a cat or dog as a companion can be one of life’s greatest joys, especially if you do not have any children. They are loyal and love unconditionally, this makes them so special! Having any pets with hair can leave your home covered in pet hair. Blankets cling on to pet hair and we are going to go over how to properly wash blankets that are covered in dog or cat hair.
Will Washing Blankets Covered in Pet Hair, Clog My Washer?
One question we hear a lot when out on repairs, will my pet’s hair break my washing machine? The short answer is no but overtime it can cause damage resulting in a repair of your washer being needing.
Removing pet hair from blankets, clothing, and rugs can be difficult and by adding water to the mix, it becomes next to impossible to remove. This is why it is important to know how to properly wash your blankets to remove the pet hair.
What are the Consequences of Pet Hair in Your Washer?
Many pet owners wonder what happens to their pet’s hair when they wash their clothes and blankets. It may seem like the hair “disappears”, but this is not logical as our machines are not magical. Where is all this hair going, you ask?
All of this hair goes into your washing machine’s drain pump. This is the part of the washer that drains all of the water out of the tub after a cycle completes or drains. This pump has a built-in filter to help remove any debris that can clog and plug up your plumbing. It also ensures that it doesn’t clog the pump in the washer itself. If you have had your washing machine for a while, we recommend you clean out the drain immediately as it could be leading you to a repair shortly.
The Best Solution is Prevention
The best prevention is to ensure that you remove as much pet hair before you place your blanket in the washing tub. This will ensure that you do not have to constantly clean out the buildup in your drain so that your pump does not malfunction.
We recommend that you use a lint roller on all blankets and clothes before you put them into your washing machine. If you do not have a lint roller handy, use a piece of tape to remove and pull of the hairs that are visible on the fabric. You can also use a balloon’s static to remove the hair from the blanket, this option is less used.
The best method is to use your dryer. Your dryer has a lint filter, and this area can be used to collect the pet hair. Simply, run your dryer for 10 minutes with your dry clothes in it and watch as it pulls off the pet hair. When complete, remove the filter and clean the hair from it. To help this even further, add a dryer sheet to help pull off more hair while on its 10 minutes cycle.
This is the best way to ensure you do not need to call in a professional to repair your washing machine because it broke from too much pet hair.