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Removing Pet Hair from Furniture

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Pet hair can be quite a nuisance and can be difficult to remove from fabric or microfiber couches, chairs, and other furniture. This is a guide about removing pet hair from furniture.


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May 10, 201015 found this helpful

Removing pet hair from any cloth surface is easy if you use a damp washcloth. Wipe cushions or clothing in one direction only and the hair will lift off. You can also try a damp sponge mop to remove pet hair from your carpets. Again wipe in one direction only and the hair will just pile up and can be easily picked up by hand.

Source: Dog Fancy Magazine

By Teri from Tionesta, PA

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May 21, 20112 found this helpful

Yes Teri! I discovered this by accident back always. I've got a chair with a velour-type cushion our long-haired manx has taken a liking to, and just a simple pass or two with a damp cloth of any kind can make all the difference! If I let it go too long between "swipes" I just go over it a little more. Slightly damp works fine--cloth or sponge or even paper towel will collect the hair in one spot and I must say picking up the hair after it's been dampened even a little is much easier than trying to catch all the flying dry hairs!

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July 9, 2013

A rubber window washing squeegee attached to a long pole is an excellent way to pull pet hair from carpets. I have two in different widths. The narrow one does stair treads and can be used to reach confined spaces, the wide one makes short work of the open areas. I've a third one for furniture.

Source: My brilliant husband!

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July 13, 20130 found this helpful

I just tried this on a tiny space on my carpet. (I vacuumed it yesterday, and I can't believe how much hair I got out of my carpet. I didn't do the whole thing yet, but I just experimented to see if it works, and it did a fantastic job. I have one dog, and she sheds like crazy (glad she's the only one I have, with all that hair I got up). Weezy

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May 26, 2008

To remove pet hair, use a plastic gloves from the dollar store, 10 pair for $1.00. Place one glove on your hand. Sweep the area with the glove. Hair will all ball up and be easy to pick up. Reuse the glove as many times as you need to. I have 5 cats and one Chihuahua. It works great!

Source: I got this tip from Martha Stewart.

By Tamsy from TX

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March 24, 20160 found this helpful

It works!!!

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October 6, 2008

To remove cat hair from your furniture, take a damp sponge and brush it one way across the fabric. It helps ball up the hair and you can pick it off the sponge.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 16, 20080 found this helpful

I use a sponge that has a scrubbing side dry. Moving the scrubbing side in one direction. Hair balls up and falls right off!

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October 7, 2011

A dry sponge, such as those designed for kitchen use or for washing a car, is an excellent magnet for pet hair on upholstered furniture. Just rub the sponge across the furniture and pet hair clings to it like magic.

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September 30, 2011

I was mopping my wood floors one day and discovered this tip by accident. When I was through mopping, I noticed excess hair on the sofa and edges of the couch.

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May 16, 2012

Use 2 inch duct tape or masking tape. Either wrap the tape backwards around your hand or lay out a strip 6 to 12 inches and place on what area you want to remove the hair.

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October 7, 2009

To remove pet hair from all upholstery try a stiff scrub brush. The brush picks up the fur, remove it from brush and go again. A lot cheaper than anything else I've ever used.

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July 29, 2013

Vacuum each section thoroughly to remove as much of the loose pet hair and dander as possible. Simply attach the upholstery attachment and suction the hair from the surface. This also helps to remove the pet dander that falls off with the fur.

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July 14, 20091 found this helpful

How do I get dog hair off furniture?

By jsclgreen from CA

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July 15, 20091 found this helpful

As keeper60 said "...and she uses a rubber glove. Put it on, rub in different directions and viola! instant fur remover." Works like a charm. I use regular old bright yellow cleaning gloves.

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July 17, 20091 found this helpful

I use the sticky roller and it works really well, but, if the rubber glove works, it would be much cheaper! Hope you get it cleaned up and God bless you.

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September 30, 2007

How do I remove cat hair that is deeply embedded throughout a couch, in the seams & everywhere. The couch is high grade aniline Leather. I bought the set at a garage sale. It had been stored/uncovered in a barn for a year. It looks great, but there is cat hair everywhere and my vacuum isn't getting it all. It's really sticking to the cloth sections that connect the seat and back cushions together (cushions are NOT removable). Help! I can't bear to bring it into the house unless it's hairless & odorless too!

Cristy from Molalla, OR

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 3, 20070 found this helpful

I use a rubber sponge made specifically for this purpose too. I have 4 cats and use rubber dish washing gloves to clean my sofa and chairs. The hair rolls up fairly well and I just keep rubbing till its all off. Good Luck!

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May 8, 20080 found this helpful

One word: duct tape. Cut strips of duct tape and lay the sticky side down on the material, pushing the page gently with your fingers. Pull off and voila! On to the next strip...This works great when company is coming.

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October 26, 2011

What is the best way to get dog and cat hair off of my clothes, the furniture, etc.?

By Susan P.

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October 26, 20110 found this helpful

Wide masking tape or duct tape. Roll around your fingers and dab your clothes.

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October 26, 20110 found this helpful

Use a link roller! Works like a dream.

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November 2, 2011

We bought a royal blue couch at a thrift store, and it seems to be made of wool or some similar fabric. The problem is that I have two dogs and a cat, and the pet hair on that solid color is very noticeable (our previous couch was leather, and I didn't have to do anything to keep dog hair off of it).

I am looking for tips on how to keep this couch looking good. I have tried the the pet hair lint roller thingies, but I go through so many of those sticky sheets per day and still don't seem to get all the hair off. I feel like I need to do something else to get the majority of the pet hair off and then maybe finish off the job with a pet hair/lint roller. I also tried a wet sponge, which was great at getting the pet hair off, but small pieces of the sponge were being left on the couch, which I then had to try to remove. It just seems that there's got to be a better way than what I am doing. Got any suggestions?

By Tina

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November 3, 20110 found this helpful

What works for me is a rubber glove. Simply put the glove on your hand and brush the hair off the couch. We only have one short-haired dog, and it works great for us. Hope it works for you, too!

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September 15, 20100 found this helpful

We've all had problems with the hateful cat hair spread all over the house especially at sofas, chairs and pillows. And it's hard to eliminate them!

A little bit by accident, I found a good way to eliminate them without great effort and very effectively. And just going to need one tool: latex gloves.

Just put on some latex gloves and pass your hand over the surface that has the cat's hair. This will form a "ball" helping the removal process and making it easier and faster.

By Orquidea from Porto, Portugal

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

What is the best way to remove pet hair from leather furniture that has a lot of static cling?

By Aspen from Denver, CO


Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

Try using a slightly damp paper towel or the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. I have a vinyl couch and both of those work really well. (03/26/2010)

By pinkmellie59

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

Use a dryer sheet. (03/27/2010)

By Phillip

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July 14, 20090 found this helpful

To quickly remove pet hair from your upholstered furniture. Slip on a surgical glove (you can find them at the Dollar store) and rub the hair briskly in a circular motion. It will gather up and you can remove it by picking it up or take a piece of wide shipping tape, and use that to pick it up once you have gathered it together with the glove.

By Harlean from AK


Removing Pet Hair from Clothing

To get pet hair off carpet, clothes, etc., try using a rubber glove. It's a great hair and lint remover. If the hair still won't come off, then try a slightly damp towel and "scrub" the rug with circular motions. A lot of hair comes up then.

By Lisa T. (09/30/2004)

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Animal Hair Pickup

If you have a dog or cat that leaves hair all over your furniture, don't worry. All you have to do is dip a sponge in some warm water mixed with a small amount of glycerin and wipe it across the areas. It will take the hair right off.

By Robin (01/27/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Pet Hair

If you have pets in the house and are having a problem with pet hair on the furniture take a damp washcloth and wipe the furniture down, this will remove the pet hair.

By Flanagan

By ThriftyFun

Remove Pet Hair From Furniture and Clothing

To remove pet hair from clothing or furniture, rub article with clean fabric softener sheets. This removes hair and also brings a great smell to the article.

By Rose (10/03/2005)

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May 20, 20090 found this helpful

What is the best way to clean up pet hair off wood floors and leather furniture without just moving in around into the air to settle back later? I was told that the Dirt Devl Broom Vac was the way to go. Does any one have any suggestions other than putting the pets outside.

Wendy from Wisconsin


Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

If you have a dog and a toddler, I'm sure you are extremely busy if your life is anything like mine. I have 3 dogs in the house as well as 2 cats, who of course, all shed. I bought the Roomba Discovery Robot Vac and it is amazing! Someone else told me about it and I figured I would try it, if it didn't work, I'd take it back. I wouldn't part with that thing for anything now! I press the start button in the morning and at night and it runs around the house and cleans for me. Yep! Under the couch, table, chairs, etc. It goes around the dogs and the cats, wont fall down the stairs and does rugs as well as tile/wood/vinyl floors. Once a week I do a good clean in the corners, etc., but this machine keeps my pet hairs to a minimum on the floor so I don't confuse the kids for the pets who used to get so covered in hair it was hard to tell them all apart. (Make sure you get the white/gray one and not the first model which was red). (11/06/2006)

By Lorrie T - Marmora

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

I have three dogs, two shed terribly. I have wood and tile floors so the hair finds it's way under the furniture and in corners. I use the vacuum cleaner tools to suck up all the hair and dirt that they bring in. I usually see enough hair to pick it up by hand. I don't allow my dogs on the furniture so we don't have that issue. (12/10/2006)

By Anonymous

cleaning pet hair out of carpet

I was tired of the hair in the carpet and looking for other methods of getting the hair out of the carpet. I was actually at Walmart the other day and found this electrostatic rubber brush that you can use on the floor and use it as a brush on the dogs and it picks the hair up really well and its very inexpensive. (01/24/2007)

By Crystal

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

This post is to Melanie. I just used your trick with Downy fabric softener and water. It worked great. I bought a van off a woman and there was so much dog hair in it I didn't know how I'd clean it. Thanks for the tip (08/11/2007)

By Matthew

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

Do you own a pair of water walks? They are textured rubber soled slippers you use around the pool or boat. I'm from Florida and we use them for gardening, beaching and biking. They are very inexpensive at places like Walmart, etc. Usually only $3-8.

I wear them when I vacuum and if I have a hair patch that won't vacuum up, I just run my foot over it and the rubber bottoms work like a static rake and pull the hair from the carpet fibers so it can be easily vacuumed up. I promise, it works - AND no more crawling around on hands and knees with a rubber glove. It's good exercise, too! I still use a rubber glove on the furniture which is very effective. And a pet glove daily on the cat. Good luck! (03/11/2008)

By Sheri

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

Eureka makes a wonderful little (light!) hard floor vacuum called The Boss. It's yellow, and I got it for $20 at Target. I used to use a Swiffer on my wood floor and kitchen, but this sweeps up hear hair so easily. It weighs maybe 3 lbs and compacts down so i can even keep it under the sink. Best thing I ever bought for pet hair! (12/06/2008)

By Corgi Owner

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

I have three cats that live in our finished basement. We have a sectional sofa that the cat fur sticks to like glue. A vacuum can begin to lift that hair. I tried a shed comb and that still didn't work. Then finally I found the solution to getting that deep down stuck fur out of the fabric. Take a damp rag and rub it vigorously on the fabric. It will lift all the fur. It helps to have a hand held vacuum on your hand when you to it to suck the removed fur up and away. (01/10/2009)

By Bill

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

We have a German Shepherd mix who sheds horribly all over the carpet and vacuuming just was not picking it all up. I tried using our pin dog brush and it worked wonders on our carpet. (02/12/2009)

By Michelle

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

Try the "Hairyhog" vacuum cleaner attachment. It's great. Good luck. (02/16/2009)

By dunno

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May 26, 20080 found this helpful
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November 5, 20060 found this helpful

I have a question for anyone who deals with pet hair stuck to the furniture/carpets. How do you pick it up? I have tried the sticky rollers with no luck, I have tried a brush on the carpet and no matter how much I pick up, there are still a lot of hair.

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