After a ride in the car, your pet hops out happily while the seats are left looking like you gave a lift to a family of Yetis. Pet hair and car seats just don’t mix well.
The ultimate problem is that if you have a pet that sheds, there is always heaps of loose hair just waiting for the right moment to fall off.
And when your dog or cat rubs itself on the car seats during a bumpy ride in the car, all that static energy causes that hair to stick to the upholstery.
Also, car seats are often covered with coarse materials that are durable, but unfortunately, they also let pet hair cling tightly on the surface.
Even the floor mats in your car may be made of materials that can be a nightmare when you have pet hair floating around. These materials can be useful for many reasons, but as a pet owner, you know that they can be challenging to clean when it comes to pet hair.
Although this is a frustrating problem many pet owners face, there is hope. The key is to
- Have the right equipment for removing pet hair
- Protect your car from pet hair
This is what you need to do:
The right equipment for removing pet hair from your car
First of all, you need to have the right equipment for removing the pet hair that ends up on the seats and mats of your car. The internet is full of gimmicks like using rubber gloves or squeegees for this purpose, but these tricks don’t work the way you want them to.
If you need a quick fix, then any sticky or rubber-coated item may help you remove some of the pet hair. But if you own a car and a pet that sheds, and you want to keep your car clean, then you shouldn’t rely on lousy advice.
There are only two tools which really will help you deal with all that pet hair.
1. Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
The number one solution for pet hair in your car is to invest in a handheld vacuum. They are not that expensive, and it will solve your problem quickly and efficiently.
But make sure you don’t just buy any handheld vacuum. There are many brands and models out on the market, but only a few actually have what it takes to wipe out pet hair. If you buy a cheap and inefficient hand vac, you will be disappointed, because it won’t have the power that is needed for removing pet hair from challenging surfaces. However, if you find the right one, you will be the happy owner of a pet hair-free car.
What you need to look out for is
- powerful suction
- motorized brush roll tool
- crevice tool
- adequate runtime
- large dirt cup
You might also want an extension hose and other attachments to make the vacuum more adaptable and easier to use.
A cordless vacuum is easier to handle, but you will have to make sure the runtime meets your expectations. Although 10-15 minutes may not sound like a long time, it is often more than enough for giving your car a quick cleanup after a ride with your pet.
The most important tool for pet hair is the motorized brush roll attachment. Because car seats and mats are challenging surfaces, you need powerful tools to remove the hair that has been embedded into the surface. Because the stiff bristles of the brush roll are able to dig deep into the surface, they are also able to remove all the dust, dirt, and pet hair providing a deep clean.
A handheld vacuum is the absolute king when you’re looking for a tool that can get dog and cat hair out of your car.
2. Lint Rollers
Lint rollers are not as effective as vacuum cleaners, but they remove a lot of the pet hair that is on the surface and has not been ground into the material. Just run the lint roller over your seats, and the sticky surface will be able to grab most of the hair.
You should always keep a couple of lint rollers in your car. They are your go-to item when you need that quick cleanup on the road, and you don’t have your vacuum at hand.