Pampered pooches and cat
  • 25% of pets have their own spot on the sofa
  • 27% of pets get priority on the sofa over the rest of the family
  • Pet-related cleaning tops out at one hour and 46 minutes per week
  • Popular top tips on how to keep pet hair at bay

Pets are top of the pecking order in over a quarter of UK homes (27%), as pampered pooches and coddled cats take priority over their owners to get the best seat in the living room. Added to this, a quarter (25%) of all pets have their own dedicated spot on the household sofa, and 12% have a regular space on the lounge armchair according to new research from appliance maker Vorwerk**.

Bedrooms are not off limit either, as nearly half (49%) of all households let their pet sleep on their beds. Cats are most likely to sleep on their owner’s beds at 55%, while one in five dogs (20%) find their way onto their owner’s beds. As well as leaving behind fur, they also shed skin and leave behind allergens in their sweat and urine.

Cleaning consequences

While many of us prioritise our pet’s comfort, the knock-on effect is the average UK household spends one hour and 46 minutes a week cleaning up after their pet as they leave their hair and fluff behind. This peaks at two hours and 27 minutes in the north east, and nearly two hours in Wales (one hour and 55 minutes).

Most common pet-related chores:

  1. Vacuuming pet hair from carpets and floors – 67%
  2. Vacuuming the armchairs and sofas – 33%
  3. Cleaning pet bedding – 25%
  4. Mopping floors – 22%
  5. Cleaning litter trays – 22%

Commenting on the stats, cleaning expert Thomas Henningsson from Vorwerk said, “We know that the UK is a nation of pet lovers, but it can be annoying having to constantly clean up after them – especially when our pets leave their fur on our favourite armchair. While it’s all part and parcel of family life, there are some quick ways to help keep pet hair at bay.

“It’s fair to say that not all vacuum cleaners are created equal, especially when it comes to cleaning pet hair. Our cutting-edge Kobold VK200 vacuum cleaner efficiently and effectively cleans household dirt and pet hair from your home using filtering systems that deep clean and remove allergens. For pet owners the multiple cleaning tools that it offers mean you can quickly clean pet hair and fur from all your carpets and soft furnishings.”

Top tips for a fur-free household:

Flip flops – rubbing rubber flip flops along your carpet will quickly lift stubborn pet hair. Put them on your hands and wipe along the carpet pile. The hair will gather in balls which and be easily vacuumed away.

  • Rubber gloves – in a similar way, wear the gloves and rub your carpet and the fur will come up and stick to the gloves. Once you’ve got the bulk of it up, simply immerse your hands in a bucket of water and the hair will loosen and float to the top and can be thrown away.
  • Balloon – use the static from a balloon by rubbing it across your sofa and soft furnishings that might have unwanted pet hair. The hair will be attracted to the surface of the balloon and can then be easily collected
  • Baking soda – to refresh carpets and soft furnishings where your pets have been sitting, sprinkle a little baking soda onto the surfaces, leave it to settle for a short period, and then vacuum up. This will collect the hair and also deodorise your room.
  • Vorwerk Kobold VK200 – for pet owners it is worth investing in an advanced vacuum cleaner that will effectively remove pet hair, and has a variety of settings and attachments to tackle all your surfaces. Not only will it deep clean your home, it will provide many years of service to your family.

For more information and tips on how to help keep your house clean when you have pets, please visit

• **Research carried out by OnePoll among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 people between 20.03.2017-24.03.2017. OnePoll are members of ESOMAR and employ members of the MRS.

This story is a guest submission and does not reflect the views of Dogs Monthly Magazine, always consult a qualified expert.


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