There are so many reasons dogs are called “Man’s best friend”. They are loyal, comforting and emotionally supportive. In between those wagging tails, sloppy kisses and furry hugs – they are the ultimate form of companions.
That said, taking care of them is no easy job – Especially when it comes to cleaning and removing pet hair from cars.
Fret not, in this is article; we’ll be covering a few handy tips and tricks that will surely make cleaning your car upholstery much easier.
You start cleaning your car interior with a healthy dose of vacuuming. There are many vacuum cleaners that specialize in removing pet hair. Following this step will make your entire cleaning process much easier.
Here are a few tools that will help you efficiently clean your car. Granted you won’t need all of those, but knowing all the tricks will surely come in handy.
Rubber gloves – like those bright yellow or lime green ones you use in the kitchen – are one of the most common tools to clean your car seats. Get the ones with nubs for grips. That will help you clean those hard-to-reach places very easily. You can either use it dry or wet to wipe down your seats and carpeted areas.
Velcro Curlers can be used to just brush or run over an area to collect the stray leftover pet hair in your car. The “curls” on the Velcro are ideal for cleaning car upholstery and the tight corners and spaces around it. Try out a curler in a corner before using it and make sure the fabric does not snag or pills while cleaning.
Sounds unbelievable, right? In reality, an inflated balloon has the ability to attract stray pet hairs. It’s because of the static electricity at play, the balloon collects any hair from a surface which can be later wiped clean. Do note that an inflated balloon is not a great option for removing embedded hairs or those stuck on crevices.
It’s said that Duct Tape can solve 99 problems and you’ll be glad to know that removing dog hair is one of them. It works same as a lint roller using the sticky part to grab hold of any pet hair on your car, clothes or any surface you can think of. You can get creative and fold to reach those nooks and crannies. Just press and lift!
If you’re looking for a cost-effective and reliable way to remove pet hair, then using a Pumice Stone is your best choice. However, you need to make sure that using it doesn’t damage any of the fabric in your car’s interior.
Here’s what you need:
- A pumice stone,
- Spray Bottle,
- Small Bucket,
- & Fabric Softener.
Using the Pumice stone with a fabric softener will loosen all the hair and will dampen the coarse qualities of the stone. Just use it on the surface in one direction. After a few swipes, just dip the stone into the water bucket and get rid of the debris.
Using a pumice stone and a fabric softener solution will also freshen your car’s upholstery.
If you’re adverse to using water inside your car, then go for using Dryer Sheers. An unused, fresh sheet is capable of removing pet hair from any surface of your car. It’s as simple as running the sheet over the seats and flooring. The dust and pet hair will automatically get picked up.
A Wire Brush
If you haven’t cleaned the insides of your car and can see those stubborn hairs lying around, then getting a Wire brush is your answer. It works as best as using a Pumice Stone and it’s cheap and effective too! Many users use a wire brush as a finishing touch to make sure that no hair or dirt is left over in their car interior.
Squeegees are the best! It’s an effective multi-use tool that can be used to clean any flat surface. The rubber blade will catch hold of any hair, dirt, grime and make your car sparkly clean. There are various sizes available to your needs and they are dirt cheap! Its reusable and a must have for every household with pets!
Handy Prevention Tips
Truth be told, there is no sure-fire way to permanently prevent pet hair from getting inside your car. As a pet owner, you have to live with the thought that your car will get dirty and you will have to clean it periodically.
However, there are a few tips you can follow to minimize the work.
Brushing your Pet
Brush your pet before you let him inside the car. A thorough brushing will not only remove the loose hairs from your dog but will also make him look well groomed. Just vacuum the leftover hairs and you’re good to go!
Buy a Seat Cover
Buy a seat cover, period. It’s one of the most popular tips that many dog owners follow. The cover will protect your seat from muddy paws, dirt, pet hair and more! Just remove the cover and put it in the wash at your convenience.
Confine your Dog to a Specific Area
If you keep your dog contained in a specific area of your car, the “hair problem” will get much easier to handle. You will have to clean that specific area where your pet frequently stays. A harness for cars and crates for 4WDs and Trucks are excellent choices to keep them restricted.
Following these cleaning and prevention tips will not only save a ton of time but allow you to enjoy and be more liberal with your pet.
On with the road trip with your doggo and stay worry-free from any pet-related troubles and accidents.