Not too long ago, we bought what for us is a very nice couch at the IKEA store in Atlanta.
Since we have six indoor cats, we thought it might be a good idea to cover as much of the couch as we could to minimize the amount of cat hair that could be left behind on the couch itself. To that end, we bought several inexpensive blankets to tuck in and drape over the couch.
Well, wasn't too long before it became plain that the blankets were serving their purpose, at least to some degree. The white blanket we spread on the chaise portion of the couch looked dirty pretty fast.
We washed the blankets a little over a week ago. While any stains present came out, it's as if the cat hair multiplied or something. I was hoping the wash would take it away, but no such luck. It's all over the blankets now, and seems unsightly. On top of that, there's no way to keep it from migrating to the couch itself. I know that's not the end of the world as I have a handheld Dirt Devil and one of those Pledge fur remover things. Trouble is those don't work too well on the blankets. Too linty, or something.
I've found a detergent called Le Chien et La Chat that's supposed to dissolve pet hair and certain lint in the wash. Trouble is that it looks to cost 3 times the price of normal detergent.
Someone told me that a cup of white vinegar in the wash will cause the pet hair to release, but I've never heard that before.
Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?