As a professional car detailer, I have detailed hundreds of cars and I have been asked many times “how to get dog hair out of my car?!”
Australian’s love their pets and taking them out is an essential and fun part of our lives. I myself have an Australian Sheppard (Archer) who I adore and he comes everywhere with me!
So I wanted to share and review with you the best tools to help you remove pet hair from your cars.
Below is photo of what the tools look like:
- The vacuum cleaner. Obvious first choice for many and it is the best way to start. Get as much loose hair out of the car as you can so that the next few tools will be easier!
Now choose any of the following for step two but remember to have your vacuum running so that you can suck up the hair as you go:
- A half blown up kids party balloon. Remember at the kids party there is always a dad trying to show the kids how to stick a balloon to the ceiling by rubbing it against his hair? Well if you rub the balloon firmly on the areas where there is pet hair, static will draw the hairs from between the fibers and they will stick to the balloon. Simply pull them off or suck them up with the hoover as you move along. Yes its that easy and you may probably have a few balloons around the house somewhere too.
- Rubber pet hair brush. The brush is similar to a hair brush only the bristles are made out of rubber. Simply use this brush by rubbing the rubber part along the areas of pet hairs. The rubber will grip the hairs and remove them from the upholstery so you can vacuum them up as you move along.
- Rubber washing up glove. Again this may be something you have in your home you could use. Put on a standard rubber washing up glove and use the palms of your hands and the finger tips to rub the areas which will pull the hairs from the upholstery. This method lets you get into those hard to reach places like between the seats etc.
- Sticky Roller. This tool is great for getting any lose hairs off the fabric but that is about it. The tape continually needs to be ripped off which takes a lot of time and wastes a lot of material. Also I have found that the hairs do not sometimes stick to the tape effectively enough for them to be removed. It works well for a quick solution though.
- Pumice Stone. Using a pumice stone can be effective but can also damage your interior fabric. It can be used on the carpet areas like the foot wells and mats but not on the upholstery of the seats. The stones are rough and sometimes flaky meaning that you may have to do more vacuuming to get the pumice bits out of the car.
- Fabric Softener. Mix up a small amount of fabric softener and water in a spray bottle and lightly apply to the areas. This will help softener the hairs so that you can pull them out using any of the above 4 points. Beware if you do not have a wet and dry vacuum then this method is not advised.
These methods are five that I have tried and tested in many cars. Some of the methods have worked better than others at different times so finding out which one is best for your car and the type of pet hair you have is a little bit of trial and error.
My favorite method is the third. When using the rubber washing up glove it is fast and very effective. You can get some cheap gloves in any home ware store -the cheaper the better the glove usually is too! The only thing is that you may burn through the fingers and they can tear. I usually go through one glove per car.
Enjoy and thanks for reading!!