I grew up with cats. Not because of a preference. That just seemed to be what was always wondering around the house and yard. This was before “inside cats” seemed to exist. Ours went everywhere.
When I got to college, I got my first dog and that’s all she wrote. I always loved the family cat, but dogs are so much more personable. (sorry cat people, we’ve all seen the memes about a cat planning to take over the world.)
Our latest dog is shaping up the be a great pet. She started out getting car sick. (a cleaning topic for another post.) Now that she’s a year old, she love to ride in the car. With that comes two things. Nose prints on the glass AND dog hair.
If you’re like most people who travel with their pets, then the first few hours of driving are filled with excitement until it becomes evident that your animal friend has dumped pounds worth of fur everywhere inside and outside on car. This can be an extremely difficult task which requires plenty patience as well as some products designed just for this purpose.
Good news! There are numerous ways to get rid of all those dog hairs in your car!
We have compiled this list with some helpful tips and tricks, which will leave it looking fresh out the wash. Now you can go on drives without worrying about pet fur getting everywhere or marking up whatever surface is close by (like human seats).
Here are 10 ways for removing animal dander in cars – let’s hope these work well so that soon enough there won’t be even one hair left behind when driving around town.
#1 Prevention is Better than Cure
The most important step is to regularly groom your dog and vacuum the car often. This will help to remove any loose hair before it has a chance to accumulate. Also, before you let your pet in the car, it’s a good idea to brush their fur. This will help them stay clean and relaxed during the car ride.
#2 Use Velcro Lint Remover
If you have a cat or dog, then the pet hairs on your car are going to be something that always seem difficult. The best way I’ve found so far is by using velcro lint removers! It may sound like more work but these lint rollers never lose their grip and can stick firmly in one spot where as duct tape often slides around making removal very challenging sometimes even if there isn’t anything else pulling at it too much. Plus since they’re not permanently stuck down below unlike tapes which need constant replacing after every few uses – this will save time each week while still keeping things clean inside out vehicle. And they’re cheap. Keep one in each car and do it when you have some time to kill.
These work by rubbing one direction where the velcro can pick up the hair. Then when it’s full, just rub the other way with your hand or a towel and it comes clean. Repeat and repeat until the bulk of the hair is gone.
#3 Use Damp Sponge
Another method is to use a damp sponge or cloth to pick up as much hair as possible. Start by wetting the sponge or cloth with warm water. Then, gently run it over the surface of the carpet to lift up the hair. Focus on one small area at a time so you don’t miss any hair. When you’re finished, dispose of the hair-filled sponge or cloth in the trash.
#4 Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner
You can also try using a pet hair vacuum cleaner, which is specifically designed to remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery. These vacuums usually have strong suction power and special attachments that help to lift hair from surfaces.
To use a pet hair vacuum cleaner, start by attaching the appropriate attachment to the end of the vacuum hose. Then, turn on the vacuum and run it over the surface of the carpet. Focus on one small area at a time so you can be sure to remove all the hair. When you’re finished, empty the vacuum bag or canister into the trash.
Dragging a full sized vaccum to the garage, driveway or street can be a pain so I opt for a cordless hand vac. Bissell makes a popular one with a motorized brush tool, upholstery tool, and crevice tool.
#5 Shampoo Carpet
If you have a lot of dog hair in your car carpet, you may need to shampoo it to deep clean it and remove all the hair. You can either rent a professional carpet cleaning machine or shampooer from a store, or you can use a home carpet cleaning machine.
To shampoo the carpet, start by vacuuming it thoroughly to remove as much hair as possible. Then, mix the shampoo according to the manufacturer’s instructions and apply it to the carpet with a sponge or brush. Let the shampoo sit on the carpet for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer before proceeding to the next step.
After the shampoo has had time to work, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove all the moisture from the carpet. You may need to go over the area multiple times to make sure all the moisture is removed. Once the carpet is dry, vacuum it again to fluff up the fibers and remove any remaining dog hair.
#6 Use Seat Covers and Floor Mats
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of dog hair in your car is to use seat covers and floor mats. Seat covers will protect your upholstery from hair and dirt, and they can be easily removed and washed when necessary. Floor mats can also help to keep your carpets clean and free of hair. Consider using both seat covers and floor mats if you have a dog that sheds a lot.
#7 Try Using Balloons
If you have a light shedding problem, you may be able to simply use balloons to remove the hair from your car carpets. Blow up a balloon and rub it over the hairy areas of the carpet. The static electricity from the balloon will cause the hair to stick to it. You can then pop the balloon and dispose of the hair. This method may take a few tries to work effectively, but it is worth a shot if you don’t want to invest in a new vacuum cleaner.
#8 Use Duct Tape or Lint Rollers
Another way to remove dog hair from your car is to use duct tape or lint rollers. Simply wrap the tape around your hand with the sticky side out and run it over the hairy areas of the carpet. The hair will stick to the tape and you can then peel it off and throw it away. Lint rollers work in a similar way, but you will need to use several sheets of lint paper to remove all the hair.
#9 Use Wire Brush
If the above methods don’t work, you may need to resort to using a wire brush. This will likely damage the carpet, so it is not a recommended method unless you are willing to replace the carpet. To use a wire brush, simply run it over the hairy areas of the carpet and the hair should come up.
#10 Try Fabric Softener
Another method that you can try is to use fabric softener.
The fabric softener you use on your clothes is the perfect solution for removing pet hair from cars, too!
Fabric Softener contains ingredients that are specifically designed to loosen and remove dirt. So it makes sense why we can use this same concept when cleaning our own vehicle – just substitute “dirt” with ‘hair’. This will help scrubbing away at any unwanted deposits before they have time get stuck deep within pores or under seats where normal vacuuming won’t reach them.
To use, simply add a cup of fabric softener to a bucket of warm water and mix it around until it is completely dissolved. Then, take a sponge or clean cloth and soak it in the mixture before wringing it out and scrubbing at the hairy areas of your car. Rinse the area with clean water when you’re finished and admire your work – fabric softener leaves behind a fresh scent, too!
There are a countless ways that you can try to get dog hair out of your car carpet, and the best way will likely depend on the severity of the problem. For light shedding, you may be able to simply vacuum up the hair with a regular household vacuum cleaner. If the shedding is more severe, you may need to invest in a pet hair vacuum cleaner, which is specifically designed to remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery. You can also try using a velcro lint remover to remove the hair, or you may need to shampoo the carpet to deep clean it and remove all the hair.
I guess you always start out as a car kid. Smokey and the Bandit, Corvette Summer, Bullitt, Ronin, etc. Throw in a massive match box car collection and add time. I’ve always been drawn to interesting cars. I’ve also always owned used cars, so detailing and some light wrenching were always on the list. My hope is that we can share some knowledge of the do’s and don’ts learned along the way. Be sure to share your own knowledge in the comments!