How to remove pet hair from upholstery
Ah, Pet Hair. It is the bane of every pet owner’s life. It gets absolutely everywhere, and it looks horrendous too! Here we are going to run you through a couple of tips with regards to how you can remove pet hair from upholstery quickly and easily.
If you are removing small clumps of hair then you will need nothing more than the palm of your hand and some water. Firstly, you are going to need to wet the palm of your hand. Then you can press down firmly on the pet hair and brush downwards. This will cause the pet hair to form into a ball and simply fall off. This isn’t a technique that you are going to want to use for larger areas, but more often than not you will not need to do this anyway.
If you are afraid that the piece of upholstery will be damaged by water then you can do something else. We suggest that you wear a latex glove and brush downwards in the same way. If you are lucky you will find that the pet hair will start to stick to the glove, and again, it is going to roll off pretty quickly. You can even inflate a balloon and use the static electricity to pull the pet hair off. It is actually pretty fun to do it this way. Of course it is going to be a little bit cumbersome if you need to remove a good chunk of pet hair from large surfaces every single day.
If you find that the pet hair is still a little bit difficult to remove using the above methods then we suggest that you spray a little bit of fabric softener onto the area first and leave it to rest for a couple of minutes. You will find that this makes your job of removing the pet hair a great deal simpler.
Many people suggest that you use some sort of sticky tape, such as scotch tape, to remove pet hair from your upholstery, but we warn you to be careful with this technique. You see, if you use sticky tape on certain fabrics you eventually might damage the upholstery. This is why we recommend the previous methods as the risk of actually damaging the fabric are very low.
Whilst these are all fantastic tips to remove pet hair, they might not do wonders if you have to clean large areas or if your pets shed a lot of hair. Then you may want to look into other methods. Perhaps one of the best suggestions we can give you is to invest in a good pet hair vacuum cleaner. As you can probably guess, they are designed specifically for this job, which means they are going to eradicate pet hair pretty quickly. They also work wonders on carpets, rugs and even your clothing. Here are some suggestions for the best pet hair vacuum cleaners.
Top Pet Hair Removers
BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum – Best Pet Hair Vacuum
This handheld vacuum is specifically designed to remove pet hair around the house. It features washable HEPA media filter, two specially designed nozzles, 16 foot power cord so you can reach all the areas and weighs less than 4 pounds. It is small, but powerful “must have” tool for all pet owners. One small issue that we would like to mention is that the air exhaust vents are positioned on the sides of the vacuum cleaner and may blow around some lose dust/hair on hard surfaces. But after considering all pros, cons and low price we find this to be one of the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair. And in case you hate cords, there is a similar cordless version of BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser available.
Scotch-Brite Fur Fighter Hair Remover for Upholstery
If you are looking for something simpler and smaller than a vacuum cleaner you might want to consider Scotch-Brite Fur Fighter Hair Remover. It works great on your upholstery in your home or car. It has no problem removing embedded hair as well hair along the seams and between cushions. The kit comes with the pet hair removal tool and 36 refill sheets which should last you for a while.
Another product that works great on pet hair is good old lint roller. Yes, you can pick one up at the dollar store, but we recommend getting a brand name product to make sure it does not damage the material and last longer. We particularly like Scotch-Brite Lint Roller for a few reasons. The handle is sturdy so it will not break off, the sheets tear off easily and correctly and they last for a long time.