A dog is man’s best friend, and some pet owners value their dogs more than they do people! Owning a dog is an extremely rewarding experience. However, it does not come free of cost or effort. For those who love their cars just as much as their dog, the predicament can be a rather taxing one.
Depending on the breed of the dog, the amount of hair shed on car seats and carpeting can vary. But getting it out of your car is easier said than done. Here are some tips and tricks that should help you the next time you have a dog in your car.
DIY Hacks to Get the Dog Hair Out Of Your Car
Even with precautions, unruly dog hair can still get onto your car seats, arm rests and door pockets, especially if your pet takes regular rides. Here are a few things you can do to make cleaning up easier:
- Spray a 1:1 mixture of water and fabric softener over the areas you need to clean. This will loosen the fur from your car seat. Then, wipe or brush the area off with a paper towel or a rubber brush. Once the area dries, you can round out the job by vacuuming with a rubber bristle head (these heads are much more effective in attracting the dog hair to the vacuum).
- Use Rubber Gloves. Regular kitchen rubber gloves or specialized gloves such as a grooming and de-shedding glove will work wonders with your upholstery. De-shedding gloves also work as a grooming tool. Pet your dogs with gloves before they enter the car and you won’t have to deal with as many hairs.
- Lint Brushes and Curlers are easily available at home. These are great for cleaning off loose fur.
- Vacuum Cleaners: Regular vacuuming can help, but there are a number of specialized vacuum cleaners that are designed specifically for pet hair removal. These have bristles and brushes that are made from rubber that can effectively pull fur off your car seats.
Prevention is Better than Cure
A few of the most effective preventive measures are:
- Use a pet carrier whenever transporting your dog. Keeping the carrier fixed on the floor or strapping it onto a seat with a seatbelt will ensure the dog’s safety and prevent the carrier from sliding or rolling over.
- If your dog isn’t used to being cooped up during a ride, consider covering the seats and flooring of the car. Spread sheets or newspapers so the dog hair does not stick to the car’s upholstery. The sheets can be washed and cleaned more easily than your car.
- Give your dog a good brushing before they enter the car. This will reduce shedding, and you won’t have as much to clean up.
If you have more than one pet, it’s a good idea to stock up on household tools that help keep your car, clothes, and home free of dog hair.