Even the most well-behaved pets are bound to leave a mess in your home if they’re prone to shedding. Trying to clean pet hair from carpet is a notoriously annoying project that can sometimes consume several hours of your day. The process doesn’t have to be difficult, though, as there are some proven methods that can speed up cleaning. We’ve outlined some of the most effective and popular ones below.

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Fabric softener or baking soda

It’ll be tough to get pet hair out of your carpet with just a vacuum. This is due to the static electricity that binds hair and carpet fiber together. A common solution to hair removal is to lightly coat the carpet with fabric softener or baking soda before vacuuming. It’s recommended that you dilute your fabric softener with water (one part fabric softener, 3 parts water). Both baking soda and fabric softener will help pull apart the hair from the carpet, making the vacuum’s job that much easier. Baking soda is also great at removing odors left behind from pet hair.

Sponge mop

Despite what you may be thinking, sponge mops aren’t just for hardwood floors. Sponge mops are effective at removing pet hair from carpeting because the moisture adds weight to the hairs, making them easier to pick up. Using a sponge mop is also less physically taxing as you won’t need to get on your hands and knees.

Make sure to vacuum the carpet before applying the sponge mop. You won’t need to dump your sponge mop into a bucket of water and soap to get the hairs out. All you need to do is lightly spray the sponge mop with water and move it across the carpet. Pretty simple!

If you don’t have a sponge mop, you can always use a regular sponge or a damp washcloth and remove the hairs by hand. Vacuum the carpet before trying either of these methods.

Squeegee

squeegee

That tool you use to clean your car windows is also great for getting pet hairs out of carpets. Using a squeegee on carpeting is as simple as it sounds – just repeatedly rub and collect hairs as you go! You should consider a squeegee over other options if you have to collect hairs in hard-to-reach spaces (underneath a couch, tight corners, etc.).  

Rubber broom

Investing in a rubber broom is a smart use of your money if you find yourself cleaning pet hair on a weekly (or even daily) basis. They’re relatively cheap and can be used on many different types of surfaces. Rubber is especially effective as it holds a better grip on hairs than other materials.

You can use the rubber broom the same way you would a rake by pulling backward on the carpet. Rubber brooms can be pushed on other surfaces, but on carpets, it’s important you only pull. Make sure to keep the bristles vertical and move in short strokes.

If you don’t want to pay money for a rubber broom, try putting on latex gloves and accumulating hair by hand. You can remove the hair from your glove by simply turning it inside out or submerging it in water.

Pumice stone

A pumice stone is a block of hardened lava foam typically used to remove dead and dry skin. Its rough texture is also useful in digging up pet hairs. Many people like to use the pumice stone on their car floor mats – just take a look at how this guy accomplishes it.

pumice stone

How to prevent pet hair in your carpets

There will almost always be pet hair in your carpet no matter what you do, but there are some proven methods for minimizing the damage. The first and most obvious way to do this is to brush your animals more regularly. It might also be worth investing in dog shampoo that relieves shedding.

In addition to regularly cleaning your animals, you can also reduce future cleaning by investing in a roomba vacuum. A roomba is an autonomous robot vacuum that can navigate the house on its own. While a roomba won’t pick up hairs as effectively as a rubber broom or squeegee, it will cut down on the time you spend vacuuming.

Now it’s so much easier to clean pet hair from carpet!

Getting the pet hair out of your carpets will be far less challenging if you follow the above tips. This is just part one of a three-part series where we’ll be teaching you how to clean pet hair from carpet, hardwood floors, and car upholstery. So stay tuned for the next installment! In the meantime, take a look at this guide to cleaning antique carpets as there are some big differences you ought to know.

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