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How to Remove Pet Hair from Your Car

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How to Remove Pet Hair from Your Car

Read our tips to learn how to remove pet hair from your car

If you’re a dog owner, you probably love nothing more than seeing your furry friend’s excitement when you announce it’s time to go for a ride. For some dogs, a car ride is the best thing in the whole world, no matter the destination. But while those rides might fill you with joy at the sight of your pup’s goofy grin, you’ll be filled with something else when you come to vacuum out your vehicle. Pet hair has real sticking power, and it can be a huge pain to remove. But there’s hope; it can be done! Just follow our tips and your car will be pet hair-free in no time.

Vacuum Thoroughly

It sounds like a no-brainer, but vacuuming is an extremely important step when it comes to removing pet hair from your car. Your home vacuum will do—or, if you don’t have an outlet nearby your car, you can head to the nearest car wash armed with a bunch of quarters and use one of theirs. Vacuum once, then go over the seats with rubber gloves on your hands to persuade the more stubborn hairs out of hiding. Then, vacuum again to make sure you’ve gotten as much hair as possible.

Use Static Power

Even after a thorough vacuuming, dog hairs can still remain on your car seats and carpets. In order to persuade them off your upholstery, you’re going to have to use some static, either by rubbing a dryer sheet over the fabric, or a damp cloth. This will help loosen the hairs, and you’ll be able to get them off using a lint brush or a stiff-bristled brush. If you prefer, you can use the static power of a balloon to achieve the same end.

Get the Hairs Wet

When pet hairs are dry, they become surprisingly clingy. Wet your hands, and wipe your seats and carpet down, which will cause the hair to gather and stick to your hand. Avoid getting your hands too wet though—the idea is to moisten the dog hairs to make them heavy (and therefore easier to remove) rather than to soak your seats for the next poor soul who rides in your car with you.