Car rides with our furry BFFs are one of the best perks of being a dog owner. But once the adventure is over, we have to deal with the often-difficult chore of removing the stubborn evidence of our pet’s presence: dog hair on the floor, on the upholstery and somehow, in spite of gravity, even on the ceiling. Wondering how to remove dog hair from the car so you can have a fresh-looking interior ready for another exciting family ride, four-legged members included?
Instead of being caught up in an hours-long painstaking process, here are a few tricks that will make getting the dog hair out of the car a breeze.
Brush your dog before the car ride
Although there is no fool proof method to completely avoid dog hairs finding their way straight to your car’s upholstery, you can significantly diminish the amount by getting the brush out before inviting your pet into the car. Remove any loose hairs and you’ll have a much easier job at the end of the ride.
Rubber gloves are your ally
The unassuming kitchen gloves are not only great at protecting your hands when cleaning around the house. They can also help you get rid of the hairs stuck on your car’s upholstery. Fur will cling on to the rubber material so you can easily form clumps that can be swiftly removed. Experiment with both dry and wet gloves and see which option works better for your dog’s hair type and the fabrics making up the interior of your car. The good news is that you can also try out special mitts designed with the same principle in mind. It turns out rubber truly is a great material for bringing dog hair removal at your fingertips. A good tip is to make sure that you wipe your car’s interior in one direction only.
Get the Velcro curlers out
Wondering how to get dog hair out of the car? Velcro curlers are probably not the answer you were expecting, but it’s an effective trick worth trying. Test it first on a small area to make sure it doesn’t damage the fabric, and if successful, you can start rolling the Velcro curlers on the surfaces you want to clean. All that pesky dog hair will be gone in seconds.
Duct tape gets even the most stubborn dog hair out
Very similar to the way lint rollers work their magic on our clothes, duct tape can do the same for our car interiors after a dog’s visit. As always, try it out on a small area to make sure the duct tape’s adhesive is not too strong for the material your car’s floor and upholstery is made of. If there is no damage, keep going and soon your car’s interior will look like new.
Fabric softener comes to the rescue
It’s always great to discover new uses for products you already have in your home. Fabric softener is another handy trick helping you remove dog hair from the car. You’ll need a spray bottle and a few teaspoons of fabric softener mixed with water, but all you need to do is spray it on the surface you want to clean. This mixture will help loosen any dog hair stuck in the fabric. The fur should come off easily as soon as you start wiping it with a paper towel. Don’t hesitate to get your trusted vacuum cleaner out for any stubborn hair that has managed to remain embedded in the fabric.
Let balloons work their static magic
For hair that hasn’t yet settled into the fabric of your car’s interior, the static electricity of an inflated balloon will do wonders. Just run it on the surface that has acquired the loose dog hairs you want to get rid of and watch how quickly the balloon collects the fur, leaving the upholstery looking fresh and clean.
We hope you’ve found our tricks for removing dog hair from the car useful. And, don’t forget, prevention also plays a big part in how easy the job will be. Using covers for your seats can go a long way, as well as using a harness for your dog to keep the area you’ll have to clean at the end of the car ride as small as possible.
Another tip that will help you prevent a lot of dog-related chores is making sure your pet is okay traveling in a car. Find out more about how to prevent dog travel sickness with our handy article, next.