How To Effectively Remove Pet Hair From Carpets

Pet Problems Are Unavoidable

As pet owners, there are just some things that we have to accept about our pets. Some of them are minor inconveniences: a dog who likes to lick and slobber too much, a cat who likes to scratch wooden furniture. While these problems can be easily rectified, there are those that we just have to live with, like the issue of pet hair.

Dog Lying on CarpetPet Hair Issues

If you have furry pets at home, then you’ll know that their fur can get all over the place. This is worse if you have carpets, since the hair strands can get intertwined with the carpet fibers thus making it harder for you to remove them (even if you use a vacuum cleaner).

Getting Rid of Hair From Carpets

But fear not, there are various ways with which you can remove stubborn pet hair from your carpet. Here are some of the things that you can use:

1. Adhesives

If you’re trying to remove hair from smaller rugs and carpets, then use a plain old lint roller instead of a vacuum. Don’t have a lint roller? Then wrap some cheap duct or packing tape around your hand (with the sticky side facing outwards) and softly dab it on the problematic areas of your carpet or rug.

Do take note that this method works best for small cloth items like pillows and clothing, and isn’t really advisable for full sized carpets.

2. Rubber Squeegee

This might sound crazy but did you know that rubber squeegees- such as those you would commonly find on the back of window cleaning tools- are excellent pet hair removers? The rubber attracts the hair from the carpet, without leaving residue behind (like in the case of adhesives). Simply stroke the carpet with the squeegee while applying constant pressure, and the hair strands will stick to rubber right away.

For easier cleaning, stroke the carpet with the squeegee in a circular fashion, while gathering the hair in the middle. This makes for easier cleanup with a vacuum cleaner.

3. Rubber Gloves

If you don’t have a rubber squeegee lying around, then use rubber gloves! They work just like squeegees. Even better is the fact that gloves can be used to clean hard-to-reach places like corners and around the sides of furniture. Just make sure to use a pair with a textured surface (e.g. those with the small bumps on the finger pads), because these textured areas will act like a broom that can help you rake out the hairs from your carpet more effectively.

4. Dedicated Pet Hair Vacuums

Ordinary vacuums have a hard time cleaning out animal hair from carpets, but dedicated pet hair vacuums can get the job done easily. Popular vacuum brands like Dyson and Hoover now have specially manufactured pet vacuums that range in size from full-sized units to handheld ones. This is a sound investment if you have a lot of furry friends at home.


Cleaning up the hair left by your pet from your carpets shouldn’t be a headache. With just the right tools, you’ll be able to prolong the life of your carpets and maintain a healthy environment for you and your loved ones- including your own pets.

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