How to Easily Remove Pet Hair from Carpet and Upholstery

9/25/2012

Meet Slash. Slash is a golden retriever. If you weren't already aware, goldens (as they're affectionately called) have long hair. It's beautiful. It's also messy.... Very, very messy. I love Slash dearly, but he's a real pain in my rear with his constant shedding. It's a neverending battle to keep my house clean with his tufts of fur rolling down the (hardwood) hallway, and the strands of hair getting all over the kids' clothes when they're playing on the floor. It doesn't matter if I just vacuumed or not; you're going to get hair on your clothes with Slash around.

If you have pets, whether they're long-haired or short-haired, I'm sure you can sympathize. You may have tried everything you could think of, purchased every product on the market (I bought a $200 vacuum because it was marketed for hairy pets), but to no avail. So, when you hear about I'm about to tell you, you very well may fall over. Brace yourselves, friends! You'll never believe what works....

A simple window squeegee will remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery!

You heard it here, folks. It doesn't even need to be a fancy squeegee — just one that's comfortable for you to hold, and bonus points if it has a long, detachable handle.

I'm not going to lie and tell you it's quick and easy. It is definitely easy, but it is not quick. While it is time consuming, it's extremely effective at getting the job done. I purchased my squeegee from Dollar Tree, which goes to prove my point that cost is not a factor in function.

How to Easily Remove Pet Hair from Carpet and Upholstery — a Modern Mrs.
Since the squeegee has a soft grip, it's gentle to use on most upholstery, such as sofas, arm chairs, car upholstery, and the like. Of course, if you have super fancy furniture (which I hazard a guess you don't since you have pets), you might want to test this method on an inconspicuous area first, just to be safe.

Remember the long, detachable handle I mentioned earlier? Since I had to go around a large room on my hands and knees, scraping my carpet in relatively small sections, I found myself fantasizing about how much quicker (and easier on my body) doing this would've been had my squeegee had a longer handle. If you plan on doing this on a large carpet, find a long handle. Duct tape a broom handle onto yours if you have to... You'll be glad you did.

Will you be trying the squeegee method on your carpets?

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4 comments

  1. What a great idea! I have a dog and a cat, so I can really relate to the "tufts of fur rolling down the hallway" so I am going to give this a try on my furniture.

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  2. I will definitely be trying this; my couch is so hairy I'm about to throw it. Hopefully this trick will help it last a little longer 'til I can afford a new one!

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  3. I have not tried the squeegee approach. I have a reusable roller called the Chom Chom that I got on Amazon. I'd tried a lot of other methods and this tool works the best for me.

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