How To Remove Pet Hair From Different Surfaces


Below, we consider how to remove per hair from different surfaces and areas.

Some of these different surfaces/areas include the carpet, hard floors and tiles, clothes, furniture and upholstery, linen like bed sheets and blankets, washing machines, and cars.

Let’s take a look.


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

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When It Comes To Cleaning Up Pet Hair … Prevention May Help

Although the dropping and spreading of pet hair on different surfaces can’t be prevented altogether, it may be reduced somewhat with a few different prevention methods.

Some of those methods might include:


1. Separating The Dog From The Area You Don’t Want Pet Hair In

This might be temporary, or more permanent in some instances for specific rooms of the house.

Your dog should have a reasonable amount of space to walk around the property, but, if you don’t want pet hair in a specific room of the house, like a specific bedroom, you might consider having the doors to that room closed at all times, along with gently teaching your dog that that particular room is ‘out of bounds’.

The same might apply to one specific vehicle if you own multiple vehicles (i.e. there’s one vehicle you don’t allow your dog in)


2. Covering The Surface Of The Area Your Dog Is In

This is only practical for smaller areas, and for shorter periods of time.

But, if you want or need to take your dog somewhere in the car for example, but are concerned about pet hair in the car, you might put a comfortable protective sheet down for them to sit/lay on.

This sheet might significantly reduce the amount of hair that gets on the car upholstery or car surface.


3. Periodically Brushing A Dog’s Coat 

Loose hair can build up on the coat, and that loose hair eventually drops onto different surfaces.

Periodic brushing of a dog’s coat (once, or a few times a week) outside the house (so dropped fur doesn’t fall on the floor inside) can reduce the amount of hair a dog drops inside the house and on different surfaces.

A deshedding tool like the Furminator Deshedding Tool (on Amazon), and/or a slicker brush like the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush (on Amazon) for example, can work well in combination to remove both surface/outer coat hairs (and matting), and also undercoat hairs.


*Considering The Breed Of Dog

It’s worth mentioning that some breeds of dog shed and drop a lot more hairs than others – especially some double coat breeds.

If you haven’t got a dog yet, it’s worth researching and understanding how much hair different dog breeds shed and drop before buying one, if you’re concerned about dropped dog hair.


Having Realistic Expectations For Removing & Cleaning Up Pet Hair

It’s worth mentioning that although some surfaces may be much easier to keep clean of pet hair than others, there isn’t a perfect tool or method to completely remove or clean up pet hair from other surfaces.

So, it might be realistic to expect that not all pet hair can be removed from some surfaces all the time.


A List Of Different Pet Hair Remover Tools

We’ve listed some of the different potential pet hair remover tools in a separate guide.


A Warning About Different Tools & Cleaning Methods Before You Use Them

Before using any tools or cleaning methods, confirm yourself that they are non marking and won’t damage the surface or item you are using them on.


How To Remove Pet Hair From The Carpet

There might be two steps to remove pet hair from carpet, with an optional third step:


Step 1 – Consider A Rubber Tool 

Compared to other materials like plastic (such as the plastic bristles on a brush), rubber can be electrostatic when gently moved across another surface.

This may have the effect of attracting the hair to the rubber bristles on some surfaces like carpet or upholstery.

Make sure beforehand though that the rubber is non marking rubber, and that it won’t damage or mark the carpet. 

A rubber brush, broom or glove might be used for example.

One example of a good rubber brush tool might be this Carrand Lint & Hair Removal Brush (on Amazon).

It’s designed to remove hair, lint and fuzz from carpets and upholstery.

Something to note with rubber brushes is to make sure the rows of bristles are thick or solid, and not thin and flimsy.

If they are thin and flimsy (or there’s not many bristles), the brush won’t be as effective at trapping and removing the hair between or in front of the bristles.


Step 2 – Consider A Vacuum

Run over the carpet with a vacuum to get the remaining pet hair and debris – the suction of the vacuum will lift some of these hairs out


Step 3 (Optional) – Consider A Carpet Cleaner Machine

This is an optional step (i.e. not necessary)

But, after vacuuming, a carpet cleaner that uses a BrushRoll (a brush that spins) may pick up pet hair beyond what a vacuum can.

You can read about some of the more popular pet carpet cleaners on the market here.


How To Remove Pet Hair From Hard Floors & Tiles

It’s generally far easier to remove pet hair from hard and sealed surfaces than surfaces like carpet, because the hair doesn’t get lodged in carpet fibres.

There might be one step to remove pet hair from hard floors and tiles, with optional additional steps:


Step 1 – Consider Sweeping

Sweep over the hard surface or tiles with a thick, soft broom, and sweep the hair into a pile or a dust pan, which you can then empty into the bin.


Step 2 (Optional) – Consider Vacuuming

This is an optional step (i.e. not necessary)

After sweeping, vacuum over the surface to suction up the remaining pet hair and debris

Some vacuum attachments and tools may allow you to get into small/tight areas.


Step 3 (Optional) – Consider A Damp Cloth Or Mop

This is an optional step (i.e. not necessary)

A damp mop can be used for the remaining hairs (as they will stick to the mop)

You can also use a damp micro fiber cloth for corners and hard to reach places, or hair that doesn’t easily get suctioned up. The AmazonBasics Blue and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth (on Amazon) might be an example of a cloth.


How To Remove Pet Hair From Clothes

Some clothing materials will trap pet hairs more than others, and the hair will be hard to remove unless you pick them out with your finger nails or a set of tweezers for example.

There might be two steps to remove pet hair from clothing, with an optional preventative step:


Step 1 – Consider A Hair Removal Tool

There’s a range of hair removal tools for clothing.

Make sure they won’t damage or mark your clothes. But, some options might be:

A lint/sticky roller, such as the Scotch Brite Lint Roller (on Amazon)

Duct tape or sticky tape – dab it on the clothes, so the hair sticks to the sticky side of the tape

A clothes brush with bristles that won’t damage the clothing material, but will be thick enough to pick up hairs from the clothing fabric

Rubber gloves that are slightly damp – creates static when you rub them against the clothes, and can pick up hairs


Step 2 – Consider Washing

If the clothes are washable, hand washing them or machine washing them may help remove some of the hair


*Prevention Tip

For clothes you need for a specific event, a good prevention tip might be to keep them in your room away from your pet until the event, and when you are getting ready on the day/night, consider isolating your dog to one part of the house so they don’t jump on you or go near your before you leave the house to go to the event.

If you need to go in the car and there is pet hair on the car seats, clean them first, or put a cover over the seat before you sit on it. Taking another form of transport (like a ride share) is another option


How To Remove Pet Hair From Furniture, Couches/Sofas, & Upholstery

There might be two steps to remove pet hair from furniture, couches/sofas, and upholstery:


Step 1 – Consider A Rubber Tool, Lint Roller, Specialised Pet Hair Tool, Or Bristle Brush

A non marking rubber tool or a roller might be able to remove some pet hair from furniture.

One example is the ChomChom Roller Dog Hair, Cat Hair, Pet Hair Remover (on Amazon). This tool might be better for flatter surfaces though.

One problem with rollers, and lint brushes with fabric though, is that the fabric on the roller/brush can fall apart after a few months of use. So, be aware of this.

Additionally, in some instances, a bristle brush with sturdier or thicker bristles that won’t mark the furniture might be better for some types of sofa or furniture materials where rigid thick bristles might be better for collecting the hairs.


Step 2 – Consider An Above-Floor Vacuum

An above floor vacuum cleaner (with above floor features, tools and attachments) might be able to suction up some of the remaining pet hairs from upholstery and furniture.

Make sure it’s designed for upholstery and furniture though.


How To Remove Pet Hair From Blankets & Bed Sheets

There might be two steps to remove pet hair from blankets and bedsheets:


Step 1 – Consider A Rubber Tool Or Lint Roller

These tools can remove some pet hairs


Step 2 – Consider Washing

Putting the sheets or blankets in the washing machine can help remove pet hairs too.

You may have to clean the inside of the washing machine after though with a damp cloth.


How To Remove Pet Hair From The Washing Machine

There might be two steps to remove pet hair from a washing machine:


Step 1 – Consider A Damp Cloth

Slightly dampen a cloth, and wipe the inside of the washing machine barrel with the cloth. The hairs should stick to the cloth

Make sure to wipe the barrel, in addition to underneath any rubber seals on the inside of the barrel (which hairs and dirt can get trapped under)


Step 2 – Consider Cleaning The Lint & Hair Filter

If your washing machine has a lint and hair filter, and it’s able to be cleaned, you may find hair in that too


How To Remove Pet Hair From The Car (Car Seats, Car Floor, etc.)

There might be two steps to remove pet hair from a car:


Step 1 – Consider A Specially Made Dog Hair Car Detailing Tool, Rubber Tool, Or Lint Roller

These tools might all be good for picking up pet hair from car seats, upholstery, the floor and in some instances all the tighter and narrower spaces in the car (in the case of detailing tools).

Two examples of specially made dog hair detailing tools for dog hair in vehicles are the:

Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer (on Amazon)

Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover For Car Detailing (on Amazon)


Step 2 – Consider Vacuuming

For the remaining hairs, go over the car with a portable, handheld vacuum 




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