An Ask-A-Pro reader writes in wanting to know the best way to get rid of the never-ending, ever-clinging pesky pet hair:
What is the best route to take in order to tackle pet hair during an
interior detail? I have tried vacuuming and using a sticky lint brush, but
in some instances that only seems to put a mere dent in some of the more
ground in pet hair, leaving me scratching my head at how to remove the
remainder. Any tricks from the pro’s would be appreciated. Thanks!
Pet hair has ALWAYS been an enemy of mine in terms of cleaning it all up. It’s like the plague, it’ll be gone for a day or two (if you’re lucky), and by day 3, it looks like you didn’t even spend all afternoon cleaning it all up!
To tackle the problem, it really depends on the nap of the carpet. If it’s supple BMW, Lexus, etc. floor mats, you can generally get away with a lot of elbow grease, without any attachment (or I find the “crevice” attachment works well, too). I stay away from the “brush” attachments as they seem to just get pet hair stuck in the bristles and spread it all around more-so than pick any up. You may also look in to a stiff bristle wire-type brush to get the hair out of the carpet.
Now, if we’re talking about very, very short nap, rough, carpet (like found in trunks), the only thing I have found to work is a rubber brush with rubber bristles. It will still take hours to get it all up, but the rubber is sticky when using it along the carpet and it will help “pull” it in to a sort-of pile that makes it easier to vacuum it up.
If all else fails, they actually make huge lint rollers that can be found at large box stores that are designed to remove lint from upholstery. I haven’t tried it on carpets and floor mats, but it works great on the couch and bedding!
I hope this helps answer your question, to some extent.
If you have any other questions, comments, please don’t hesitate to ask below!