How To Get Dog Hair Out Of Car
Are you tired of cleaning up clumps of dog hair from your car? I know I am. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my little furry friend. Every time I see her running up the driveway with her tail wagging, her tongue out, and her eyes pleading for a car ride, I cave. It’s a real weakness, and I know you feel the same way about your canine best friend.
The truth is, the joy of having them along when you’re visiting family, friends, or the beach, seems like a small price to pay for the hair they’ll leave as a souvenir.
The actual process of removing embedded dog hair from the fabric of your car seat and carpet is overwhelming. It’s a dirty and thankless job, and it takes too long.
For years I’ve tried different methods of getting rid of stubborn dog hair, none of which have been extremely effective. Thankfully, I’ve recently perfected a cleaning process that has made my life easier, and I’m here to share this process with all my dog-loving car-owning friends.
One thing to keep in mind though – The easiest way to get dog hair off car seats is to prevent it from happening in the first place. If little Fido is riding along with you, we highly recommend forking out a few dollars to get a dog car seat cover. Before we get started, here is a quick list of our favorite options:
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To complete the step by step car cleaning process I’ve outlined below, you need the following items:
1. Rubber gloves
2. Vacuum cleaner
3. Wire brush or stiff bristle brush
4. Fine grain pumice stone
5. Liquid fabric softener
STEP BY STEP:
HOW TO REMOVE DOG HAIR FROM YOUR CAR
STEP #1: GRAB A VACUUM
Quality vacuum cleaners have the ability to suck up loose dog hair found on the surface of your seats and carpets.
A vacuum cleaner will effectively get rid of the larger and longer clumps of dog hair, leaving only the smaller stubborn hairs. When choosing a vacuum cleaner, select one with attachments that will help collect pet hair.
One product that has caught my eye is the affordable and lightweight Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, as it is has a powerful suction, multi-level filtration, and a hard nozzle created specifically for dealing with cars. It’s also perfect for cleaning up dog hair around the house.
Once you have run your vacuum through your car and removed as much surface hair as possible, move on to the next step.
STEP #2: BRING OUT THE GLOVES
The next step involves using rubber gloves to clean your car seats.
Once you’ve put on your gloves, wet your fingers in a bowl of water and run your hands over the surface of your car seats in a downward motion. Alternatively, you can spray a little bit of water on the car seats and then run your gloved hands over the surface. Both methods work well.
These actions will generate enough static electricity to cause the dog hair to stick to your gloves.
Once this happens, you can suck up the balls of hair with the vacuum. Repeat this process until your seats are hair-free.
If the dog hair has stubbornly weaved its way into the fabric of your car seats, add fabric softener to your water to help loosen up the strands. You can lightly spray this mixture onto the seats, or dip your gloved hands into the mixture before rubbing the surface of the seats.
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STEP #3: PUT THE PUMICE STONE TO GOOD USE
Step 2 discussed removing dog hair from your car seats while Step 3 will discuss removing dog hair from your carpets. While rubber gloves can work on carpets, they will tear easily when cleaning deeply buried dog hairs. That’s where a pumice stone comes in.
Simply wet the carpet with a mixture of water and fabric softener, and then rub the surface with the pumice stone. The pumice stone will pick up the most stubborn hairs from your carpet, including the ones you are unable to see. Once the hair has formed into balls, use your vacuum cleaner to collect the hair.
If you do not own a pumice stone, you can execute this step using a wire brush/stiff bristle brush. A brush is just as hard and just as effective as the pumice stone.
To cut down on the amount of time you spend digging up hairs from your seats and carpets, give your dog’s coat a quick brush before they enter your car. By taking this small step, you’re cutting down on the amount of hair they will shed during the ride (you’re welcome).
Cleaning dog hair does not have to be daunting and stressful. With this tutorial you won’t have to experience an internal dilemma each time your dog hops into your car.
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Perhaps you have a more effective method of cleaning dog hair, or you just want to express your overwhelming gratitude for the master tips outlined above. Either way, I’d love to hear from you.
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