Removing Hair from Your Carpet

remove-hair-carpetThey say that cats and dogs are a carpet cleaner’s best friend. And that’s not just because of the potential for muddy paws, urine spotting, and other canine and feline activities that can occur within the household. There’s a far more common way that these animals can impact your carpeting – with their hair.

That’s right – cats and dogs shed. And their hair is prone to getting deep down into the carpet fibers, making it difficult for even a vacuum cleaner to reach them. Pet hair is part of the reason why it’s recommended that you have your carpets professionally deep cleaned at least once every six months, but what can you do to remove unsightly pet hair between deep cleanings?

Here’s a closer look at this common carpet conundrum and how to solve it.

Removing Pet Hair from Carpet

There are several different ways you can efficiently remove hair from carpet. Here’s a look at some of the most popular:

  • Sponge mop: Yes, a sponge mop. Start by vacuuming the affected areas of the carpet and then lightly saturate a sponge mop with water. Use the sponge mop to go over the hair-heavy areas of the carpet. The mop will act as an agitator and bring the pet hair to the surface. After “mopping” up the carpet, use a vacuum or your hands to remove the clumps of hair that are now at the surface of your carpet.
  • Fabric softener: Mix liquid fabric softener with water at a 3:1 dilution basis into an empty spray bottle. Take the mixture and spray the affected area of the carpet, then simply sit back and wait for it to dry. As the formula dries, the fabric softener works to loosen the hair that’s embedded in the carpet, thereby making it easier to vacuum up.
  • Baking soda: This method is a win-win in the fact that it not only aids in removing pet hair from the carpet, but also serves as a room deodorizer. Start by sprinkling baking soda on the carpet. After letting it sit for a few minutes, vacuum it up. Along with the baking soda, you’ll find plenty of cat and dog hair in your vacuum trap.

Other Carpet Cleaning Tips

While the three methods listed above are simple and effective, there are several other ways that you can remove hair from carpeting. Here’s a look:

  • Static: Static removes hair from the carpet. There are various tools you can use to do this, from a simple balloon, to rubber gloves, to a rubber squeegee.
  • Carpet rake: Agitation is also key not only in removing hair from carpet, but loosening other soil. A carpet rake can help with this. These products can be purchased at most stores, and are safe to run across the carpet to loosen particulates, thereby making it easier for you to vacuum to.
  • Vacuum: A new vacuum cleaner might be in your future if the current one isn’t getting the job done. Specifically, look for vacs that are designed and optimized for pet hair removal. Be sure to do your due diligence and read up on the features of all models that you’re considering.


Like we said in the opening, part of any carpet maintenance should be having them professionally deep cleaned at least once every six months. For more information on removing hair from carpet and on the importance of carpet care, contact us today.

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