Pet Hair and Carpets, Rugs and Furniture – How to Remove Pet Hair

Read on to find out how to remove pet hair from your carpets, area rugs and furniture.

a hand picking up a clump of pet hair out of the carpet

At Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa and Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, we love our pets – and we love your pets too! We like to tell people that pets are part of what keeps us in business.  All those tough to tackle pet stains are right up our alley! We specialize in treating urine and other pet stains to help get them out of your carpets, rugs and upholstery.  But what about all that pet hair? How can we keep our pets’ fur off our furniture and out of our rugs and carpets? Here’s some easy pet hair removal tricks that you can try on your own to help keep fur out your carpets, out of your rugs and off your furniture.

Removing Pet Hair from Carpets and Area Rugs 

There are actually quite a few different methods for removing pet hair from your carpets.  Here are a few examples:

Using Fabric Softener

To use this method, you will need a spray bottle and some fabric softener.  Create a solution in your spray bottle that is one part fabric softener and three parts water. Lightly spray the solution over your carpet or rugs.  Be sure not to spray too much! You only want a very light mist of the solution over your carpets.  The carpets or rugs should not be completely wet after spraying, just very slightly damp.  Allow the spray to dry.  It should not take very long to dry because you should not have sprayed very much.  Once dry, use your vacuum cleaner to vacuum up all the loose hair.

Using Static Electricity

This method might be more time consuming than others, but it really can work! Have you ever noticed when your kids play with balloons, they get all dirty and hairy? That’s from static electricity.  It really can work to pick up hair.  Just blow up some balloons and lightly rub them across your carpets. It sounds silly, but the static from the balloon will attract the hairs, pulling them from the fibers of your carpets.

Static Fun!

Rubber gloves are also a good tool for creating static electricity.  If you don’t have any balloons on hand, just slip on a rubber glove and run it over your carpets. This method is likely not the best – but it can be fun!

Using a Squeegee

Pushing a squeegee along the carpet can help to remove stuck in pet hair.  The hair sticks to the rubber, helping it to pull loose hairs up from the fibers of your carpet or rugs. Even after you squeegee your floors, be sure to vacuum up any loose hairs that get left behind.

using a squeegee to clean pet hair out of carpet
Use a Moist Hand

If you aren’t afraid of getting your hands a little dirty, this method works great! Simply rub your carpets with wet hands.  Loose hair in your area rugs and carpets will gather up into your wet hands, making it easy to dispose.

Maybe you don’t want to get your hands too dirty, that’s ok! A slightly damp, clean kitchen sponge can work in this way too. Just be sure to vacuum first, then let the moist sponge help to pick-up left-over hair.

Vacuums Designed for Pet Hair Removal

These days, many companies have specialized vacuums for pet hair removal.  They include different attachments and brushes that help to loosen the hairs from the fibers of your carpets and rugs.  These vacuums are a great investment to help keep pet hair at bay in your home.

a picture of some of the many options of vacuum cleaners for pet hair removal
Use a Lint Roller

Lint rollers are great tools for getting loose pet hair out of your carpets and area rugs. There are many different options to choose from. Some lint rollers are reusable.  Once you use it, you simply empty out the hair or rinse off the roller.  Others are disposable.  With disposable lint rollers, you simply peel off a sticky sheet as it becomes full of dirt and hair, exposing a new sticky sheet to use.

who are you calling a cootie queen you lint licker
Baking Soda

For this method, start by spreading a light coat of baking soda all over your carpets.  Let it sit for a few minutes.  The baking soda will help to loosen the hair stuck in the fibers of your carpet.  Simply vacuum the floors after the baking soda has sat for a few minutes.  This is also a great way to deodorize your carpets too.  So, this method can help get rid of pet hair and some pet smells!

 Removing Pet Hair from Upholstery

a picture of a dog sitting on a couch covered with dog hair

Many of the same methods you use for removing pet hair from your carpets or area rugs can be used on your furniture as well. For instance, lint rollers are great tools for removing pet hair from your furniture.  And pet hair vacuums usually come with attachments you can use for vacuuming the hair from your upholstery.

Another method to try for removing pet hair from your upholstery is the pumice stone method.  A pumice stone is a great tool for removing pet hair from most types of furniture.  The porous texture of the pumice stone allows it to easily grab hairs from different types of fabrics.

a picture of a pumice stone and all the pet hair that was cleaned up using the stone

To use the pumice stone method, gently slide a pumice stone across the surface of your furniture in one direction, removing the hair from the stone as needed as it collects.

Regular Grooming

Regularly grooming and brushing your pets outside is another way to keep pet hair at a minimal inside of your home.  There are many products from shampoos to vitamins that can help minimize shedding.  Be sure to check with your vet to see which ones are right for your pet!

Regularly Scheduled Professional Cleanings

Another good way to stay on top of pet hair and pet smells in your home is to regularly schedule professional cleanings.

At Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa, we specialize in pet stains and odor removal.  As we steam clean your carpets, tile and grout and upholstery, we are vacuuming out as much hair, dirt and grime as we can get.

And with Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, we can make your area rugs look like they’re brand new. Check us out today at Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa or Rug Cleaning of Tulsa and call either company for a free quote.