So Jaspers bed is COVERED in cat hair after about a year of lounging.
Any tips on laundering?
Will my Washing Machine get Totally plugged up?
Do I need to De-Fur the bed first?
I had the same problem when I found out Addison had tapeworm. I gave him medication and had to clean EVERYTHING. At that point, he only had one bed and spent half his time in that, half his time in my bed. I washed the sheets easily enough, but his bed was a bit of a problem. I would say take it outside and shake off as much of the hair as you can, and whatever doesn't come off that way, do it by hand. If you don't have a roller hair remover (I don't) use tape. I find its pretty easy to wrap a piece of tape around your 4 fingers and just press here and there, occasionally spinning to a clean piece of tape.
I still had some hair left when I washed it but figured if the washer didn't get it, the dryer would. Most of it came off, but there was still some left. I'm sure after a year of hair build up, anything will be an improvement so don't worry if there's still a bit. Give it a day or two and it'll be hairy again anyway
"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."
I have a fantastic little vacuum I bought at Target. I works perfectly for sweeping the couch, Stephen's bed & any blankets she's laid on. It vacuums up the hair in one session. If it's really covered like Stephen's bed usually is, it should take you about 5 minutes. There's a little attachment that I use with an arch of brush.
Edit: I just checked the link, and it's on clearance for $19! (I paid $40)
From a post I started when I was looking for something...
Black and Decker Dirt Buster
Handheld corded vacuum
My boss swore by it and let me take it home for a night. Wow! I was absolutely amazed at the power of this little thing! It has the suction of a full-size vacuum. The little brush attachment completely cleaned Stephen's two favorite spots - the top edge of the couch and her catnip pillow. The pillow looks like new!
I believe these will help reduce cat hair in the washer.
I have a handheld Shark vaccum that will work great Then I'll finish up with the tape method. I've started looking at teh other beds (3 more) and may do them at the same time.
(bummer you missed out on the vacccum sale, half off! I hate when that happens!)
I have three cats which produce alot of shedding I wash their bedding every month or two. I just throw it in the washer and dryer. I've never had it get blocked up or anything, but the lint trap sure is full when it's done in the dryer