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 page about removing pet hair from furniture.
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May 10, 2010

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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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!

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Source: I got this tip from Martha Stewart.

By Tamsy from TX

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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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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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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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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.

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This also helps to remove the pet dander that falls off with the fur.

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July 14, 2009

How do I get dog hair off furniture?

By Christine from CA

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July 15, 20091 found this helpful

My fur baby sheds like no tomorrow. A friend of mine runs a house cleaning business and she uses a rubber glove. Put it on, rub in different directions and viola! instant fur remover. Works great on my carpet areas where Panda lays the most.

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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!

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Cristy from Molalla, OR

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By Jean from Mississippi (Guest Post)
October 1, 20070 found this helpful

Use a clean, stiff-bristled scrub brush. Scrub awhile, pull the hair off the brush, and continue.
I've found this works much better and faster than any vacuum.

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October 1, 20070 found this helpful

Try masking tape or a lint roller. The hair sticks to the tape, and won't harm the leather.

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By Kathleen (Guest Post)
October 2, 20070 found this helpful

Use rubber gloves in conjunction with the vacuum. Put on the rubber glove. Wipe with your hand. The hair will roll in clumps. Vacuum.

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October 2, 20070 found this helpful

Try taking a soft hair brush, (the old-fashioned kind with the bristles close together & fairly soft work best) And simply "Brush" your couch, seams & all... This should work. I also use a 6 inch "Scrub brush" (the type used for household chores) with sturdy/stiff bristles from the dollar store to "brush" up cat hair from my furniture. A brush will get into groves & smaller places where tape wont. Clean the brush often (with a comb) while you are doing this or the cat hair will go right back onto the couch.

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Finish with duct tape or contact paper when you are done "brushing" your couch.

You can also try one of those hand held small contraptions with rollers that roll together that remind you of the old stand up "Bissell sweepers"... but they only work on the high spots, for the small groves, you'll need a small child's hair brush or a toothbrush for the REALLY small areas. Be sure any brush you use is soft enough so as to not scratch the leather.

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October 3, 20070 found this helpful

I use a rubber sponge made specifically for this purpose. They are available in the pet supply section at most grocery stores (I got mine at Meijer), and at Pet stores. It looks sort of like a brick, but is made of dense rubber material. You just rub it across the area and it rolls up all the pet hair so that you can pick it up and throw it away. Works great on decorative rugs and furniture.

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

Thanks so much for the wonderful response from everyone. I am trying them all! I really like the "toothbrush" tip. since the cushions do not remove, this will be the easiest to get down between the cushion and the arm of the couch.

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I also bought one of those rubber brushes. I haven't been back out to finish the job yet because of kids (5 of them) and school volunteer stuff. plan on getting back to it today sometime. Thanks a bunch everyone!

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By Patty (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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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 Siegl

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September 15, 2010

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 Pires from Porto, Portugal

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April 25, 2010

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

By Aspen from Denver, CO

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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 mellie

Cleaning Pet Hair From Furniture and Floors

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

By Phillip

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July 14, 2009

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

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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)

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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
(03/28/2005)

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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, 2009

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?

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