If you’re sick of attacking every square inch of carpet, clothing and upholstery with tape to try and get rid of pet hair – I don’t blame you! Dogs make wonderful pets, but the continuous shedding can be a nightmare. The good news is there are some tricks you can use to quickly get rid of hair before it drives you insane.
1. Ball Up Hair with a Damp Sponge
Hair in carpets is a common problem for dog owners. Many vacuum cleaners struggle with hair – especially when it’s ground into carpet fibers. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to remove hair that your vacuum can’t dislodge.
For this tip, just run a slightly dampened sponge over carpets and stairs. Some hair will stick to the sponge, but most will ball up so it’s easy to pick up. Give it a try – you’ll be amazed at how much hair is hiding in your carpets.
2. Give Your Dog Regular Grooms and Baths
Grooming your dog is important for both health and minimizing loose hair. A quick brush every few days can remove much of the hair that would otherwise end up on your carpet or sofas.
If your dog has long hair, you should use a variety of brushes to remove as much hair as possible. For undercoats, a rake-type brush is best, while a regular brush is useful for longer hairs. If your dog hates grooming tools, you can also buy gloves with built-in brushes.
Baths can also be a good way to manage hair and reduce pet dander. Be careful though – bathing too often can cause a dog’s skin to dry out. Most experts recommend bathing a healthy dog once a month using specialist dog shampoo.
- Epi-soothe Cream Rinse and Conditioner by Virbac
- DECHRA DermaBenSS Shampoo
- Petmate Furbuster Pet Hair Collector
- Dog Zoom Groom
- Miracle Care Grooming Mitt for Dogs
3. Use Damp Rubber Gloves to Strip Hair from Furniture
If your vacuum doesn’t have a pet turbo attachment, damp rubber gloves are a cheap and reusable alternative for fabric and upholstery.
Just run your hands under a cold tap, wipe them until almost dry and run the gloves along fabric and upholstery. The dog hair will be attracted to the rubber, so you can remove large clumps in one go. The same technique can be used for cars or clothes.
4. Vacuum High Before Low
The most effective way to remove dog hair is regular vacuuming – but make sure you vacuum high areas first. You can also sprinkle baking soda over your carpet before vacuuming to loosen hair.
On a side note, I recommend buying a vacuum with both a powered brush bar and a pet turbo tool if you have a problem with hair. The brush bar will dig deeper into carpets to remove more hair, while a turbo tool can make quick work of sofas and mattresses.
5. Remove Hair from Clothes in Bulk
If you have a dryer, you can remove hair from clothes in batches. Put your hair-ridden clothes into the machine along with a drying sheet for around 10-15 minutes. The spinning should loosen the hair which is then collected in the lint trap. While this tip won’t remove all hair from your clothes, it’ll get rid of most. For the rest, try using some tape or a lint roller.
6. Buy an Air Purifier
This is the most expensive tip, but can make a big difference – especially if you have allergies to dust or pet dander. Air purifiers filter both small particles and hair, which prevents it from circulating around your home. The best models are also fitted with HEPA filters, so they remove pollen, dust mites and other allergens.
It’s important to make sure you clean the filter though. If your dog sheds a lot, the filter is likely to clog which can stop it from being effective.
7. Clean Wooden Furniture with Anti-Static Spray
Carpets and upholstery are the worst culprits for trapping pet hair, but that doesn’t mean wood furniture doesn’t need cleaning too. Hair can often get stuck with static electricity, making it difficult to remove. You can solve this by using anti-static dusting spray before wiping the furniture with a soft cloth.
Bonus Tip: Match Your Clothes and Carpets to Your Dog!
If you’ve had enough of cleaning, you can always buy carpets or clothing that match your dog’s fur. The hair won’t go away, but it’ll be much less noticeable!
Dealing with dog hair in your home is a lot of work. Many dogs shed all-year round, so you don’t even get a break during winter! The tips in this post can make removing hair much faster though, so you’ll spend less time vacuuming and more time enjoying your pet.
Do you have any questions about the tips in this article? Or do you know a different method for cleaning dog hair? If so, let me know in the comments!
About the Author
James Hall is a blogger and freelance writer from the UK. He’s currently head writer at SpotlessVacuum.co.uk, a site that helps consumers choose the right vacuum cleaner. In his free time, his favourite hobby is hiking with his family and two golden retrievers.