Removing Pet Hair

Trying to remove pet hair from your cars interior can be a real chore, the hairs work their way in to the fibres of the upholstery and can often seem impossible to remove. Thankfully though there are a few techniques and items than can be used that will vastly decrease the time and effort it takes to remove them. The first step to successfully removing pet hair is to vacuum off any loose hair, you shouldn’t worry about trying to remove ingrained hair at this stage but just ensure that any loose and easily removable hair is vacuumed up.

This simply helps to give you a head start on the next stage and will prevent an excess of hair from being moved around the interior and disturbed later on. There are a vast range of pet hair removal tools available today ranging from brushes to sticky implements but the kind that is most effective is a rubber type brush.

These tend to look like an average handheld brush but instead of normal bristles there are a number of rubber nodules that grip onto the hairs and effectively pull them out from the fibres of the upholstery. After vacuuming up any loose hair the designated tool should be used to remove the ingrained pet hair. Begin working from the top areas of the upholstery moving downwards.

Try to work one panel at a time, draw the tool down across the surface over and over until the hairs are pulled out from the fibres. You should be left with an accumulation of hair at the bottom or end of the area you have been working. Before moving onto the next area you should vacuum up the accumulated hairs you have just removed to prevent them from moving around the interior.

Depending on the kind of carpets and mats your car has, a rubber removal tool may not work as well on them as it does on the seating and other areas of the upholstery. Instead, it may be more effective to use a stiff bristled upholstery or detailing brush to agitate the pile of the carpets & mats, which will help to open them up and lift the hairs out. The area should then be vacuumed to remove the loose accumulation of hair. If you cannot use a designated removal tool then a good way to pull hairs out from the fibres of the upholstery is to use rubber washing up gloves.

Simply put one on and after vacuuming up any loose hairs work your hand from top to bottom or side to side over the area. The rubber glove will have a similar effect as a rubber brush tool and will grip on to the hairs effectively pulling them out. You can use this technique in conjunction with a bucket of water to rinse off the glove after working each section to remove any excess hair that may be stuck to it.

After removing the ingrained hair ideally you should re vacuum the interior to remove any stray hairs that you may have missed or moved around as you were working. A crevice tool type attachment should be used as this provides the best possible suction and can reach into tight and awkward areas. By using these methods to remove the ingrained pet hairs you should be able to vastly decrease the amount of time and energy it takes to perform the task.

Daniel Curtean