Pet hair: No matter how you try, it seems like the hair never goes away. However, with a few simple steps from Bissell, you can manage, and even get rid of, the pet hair in your home.

• Groom. Every two to three months, bring your pet to the groomer and get in the habit of brushing them each day.

• Use the right vacuum. Get a vacuum built for the job. Pet hair vacuums have things like a tangle-free brush roll and extension wand, with specialized tools designed to clean pet hair in tight corners traditional vacuums can’t reach.

• Breathe easy. An air filter that is made for homes with pets will remove pet dander and odor and help in managing the amount of hair floating around your house.

CLEANING

Give your home a fresh start with these tips:

• Replace your vacuum bag, filter and belt. Replace your vacuum bags every 1-2 months, filters every 3-6 months and belts once per year for peak performance, according to Filtrete.

• Don’t forget to look up. After tackling floors, dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. These hard-to-reach and hard-to-see places can harbor dust. And while you’re up there, change the direction of your ceiling fans to counterclockwise for the winter. This will keep air moving but circulate warm air instead of cooling the room down.

WINTERIZING

Cold weather can wreak havoc on your home if you are not prepared. Here are some tips that can help protect your house this winter, according to LG:

• Install a smart thermostat. Using an app on your smartphone, a smart thermostat can allow you to make adjustments to your home’s temperature from anywhere.

• Seal windows and doors. Check weather stripping around windows and doors. If you find worn, cracked or inadequate sealing, replace it.

• Prep your pipes. Insulate any water pipes that are exposed, winterize outdoor faucets and turn off the water to your home if you plan to be away for a prolonged period of time.

• Tackle inside germs. Extreme temperatures often force us indoors for long periods of times.

TRENDS

Wallpaper, patterns and high gloss lacquer will be hot in 2018

Trulia Design Panel, an expert group of interior designers, home stagers and professional organizers, recently revealed their 2018 home design trend predictions. A common theme is social media-ready decor— pattern on pattern, high-gloss lacquer on walls and strong accent rugs. Unfortunately, the trends predicted to be in decline revolved around recycling and being green such as reclaimed wood and bamboo flooring. More details on these trends can be found by visiting https://www.trulia.com/blog/home-design-predictions-2018/.