October 05, 2017

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毛髮毛天的寵物

據ziinlife非正式統計,香港人平均每三個朋友就會有一個兼職「貓奴」或「狗奴」,而小編就是其中一位資深奴才。或許牠們天生就帶有一種獨有的氣質,能輕易擄走我們孤獨、空虛的心。因此即使生活在香港這種居住環境超狹窄的城市裡,仍然會有很多人願意騰出蝸居裡的小空間與心愛的小寵物分享。

Having a pet at home has become a big part of life for many people; whether you live in a small apartment in big city like Hong Kong, or you live out in the countryside with lots of space to move around, it is nice to keep a good company like a lovely pet at home. 

 

雖然作為貓奴的我們心甘情願為寵物們奉獻時間、心力,但有些問題卻老是常出現,例如掉毛~無論大貓小狗,長毛短髮,牠們都會有意無意地留下「路經此處」的踪迹。樂觀的我雖然會理解為牠們刻意製造與主人的溫馨互動時光,但有時亦希望著那動人時光不用常重播…

Either way, I'm pretty sure most of pet owners face the same inevitable challenge - hairy hair. May your beloved pet be a dog, a cat, or a rabbit, they always leave behind a lot of hair like the most dominant trace of their adorable existence. Wherever they sit on, usually your couch, bed, or carpet, the area becomes a mini fur-land. 

每天看見可愛的寵物固然心情愉快,可是不能忽視與可愛一同奉上的毛毛問題。完全避免毛毛是mission impossible,不過坊間還是有不少減低影響的方法。各位愛pet如命的朋友們,在受盡外來毛髮困擾,該如何處理問題呢?

As much as you love your pets, you probably do not have the same passion for their hair. The frustration is real, and we should face the challenge and find ways to tackle it! 

There are several things you can do to keep pets' hair away. Being an owner, you'd sometimes find it extraordinary how much hair a pet drops per day. While it's almost impossible to avoid their hair, you want to still take some precautions and keep their hair impact at its minimum. 

處理寵物毛髮最基本的肯定是「防範」。定時定候幫小動物掃毛、洗澡等動作都能有效控制脫毛問題。此外,在家準備一個馬力大的吸塵機是常識,花錢也必須要買一個~下面順便介紹一些小工具給大家處理動物毛髮吧!

First step in 'hair management' - prevention, prevention, prevention! Grooming your pet frequently is definitely a good way to keep their hair at bay, and vacuuming is also essential to get rid of hair at home and on furniture. Below is a list of items you can use to groom or remove/prevent hair: 

  • 膠手套:這是處理被毛毛困擾之傢具的最佳工具之一!便宜、容易買是它的特點,手套帶上手,一下搽在梳化之類的家具上,毛毛蕩然無存,不妨一試!

    Rubber gloves: this is probably one of the more popular ways to deal with pet hair on furniture and/or fabric. You simply put a pair of rubber gloves on and rub on the furniture in one direction, and watch the fur ball grow! This method is so effective that about 98% of hair can be picked up on first wipe! 

  • 乾海綿:它們也是隨手可得的工具之一,乾濕兩用均可!
    Dry sponge: you can also use a dry sponge to pick up hair. And to make it even more effective, you can slightly damp the sponge before use. 
  • 梳化套、小:這是最直接了當的解決方法。
    Slip covers or blankets: an easiest way to prevent hair on your furniture is to place a cover over the surface, so that you can exchange for a new cover each time it gets hairy/messy. Also, just like bed covers, you get to choose a pattern and color you like and change it all the time, so it looks like you have new furniture :)
  • 一把好梳:面對不同毛髮面積的寵物,應該以不同的梳處理。例如厚毛髮可以用像古代種田用的犁頭般的梳來梳理,長毛髮就最好出動幾把不同梳頭的梳來打理。也有很多人喜歡使用連帶著梳的手套,好處在於能輕易梳理寵物毛髮之餘,也讓寵物感覺被人撫摸一樣,一舉兩得!
    A good brush: different types of brushes are designed for different level of hair density. For example, use a 'rake-like' brush for pets with an undercoat, and a combination of different brushes for long-haired pets. Gloves with a built-in brush are also very popular among pet owners because that make brushing feel like petting, therefore very enjoyable for your pets!
  • 有黏性的東西都可以,如普通封箱膠紙、膠紙捲棒等。
    Lint-roller and duck tapes: basically anything that sticks!
  • 微纖維毛巾:乾濕兩用,比一般棉質毛巾更能有效去除毛髮Micro-fiber cloth: use it damp or dry, either way it is a good tool for removing pet hair on furniture. 

以上是一些遇到毛髮後的應變措施,有些主人會尋求一些阻止問題出現的方法。雖然這真是極之困難,但這裡也可以給大家一些在買傢具,如梳化、床等的時候,選擇布料的建議。動物毛髮一般不會黏在真皮傢具上,可是這對於素食者和環保人士來說不是一個很理想的材料,而且價錢相對較高。

Some people want a more direct way, and it can be from the every beginning: choosing your furniture! Essentially, leather surfaces don't attract hair much, but if you're a vegetarian, an environmentalist, or simply someone who does not find leather furniture appealing, this may not be a solution for you. 

所以還是重點介紹不同種類布料的黏毛本性吧!畢竟,布藝傢具始終是很多人的首選。

Fabric is nice, and comes with a lot of varieties, but there are things you should keep in mind if you have a pet at home. 

天鵝絨等絨布雖然漂亮,但是極度黏毛。坊間有絨布為材料的黏毛棒這一事實已經清楚說明絨布黏毛的特性。所以家裡有寵物的話,千萬不要貪好看買了天鵝絨或燈芯絨等絨布做為傢具啊!

Material/ fabric such as velvet and corduroy attract hair like crazy, you should notice how amazingly a velvet lint-roller works, and you'd want to turn away from these fabrics if you don't want your home turned into a hairy disaster. 

 

其實不黏毛的布料有很多,例如絲和色丁布,它們出名柔滑,毛髮掉在上面,一下便滑下來了!可是這種布料纖維太纖細,經不起粗暴對待,很容易被寵物抓一下,咬一口便爛掉。另外就是人造纖維,比如尼龍。人造纖維和絲一樣不吸引毛髮,可是這類型布料容易引起靜電,萬一毛髮掉在人造纖維上,要清理便會很困難。

Silk and satan are the opposite of hair attraction but because of their delicate nature, they are not great to be around pets whose nail and teeth are sharp. Synthetic material such as spandex and nylon also repel hair but because they are prone to static cling, it's hard to remove hair from these materials if there's any. 

 

那麼,有什麼布料是堅韌、不會產生靜電、又不吸引毛髮呢?其實平凡如牛仔布、毛線面料便是很好的選擇。所以如果希望在梳化或其他傢具上放一塊遮蓋布的話,可以選擇以牛仔布或毛線編織。又或者那天您穿著牛仔褲,便可以放心和寵物玩耍,不用擔心整個屁股都黏上毛毛啦!

Fabrics that don't attract much hair, and do not go crazy on static are denim and wool/ acrylic. That being said, when you want to put a cover on your couch, you may go for a denim or a knitted one. Or if you're wearing jeans that day, you can be somewhat sure sharing your bed or sofa with your pet isn't going to turn into a mess later. 

 

 

要完全杜絕寵物毛髮雖然是不可能的事情,可是適當瞭解一些可靠的預防或解決方法,可以使我們的生活便會變得愉快輕鬆不少!

There is no absolute best way to solve the messy pet hair situation, but if you know these tricks, they will make your life so much easier! 


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