Written by Ella White
Dog owners will all know the struggle of dealing with dog hair on every surface imaginable – particularly if your pooch is a longer-haired breed prone to molting. From carpets to car seats (and even dinner!), dog hair seems to find its way into every nook and cranny. But fear not, with a few simple tricks, you can easily remove dog hair from any surface in your home, car, and even your wardrobe. Here's how.
Dog hair can accumulate in carpets over time and can be difficult to remove completely. This can result in scruffy-looking carpets, and comes with potential health concerns – especially for people with allergies or respiratory issues.
Vacuuming your home and grooming your dog regularly helps minimize the amount of hair that accumulates on your carpets, making them easier to maintain, keeping your home more hygienic, and reducing the risk of bad odors.
A rubber broom is a great tool for removing dog hair from carpets. The rubber bristles create an electrostatic charge that attracts hair and pulls it from the fibers of the carpet. Simply sweep the broom back and forth across the carpet, and the hairs should clump together making them easier to pick up.
Many vacuum cleaners come with a pet hair attachment specifically designed to remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery. This attachment usually has a rubberized surface that creates friction to loosen the hair, and strong suction to remove it from your carpet.
A lint roller is a quick and easy way to remove dog hair from smaller areas of carpets or rugs. Simply roll the sticky adhesive roller over the carpet, and watch as the hair is lifted away.
These tools are usually pretty cheap but they’re time consuming to use. By raking over the carpet (by hand), the tiny copper blades scrape all the dog hair (and lint and other little nasties that have embedded their way into your carpet), without damaging the fibers.
Similar to carpets, dog hair on tile floors can accumulate over time and can be difficult to remove completely. This can create a slip hazard as hair can be slippery on smooth surfaces like tiles and linoleum.
When left on floors, dog hair can also attract dirt and debris, making your tile floors look dirty and unkempt. This is especially noticeable if your tile floors are light in color. Regular cleaning and grooming can help minimize the amount of hair your dog sheds by removing loose hair before it has a chance to fall onto your floors. And sweeping or vacuuming your floors daily can prevent any hair and dirt that might build up.
Microfiber mops are a great tool for removing dog hair from tile floors. The static electricity created by the microfiber material attracts hair and dust, making it easy to pick up.
Just like on carpets, a rubber broom can be used to remove dog hair from tile floors. The rubber bristles create an electrostatic charge that attracts hair and pulls it from the floor.
Vacuum cleaners with a hard floor attachment can be used to quickly and easily remove dog hair from tile floors. These attachments have a wider head and strong suction power to pick up hair and dust more effectively from smooth surfaces.
Dog hair can be difficult to remove from car seats and can become deeply embedded in the upholstery over time. This can result in a dirty appearance, particularly if you have light-colored seats. On top of this, if you have allergies or respiratory issues, dog hair in your car can trigger symptoms and make it difficult to breathe while driving.
A build-up of dog hair can also cause unpleasant odors to develop in your car, especially if your dog is wet or has rolled in something unpleasant during their walk. Not only is this unhygienic, it’s also problematic if you use your car for work or for transporting other people.
Regularly vacuuming or using a lint roller on your car seats can help minimize the amount of hair that accumulates on them. You may also consider using a car seat cover or a special pet-specific car seat to protect your upholstery from hair and dirt. You can even buy pet covers to cover the doors, back of the seats in front and footwells - with enough covers you can make sure no dog hairs are getting through to your car’s upholstery.
A lint roller is useful for removing dog hair from car seats as they’re easy to manage over smaller surface areas. Just roll over the seat, and the hair and other dirt will be lifted away. You can also use this method on harder-to-reach areas, like between the seat cushions and down the side of your car seats.
There are many pet hair removal tools specifically designed for use in cars. These tools typically have a rubberized surface or small bristles that grab onto hair and lift it away from the upholstery and carpeting.
Rubber gloves are a quick and easy DIY way to remove dog hair from car seats. Simply put on the glove, dampen it slightly with water, and run it over the seat in a sweeping motion. The rubber will create friction that grabs onto the hair and lifts it away.
Having dog hair on clothes can be uncomfortable and make you look scruffy and unprofessional. But as a dog owner, it can be hard to avoid. Dog hair can cling to clothing fibers and become deeply embedded, making it difficult to remove. And on black or dark-colored clothing, the hair can stand out more prominently against the fabric.
Dog hair can also cause allergies or respiratory issues in some people, which can be exacerbated if the hair comes into contact with clothing. This can result in itching, sneezing, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Regularly washing and using a lint roller or a specialized pet hair removal tool on your clothing can help minimize the amount of hair that accumulates on them. You might also want to consider changing your clothes before spending time with your dog to avoid accumulating hair on your professional or day-to-day clothing in the first place.
Like with carpets and car upholstery, you can quickly run a lint roller over your clothing to remove surface-level dog hairs in an instant.
Where dog hair is slightly more embedded in your clothing, a rubber glove can also be used to remove it. Put on a slightly dampened glove, and run it over the clothing in a sweeping motion that pulls the hairs out of the fabric.
There are many pet hair removal tools that are designed to remove debris from clothing without degrading the fabric. They come with small bristles and rubber surfaces that collect hair and gently lift it away.
As fleece fibers have a greater surface area than other clothing, dog hair can get stuck and become embedded, making it difficult to remove. This can cause issues if you have sensitive skin or if the hair is coarse and prickly. It can also make your clothing look and smell unclean.
For dog hair on the surface of your fleece, a lint roller should be strong enough to effectively remove any stray furs that have become stuck to the clothing.
The best way to prevent dog hair and other dirt getting stuck to your fleece is to wash it regularly – even if you’ve only worn it once or twice. Due to the thickness of the fabric, it’s easy for dirt to accumulate in the fibers before you even notice them.
Pet hair removal tools and brushes can be used on fleece to remove more deeply-embedded furs. If it gets to the point where you are unable to remove the hairs from your fleece because they’re so matted in, it might be time to invest in a new one!