For most loving pet owners there are sometimes situations when you may get on each others nerves, I’m sure most pet owners who like to take good care of their car as well as their pet have spent at least one Sunday morning scrubbing at their trunk vigorously while cursing their pet! Good news for you because by the end of this article you will have a good understanding on how to remove pet hair in a car and you can be assured that it is not going to happen again!
Pet hair that has stubbornly become part of your carpet and upholstery can be immensely frustrating because no matter what angle you come in with the vacuum or no matter what product you use they just won’t budge! Car detailing isn’t always laughs and smiles but this was always the one thing I dreaded when cleaning my own car but my goal today is to simple it down to a few quick steps to get the job done.
How To Remove Pet Hair From Your Carpets & Upholstery
So, you have tried vacuuming, wiping, washing with a cloth and your efforts have been in vain, why? Most commonly people keep their hairy little friend in the trunk with the idea that putting them in the trunk will prevent the hairs from loitering in the seating section of your vehicles, which is true but what many people fail to realize is that the fibers of your carpet and upholstery found in the trunk is a lot tougher than that of the rest of your car, this means they are often a lot more reluctant to release the pet hair simply by normal vacuuming, this calls for some thinking outside the box but to save you the thought and time I have some prepared methods for you.
Method 1: The Rubber Glove Method
For this method you will need;
- Bucket of clean water.
- A pair of regular rubber gloves.
- Rubber pet hair brush.
- Vacuum cleaner
I’m sure you have already tried vacuuming many times before to no avail but firstly before we start this method it’s a good idea to give the area with pet hair a quick vacuuming with the narrow attachment so we can try to remove as much hair as possible beforehand, having completed this move onto the steps below;
Step 1: Dip your glove into the bucket of water long enough for the glove to be completely soaked, the idea of this is when the rubber material of the glove is combined with water small light materials such as hair stick to the glove like glue!
Step 2: Using your wet glove wipe it along the carpet in a sweeping motion, starting at one corner and working your way across to ensure that all the hair has been removed because you don’t want to stand back at the end to find out you have missed some spots!
Step 3: As more and more hair sticks to the glove remember to dip it back into the bucket of water so that you aren’t trying to clean your carpet with an already hairy glove!
Step 4:Now with your vacuum in hand, grab your rubber pet hair brush (or use your glove) and begin to brush the remaining clumps of hair into the mouth of your vacuum cleaner.
- Repeat the process as needed.
Your carpet should now be clear of hair but if for some reason you still have some unwanted hair continue onto the 2nd method.
Method 2: The Power Of Static!
For this method you will need;
- A balloon.
- Bucket of water
- Pair of rubber gloves.
- Vacuum cleaner.
So when I said we have to think outside the box I meant it! The power of static electricity can be extremely effective at removing the materials that a vacuum simply can’t, I’m sure you can all remember being a child and rubbing a balloon against your head until it sticks to your hair? Well it’s the same principle here although this time we want the hair to stick to the balloon. If there are elderly people close by it might be a good idea to let them know that you’re using a balloon to avoid any sudden fatalities!!
Step 1: Inflate your balloon and begin rubbing it on your carpet, you should see the hair collecting on the balloon.
Step 2: Just like your rubber gloves, you can dip your balloon into the bucket to remove the hair.
Step 3: Sadly, balloons just don’t remove all the hair directly, but what does happen is the static created by rubbing the balloon against the carpet actually helps lift the hair and free them from the weaves of your carpet.
Step 4: Now you can choose to either grab your gloves, dip in the bucket and sweep the excess hair together and feed it into the vacuum OR if you have a rubber bristle brush attachment for your vacuum you can simply vacuum over the carpet and finally pick up all the hair that was stuck in your carpet for all this time.
You’re carpet and upholstery should now be spotless and hair-free! Repeat the process as you feel necessary until you have the results you desire.
What Products Work Best?
The good thing about todays’ guide is that it really does not cost a lot to rid your vehicle of pet hairs and other similar materials, less than £8 could buy everything you need to follow these methods which isn’t always the case when it comes to detailing as I’m sure you know!
How To Prevent Pet Hair
Although you now know how to remove those stubborn pet hairs I highly doubt it is something you will want to do all the time so here are some tips to avoid getting hairs stuck to your carpet and upholstery in the first place;
- Brush your pet thoroughly before driving with your pet.
- Place a blanket underneath your pet so at least if the hair falls onto the blanket it is so much easier to clean and will save you a lot of time.
- Finally, you can always use a travel carrier so that your pet will not be shedding any hair on either a blanket or your carpets saving you even more time!
Let Me Know How You Get On!
I always want to hear how you get on with your detailing, I hope this article has provided you with all the answers you were looking for and I hope that you achieved the results you had desired. Make sure to drop a comment if you have any experience using these methods or if you have any other experience or questions I’m always here to help.