How to Remove Short Dog Hair From Carpets

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How to Remove Short Dog Hair From Carpets
Short dog hairs hide in carpet fibres. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

One of the more unpleasant facts of dog ownership is that your house, furniture and person will inevitably be covered in dog fur, unless you own a breed that does not shed. Dog owners with short-coated dogs, like pugs, are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to pet hair removal. People with longhair dogs, like the lhasa apso, can practically pluck dog hairs from their carpets without so much as a hint of effort. Shorter dog hairs stick to carpets and hide in carpet fibres, making them a nightmare for pet owners to remove.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Balloon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Broom
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Grooming brush

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  1. 1

    Rub a balloon over the carpet. The static electricity draws at the short dog hairs, causing them to stand on end.

  2. 2

    Wear a pair of textured rubber gloves. Moisten the tips and run your fingers along the carpet. The rubber parts the fibres of the carpet, making it easier to get to the shorter hairs. The moisture clumps the hairs together.

  3. 3

    Dampen the tip of a clean broom. Sweep your floor with the broom -- the agitation created by a broom is different from that of a vacuum and can stir up short dog hairs.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet. Cover the fibres of the rug with an even coat. Rub the baking soda into the carpet with your feet, grinding it down. The baking soda attracts the dog hair using static electricity. In addition to making it easier to vacuum up dog hair, baking soda also removes odours.

  5. 5

    Vacuum your carpet. Use a brush or rake attachment on deeper piled carpets.

  6. 6

    Brush your carpet with a brush made for dog grooming. Since the brush is made to remove hairs from the dog, it picks up hair differently than other types of brushes.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove hair from your dog before it ever reaches the carpet. Groom your dog regularly as recommended by a veterinarian or professional dog groomer. Use a shedding tool or grooming blade to remove hairs that are shed but trapped in the dog's coat.
  • Test dog hair removal techniques on an inconspicuous spot of carpet before using them on the whole rug. Moisture can damage some fibres, like suede, while brushing and agitating delicate fibres like velvet or velour can cause irreparable damage.
  • Speak to a professional carpet cleaner if you are unable to remove a satisfactory amount of dog hairs from your carpet.
  • Short, roughly textured dog hairs can stick to carpets by virtue of their stiffness. Spray carpets covered in dense hair with a 1:3 solution of liquid fabric softener and water prior to vacuuming.
  • No method of dog hair removal is 100 per cent in removing short dog hairs from a carpet. Use a combination of methods and be persistent. You may need to repeat treatments in order to see results.

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