Pet Hair Cleanup Tips (and Tricks)
When the lint roller just can’t get the job done while trying to remove pet hair from upholstery and carpets, here are a few tips to try (most will work well for detailing your vehicle as well):
- Wrap clear packing tape (or wide masking tape, duct tape) loosely around and across your hand (sticky side out) then wipe/pat down furniture and areas where your critters tend to hang out. Works well on clothes too. It aint pretty but it works.
- Mist area well with water, then briskly brush hair together into a pile and garbage–vacuum. Use a stiff bristle brush for this, the stiffer the better.
- Try a thick, dense sponge. Look in stores for special cleanup sponges–they need to be quite dense to work best. They’re about $5 or $6 and can be washed and reused over and over again.
- Wear rubber gloves and wipe, pulling everything together in a pile. Regular yellow, dishwashing gloves, rubber gardening gloves or surgical rubber gloves work well for this. Wash and dry the gloves, then get at it again. Vacuum up the piles you accumulate with the process.
- Wipe down upholstery or fabric surfaces with a dryer sheet.
- Try a good, portable wet vac.
- Take a spray bottle, give two good squirts of Downy and fill the rest of the bottle with lukewarm water. Shake to mix well, then spray area. Let dry and vacuum. This seems to help with carpets.
- Spray with Static Guard, dry then sweep, vacuum or sponge the area.
Bucketful of warm water and a splash of Murphy’s Oil Soap
- Wet a sponge with the water, squeeze to release excess then wipe area in a circular/rotating motion. Don’t use the sponge dripping wet. Rinse dirty sponge in a bucket of water, submerge again in the Murphy’s Oil Soap water and repeat process until everything is picked up.
When all else fails:
Put on your favorite, nicest pair of black slacks or your most expensive, cute black dress and walk through your house. Voila! Hair from miles around will be on them ;).
Here’s a neat trick for cleaning the brush:
- Instead of throwing out nylon stockings that have a run or two in them, cut them into strips that will cover the head of your dog’s brush. Carefully place the nylon strip over the pins and pull down until the pin heads poke through.
- Brush your cat or dog and when the grooming job is done, just pull off the strip of nylon and all the collected fur will come off with it.
This will work on bristle brushes or slickers (the kind with the straight steel pins).
Remember: Occasionally dip and whisk the brush around in a dog shampoo/water solution then rinse to wash out dirt and oils collected. This will help keep the brush clean.