How to Get Dog Hair out of Carpet, Rugs and Other Soft Furnishings

Have you wondered how to get dog hair out of your carpets, rugs and other soft furnishings?

This blog post is actually for all of you UK dog owners who are tired of dealing with dog hair and don’t know how to get it out.

The process is not complicated, but it can be time-consuming.

You will need a few supplies and some patience before seeing your carpet, rugs and other soft furnishings clean again.

Below we will look at how to get dog hair out of carpet quickly and easily!

How to Remove Stubborn Pet Hair from Carpets

Rubber Squeegees

Rubber squeegees are great for removing dog hair from difficult surfaces such as sofas, bedding, carpet and clothes, as well as your rug. It’s natural gripping properties allow the rubber squeegee to softly rake up the fur into a pile where it can be easily vacuumed off. Another great thing about them is that you will most likely already have one in your home!

Grooming Gloves

Grooming gloves are obviously great for brushing and untangling our pets, but they are also fantastic at removing pet hair from all sorts of surfaces. The great thing about gloves is that you will be able to use your fingers to get into the hard to reach places that your vacuum or other tools could not reach.

Carpet Rakes

Carpet rakes are fairly obvious solutions for embedded pet hair on carpets, but they can also be used on bedding, coats, and other clothing when used softly. Of course, they are a little bigger and therefore more complicated to use on soft surfaces or in hard-to-reach places; however, they are super-efficient!

Pet Hair Vacuums

If your pet hair removal is becoming too burdensome and/or too frequent a task, then consider buying a pet hair vacuum cleaner (such as a Dyson animal hair vacuum). Many people who want to remove dog hair from carpet flooring go straight for the hoover.

Nowadays, there are plenty to be found online, including some that are very low-cost. They are small, and therefore easy to carry around, and powerful enough to deal with stubborn hair. We have an article on the top grooming vacuum attachments here.

Lint Rollers

Lint rollers can be found in any supermarket, are a cheap solution, and offer super easy disposal. That sticky surface pulls up more than you expect! They are easy to use with sweeping strokes; however, you will need to keep rebuying them. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, then you may wish to avoid lint roller options.

Clean Dog Hair with Baking Soda

The baking soda method is an excellent way for animal owners to deodorise carpets, keep them clean, and remove the excess dog hair that creates so many headaches. 

All you will need to do is sprinkle some baking soda over your carpet and let it settle for between ten and fifteen minutes. Then simply run the vacuum over it, and you’ll have a near brand new carpet!

Use a Sponge Mop

A sponge mop is also an excellent tool for cleaning pet hair, both from tile floors and fabrics. Of course, in order for it to work on materials, it’s best to have it dry, then use the broomstick type handle to brush the surface until the hair piles up in one area where it can then be removed. 

Professional Carpet Cleaners Remove Pet Hair Quickly

Professional carpet cleaners, naturally, know to remove pet hair from carpet piles with ease. If you are really struggling with extracting dog hair or cat fur, then it might be time to look for a local expert.

They use both wet cleaning methods and vacuum cleaners and their own tricks to remove hair quickly.

One Preventive Step Equals 10 Remedies

If you really want to know how to get dog hair out of carpets regularly, then a great help is to focus on prevention. That goes for cat hair, wet dog hair, you name it- and here are some great ideas to help you keep a hair-free home.

6 Preventive Measures to Reduce Dog shedding at Home

Have a Hair Resistant House

Although it may sound a little complicated, the best suggestion for pet owners dealing with dog and cat hair is to make their home hair resistant. There are a few ways that you can do this: 

  • Buy a leather couch and seats. If you happen to be moving into somewhere new or have the chance to replace some furniture, no hair will stick to the leather. It can easily be cleaned with a spray bottle full of water and a quick wipe over.
  • Remove any carpeting. Tile, wood and latex flooring are ideal for dog owners. All you need to do is pass a mop or a rubber broom over it to remove cat hair, dog hair, and any loose hair from humans!

Vacuum Regularly

Small jobs like vacuuming regularly are easy to do, will not take long, and will prevent any hairs from getting stuck in your carpet. 

By vacuuming regularly, you will be able to deal with the hairs before they get difficult to reach. 

Now and then, you can give your carpet its deepest clean with some baking soda, fabric softener, deodorising powders, etc., to remove any lingering smells, very stubborn hairs, and sticky residue that can build up.

Use a Deshedding Tool

One of the best ways to really drive down those hair infested areas is to use more than just a plain hairbrush on your four-legged friends. We’d recommend de-shedding tools to any dog owner and cat lover, as they can help to remove troublesome inner fur before they cause any chaos.

Start brushing with a de-shedding tool, too, and you will give your pet’s fur more opportunity to breathe. If your cat sheds a lot, or if you find that your dog struggles with matting, the sharp bristles on a de-shedder will give you ample support.

Check your Dog’s Diet

If you are unsure about your dog’s shedding or the amount they are losing fur, you should contact your vet for more information. Dietary issues can be a cause of hair loss, so consider adjusting their diet a little. Before changing their diet, ensure that your vet approves of the change.

Any dog owner needs to understand that shedding can be a natural occurrence in most dogs, some more than others such as St. Bernards, Labrador retrievers, etc., and in other dogs, it can be a sign of a deeper health issue. Some dogs lose hair due to allergies, sickness, and even anxiety or depression.  Small bumps raising from folliculitis may also arise.

Keep Flea Treatments up to Date

Fleas can also be a sure sign of loss of fur. The itchiness and the discomfort can lead your dog to rip its fur out as they scratch. 

It is essential to keep your flea and worm treatments up to date with your four-legged friends best to ensure their happiness, health, and general well-being! Not to mention protecting your house from excess cat and dog hair! 

If your pet already has fleas, you will need to clean your house entirely to remove any fleas and eggs that could be lying around. 

Groom Daily

Grooming your dog daily, preferably outdoors, will help to remove any excess hair before it leaves their bodies. You can use a grooming glove, dog brushes, or even a basic hairbrush to remove any excess hair. 

Remember not to brush a wet dog, as this could irritate their skin and damage their fur. 

Start your brushing from the front in slow, soft motions, then edge towards the back. Remember to comb their ears if necessary and their legs! 

Do not use any stiff metal bristles on their faces, as a quick movement could hurt them. 

Unusual Tricks to Shift Pet Hair from Carpets & Rugs

The best way to remove dog hair from carpet floors isn’t necessarily an obvious one. If your carpet rake or lint roller just isn’t getting the hair up, here are some other methods to consider.

Try a Balloon

Balloons are a fun and efficient way of dealing with pet hair! The static electricity will act as a genuine hair magnet as you rub the balloon over the fabric. It may not be one of the best methods for efficiency, but it works! It saves fumbling around with a lint roller.

Save Old Rubber Gloves

Any old rubber gloves that you use to work with cleaning products, do the washing-up, or in the garden will be perfect for dog hair removal, and it is a good way of making your household items travel that bit further. Thin latex gloves will do the trick, too, if rubber gloves simply aren’t handy. If all else fails, you can also use wet hands, though you will end up with your hand covered in fur!

Use Flip Flops

Yes – dog hair carpet clearers are on your feet as well as your hands.

The textured surface of a flip flop is great for raking up hair from your carpet, sofa, bed, and clothing. You will be able to make deep piles which can then be removed with the vacuum cleaner. It’s a quick job and offers a similar approach to running rubber brooms over a carpet.

Clean up Dog Hair with Fabric Softener

Fabric softener is excellent at pet hair removal on the whole! The rubber glove treatment above is also a perfect option for recycling everyday household products.

Simply add one part fabric softener to a spray bottle full of water, and spray the solution onto your surfaces. The fabric softener loosens the fibres and will only take a few minutes to work before you can remove the fur by simply wiping it. 

Last Word on the Best Way to Get Dog Hair Out of Carpet

Want to know how to remove stubborn pet hair from carpet floors across your home? Don’t create the problem in the first place – simple.

The key to getting dog hair out of your carpet and other soft furnishings is prevention. You can do this by regularly grooming your pet with a brush, comb or rake that will remove the dead fur before it has time to accumulate on carpets and furniture.

If you already have dog hair in your rugs, we recommend using an upright vacuum cleaner because they can get deep into pile fibres to pull up all those pesky hairs hiding inside the fabric.

To finish off any stubborn strands left behind after vacuuming, use some household cleaning products like soap bubbles or water mixed with vinegar for added oomph! And lastly, don’t forget about regular home maintenance tasks involving steam-cleaning carpets at least twice per year.

Donna Hepburn

Published author, content writer and qualified dog behaviourist I have owned dogs all my life from Boxers, Rottweilers and Akitas, to Staffies and currently a very demanding Frenchie who is harder work than all the others put together.

I had a collar making business for over 10 years and am involved with several doggy charities. I currently live in the northeast and when I am not writing about dogs I enjoy, travelling, cooking and reading.

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