Once you’ve invested in a luxurious carpet, you’ll want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible – but if you’re a dog owner, you might find this is easier said than done. While short-haired dogs tend not to shed much, longer-haired breeds can cause thick carpets becoming embedded with hair even if you vacuum regularly – and this can be a real problem if you pride yourself on keeping a clean and tidy home.
Luckily, however, there are a number of tried and tested methods you can use to keep your carpets free of dog hair. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best methods for getting dog hair out of your carpets, allowing you to enjoy time with your furry friends without fretting about the mess they cause.
1. Lint Rollers
Before you try any of the more expensive measures for combating dog hair, consider using a humble lint roller. These simple tools can be bought for just a couple of pounds and will remove any hairs as you roll the sticky surface across your carpet – but bear in mind that this is a time-consuming method, and not best advised if you want to remove hairs over a large surface.
2. Fabric softener
If vacuuming your carpet isn’t removing as much dog hair as it should, try spraying the carpet with a mix of fabric softener and water. Leave the carpet to dry, then try vacuuming it again – the softener should loosen the hair from the carpet, allowing the vacuum to remove it more easily.
3. Fur remover brooms
Many pet shops sell rubber brooms specifically designed for picking up hair. These allow you to effectively remove hair from your carpets without even needing to bend down – and they are designed for use on multiple surfaces.
4. Grooming Gloves
Although they are designed for grooming the pets themselves, the dimpled surface of a grooming glove is just as useful on floors that are covered in hair, efficiently collecting up mounds of hair with minimal effort.
5. Rubber gloves
Yes, you read that correctly – one of the simplest routes to a hair-free carpet is an everyday pair of household rubber gloves! Moisten a pair of rubber gloves with water and you can remove most dog hair relatively easily. Then simply use your vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining hair.
6. Baking soda
A light sprinkling of baking soda is a cheap and cheerful way of getting rid of excess dog hair, as well as removing unpleasant odours from the room. Simply sprinkle some baking soda across the area you wish to target, leave to settle for a few minutes and then vacuum.
7. Professional carpet cleaners
If all other methods have failed, a professional carpet cleaning service will rid your carpets of hair using eco-friendly techniques that won’t damage your carpet and aren’t harmful to your pets. Taking an average of just 20 minutes to clean a living room carpet, a professional carpet cleaning company provides an effective and reliable way to get your carpets back into excellent condition.
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