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Dog hair removal technique

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Here in Utah lots of people love to haul their dogs around to the mountains, but this has presented a problem detailing their cars. How do you remove dog hair from the interior of the car?  Reflections Detailing of Utah has found an improvement to some of the best detailing methods out there.

I’ve struggled with removing dog hair from clients cars; it’s a pain in the butt to get out. The worst is out of fabric seats, as the little hairs weave themselves into the fabric, even more so is in the carpets of cars. I’ve tried using latex gloves on my hands to help grip and massage out the hairs in the seats, and on the carpets too. While that works pretty well on the fabric seats, you tear up your gloves on the carpets…..its also faster than just using a vacuum, but it’s still slow going. I’ve tried duct tape, but it’s a pain to use.  For carpets I have found that using a fine grain pumice stone really helps, but you can’t get aggressive with the stone on the carpet. While Detailed Image doesn’t carry these stones, you can get them at a beauty supply store.  They use them for scraping the bottom of peoples feet to grind off the hard calluses.  Check out the video and see how easy it is to remove the hair.

Cheers,

GREG

Greg Nichols Reflections Detailing
Greg Nichols
Reflections Detailing
Logan, Utah
Reflections-Detailing.com

31 comments on Dog hair removal technique

  1. Mark Graham says:

    that is a pretty neat idea, i used to use just a crevice brush and some elbow grease! or even a small rough brush.

    • Greg Nichols Greg Nichols says:

      Thanks Mark for the kudos. The speed at which I can gather the hair is amazing.

      Cheers,
      GREG

      • Art Kuczka says:

        Recently my lab mix passed away and I decided to clean the cargo area behind the seat in my GMC pickup. I was trying to figure out what to use then noticed his old hair brush, the kind that had metal times on one side and stiff bristle on the other. I used the bristle end of the brush and was successful in removing probably 90% of the hair. Then I used a damp cloth to get most of the remaining hair. What was left came out by using a service station vacuum cleaner.

  2. Nathan Hoekzema says:

    Holy Smokes! That is awesome! Great tip, Greg.

    • Greg Nichols Greg Nichols says:

      Yes when I first came across this idea I was like “no that sounds like a flute” I gave it a try and was hooked!

      Glad you like Nathan.

      Cheers,
      GREG

  3. Great tip Greg! Hopefully I won’t see any more vehicles with pet hair in them but if I do I’ll be sure to try this out! ;)

  4. Kevin Kellie says:

    I use a spray bottle with half water half liquid fabric softner..this takes the static cling out of the hair and then I just vacumn the hair up..works well..

    • Greg Nichols Greg Nichols says:

      Kevin,

      I’ve tried that method, while it works pretty well, for hair that gets woven into the carpet and not just sitting on top, the stone works fast. The nice thing about this method is you don’t have any residue left behind, if the stone “sheds” that is vacuumed up with the hair.

      Cheers,
      GREG

  5. Great advice Greg…thanks for sharing with us!

  6. Ron Ayotte says:

    My wife have three dogs ( two Lab/Spaniel mixes and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), I am well versed in the” fine art of dog hair removal”…

    I have special brush and grooming mitt that I use for dog hair.both have rubber “fingers” that gather the dog hair. I use the brush and mitt to gather the hair, then simply vacuum it away like shown in the video clip. I use the brush on cloth upholstery and the mitt on carpeting.. works like a charm!

    • Greg Nichols greg nichols says:

      Ron,
      Yes their are rubber pet brushes that work with varied success, I’ve tried most. The difference for me is the speed it which I can clean ground in and woven in hairs on carpets….the stone works.

      cheers,
      GREG

  7. Kody says:

    Great tip Greg! Is it safe to use the stone on cloth seats (old and new)as well?

    -Kody-

    • Greg Nichols greg nichols says:

      Kody,

      Like most tools they are as only safe as the user. I’ve used it on cloth seats, but I don’t press down very hard. For most seats if you wear a latex glove that that has a safer margin. I suggest you get comfortable with it on carpets first and get a “feel” for it. I have used it on the older truck seat covers that are pretty tough material when the hairs get woven into the fabric.

      Cheers,
      GREG

      • Kody says:

        Thanks Greg! With some of the thinner cloth material they are using for seats now I think someone would have to be very careful to use the stone on them. I look forward to trying this technique on carpet.

  8. Kim Smith says:

    Wow! Great idea Greg. Thanks.

  9. Eric Schuster Eric says:

    I never would have thought about that…awesome

  10. Nate says:

    Glad to see you share this with the masses. This is what we use at work ;) Crevice brushes are still best on edges near hard surfaces, but the pumice stone is, without doubt, THE tool for pulling hair from carpet fibers.

  11. kleen Machine says:

    hi Greg ,in the uk we use this rubber block which is stippled all the way round and square shaped,rub it over and it removes the pet hair and then u juat vacuum it up

  12. Paul S says:

    Found the stone at wal-mart and loved the way it worked on carpet. I’ve got a Golden Retriever and a German Shepard that shed like crazy. I still prefer the rubber dish gloves on cloth seats and furniture. Thanks for the tip.

  13. Roger says:

    I have a Dalmatian and it seems like their hairs have barbs in them LOL. This is one reason I wish white interiors were easier to find. It seems like the vast majority of car interiors are black.

    Will the blue nitrile gloves work as well? The gloves and pumice stone are the two things I haven’t tried and it looks like they work for most everyone. Lots of good tips here!

    I’ve used high power vacs like the Rigid, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser, extra large lint removers from Evercare, duct tape. They all work but it usually takes a combination of methods. The Pet Hair Eraser has an attachment with rubber nibs on it and that actually does a decent job for it’s size. It is a noisy vac and generates a lot of heat though. Not bad for a cheap vac though. The filter does clog and needs to be cleaned often though.

    • Roger says:

      Paul,

      The rubber gloves work amazingly well on cloth seats. I need to try the pumice stone on the carpet after seeing that impressive video. Getting dog hair off fabric seats is often difficult, but the methods mentioned here really help. Running the vacuum more often, before the hair gets woven into the seats, helps too.

      While pet hair removal is easier with leather seats, a dog can cause a lot of wear and tear on leather seats!
      And the softer the leather, the faster it will get torn up!

  14. Shweta says:

    I have been going beserk looking for a way to remove fur from my car and this seems faster enough. While i dont have a vaccum cleaner to drag down to my car i think it can be picked with hand too once the stone works out the magic. Neat. Thanks

  15. Scott says:

    From an American on the other side of the pond in Finland….. You Sir, are my freaking hero! I would’ve never thought of this, but after spending 3, 4 hours in the back of cars in the land of dog lovers, I figured there had to be a better way. OMG….. The results are night and day. Kittos (Thanks) for the tip.

  16. Greg Nichols greg says:

    Shweta and Scott

    Its great you find this useful!

    Cheers,
    GREG

  17. Nathalie says:

    Where do you buy a fine grit pumice stone? I am having trouble finding a fine grit one.

  18. Rebecca says:

    I use a roller called the Chom Chom. It’s reusable and it’s the best thing I’ve tried so far for hair removal.

  19. Greg says:

    So happy I came across this message board. I have a Grand Cherokee, and a German Shepherd. We like to take her camping and around town every chance I get. My wife and I also don’t brush her regularly, which has finally caught up with us.

    The back of the Jeep, the floor mats, the nooks & crannies – were covered in her hair after 4 years of shedding. I began to think “If I sell this car…how can I explain the dog hair?” The hair started to overflow into the passenger seats, and when the windows were rolled down – dog hair hurricane!! It became embarrassing, and I bought a canvas cover to lie on top of the back area, as a quick fix. I also tried to vacuum it with a Dyson DC-14 Animal, use various brushes, and sponges. All to no avail.

    I now have a job that requires me to pick up folks from the airport. Knowing that they would have to put their luggage in the cargo area – it was time to face the music. I grabbed some rubber gloves, a bottle of fabric softener, and a pumice from the dollar store and went to work.

    In seconds I noticed that the hair was clumping up. I didn’t even break out the fabric softener or gloves; the pumice worked wonders. It took all of 90 minutes to rejuvenate my Jeep. It feels fresher and its no longer something I worry about.

    THANK YOU!!!

  20. Nikota Anderson says:

    I have a white dog and all black interior. My back seat carpet looks like a furby. I cleaned&detailed today for 6 hours…. 3 of which was spent vaccuming. At the end of the 3 hours my car…looked like it needed to be vaccumed. I decided to see what I could find on Google. I will be buying a stone in the morning. If it works as well as it appears in the video, you may have spared my dog from riding in the trunk from now on. She thanks you& so do I. Genius

  21. Marcus says:

    this is great info….I had no idea how to remove dog hair…thanks!

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