How to get pet hair out of your carpet
Removing Pet Hair
Dog Hair Blues
The Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
Love the Pet, Hate the Hair
I have two cats, and I am having trouble getting the cat hair off the carpets. I have tried vacuuming it with three different vacuum cleaners, but it just sits there. I have low-pile rugs.
Dampened Sponge Mop Removes Pet Hair
After a thorough vacuuming of the rugs, I use a barely dampened sponge mop on low-pile rugs to remove cat hair. I keep this mop for only this purpose so I'm not transferring soap residue and soil to the rug. For upholstered furniture, I use a regular (again, clean) kitchen sponge. These sponges are cheaper than the ones sold especially for this purpose and they work. The fur rolls up into clumps that make it easy to pick them off.
Rubber Glove Your Carpet
To get pet hair off carpet, clothes, etc., try using a rubber glove. It's a great pet hair and lint remover.
Squeegee Removes Pet Hair
Try using a squeegee that is long enough to use like a push broom. Anything that is rubber should get the pet hair up! I use a rubber glove to get pet hair off of clothing and the back of the couch where my cat likes to lay!
Use Lint Removal Brush
My best tool for removing cat hair is one of those lint removal brushes. Mine has a red "napped" fabric on it, with an arrow to direct which way to brush to remove lint. To clean the brush, simply brush in the reverse direction on a scrap of fabric you can throw out. Occasionally, you can find these brushes in Wal-Mart with the laundry products.
This Vacuum Is for Pet Hair
The Dyson "Animal"
model vacuum that we recently purchased is the best thing to get up pet hair. My husband is practically able to reconstruct another cat from the amount of fur he pulls from our upholstery, hardwood floors, and flat pile carpet.
A Rubber Bristle Broom
I found a rubber bristle push broom at CVS pharmacy. The rubber bristles roll up the hair in a pile and you can pick up the rolled hair by hand to throw it away.
Static Guard Solution
Spray Static Guard lightly over carpet, wait a few minutes, and then vacuum as usual.
Sprinkle Carpets with Baking Soda
Sprinkling baking soda over rugs helps loosen pet hair. Let a light coat of baking soda sit just a bit, and then vacuum. It deodorizes as well!
Use a Horse Shedding Blade
I use a horse shedding blade on my rug before vacuuming and it does a fantastic job. It pulls the hair without ripping the carpet fibers.
Unusual, but Effective Ideas
I have found two unusual, but effective ways to lift pet hair from carpets and furniture.
For large clumps of hair, purchase cloth gardening gloves with plastic "nubs" on the fingers and palms. These nubs will catch the hair as you rub your hand over the furniture or across the floor. Keep a trashcan at your elbow, and as your hand gets full, simply pick the hair off the glove and throw it away.
For small amounts of hair, or for short hair that's hard to see, use static electricity. Inflate a balloon and rub it across the carpet. The static on the balloon's surface will pick up the pet hair, and it will stick to the balloon. Once you use a "side" of the balloon, switch to a clean side or you'll just keep transferring the hair back to the carpet.
Mist with Water and Fabric Softener
Mix a little bit of fabric softener with water and spray (mist) on carpet. Allow to dry. Misting will dry quickly. Do not over spray and "drench" the carpet. After the carpet is dry, go back over with your vacuum cleaner.
S. Smith in WV
Take the Next Step
- Visit our Pinterest board for Pet Care for Pennies.
If you enjoyed this article you might also want to check out:
- The Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
- Removing Pet Hair
- Removing Pet Urine Smells
- Get more great time and money saving ideas in your inbox. Subscribe to Dollar Stretcher Tips newsletter, a twice weekly look at how to stretch your day and your dollar!
Share your thoughts about this article with the editor.
Trending on TDS
- How to calculate shipping costs for eBay sales
- Is Amazon Subscribe & Save worth it?
- Kitty condos for less Slideshow
- Why cheap shoes are a bad buy
- Stretching your hair color dollar
- What's on sale in March
- 5 types of freebies you can snag today
- What you shouldn't (and should) buy in March
- 5 dental scams that can put the bite on you
- Money-saving secrets of the rich and frugal
- 5 cheap -- or even free -- ways to exercise