How to Remove Hair from Carpet
Vacuuming is undoubtedly a vital part of every household cleaning routine as it removes dust, dirt, and allergens from the carpet; however, there is more to carpet cleaning than just vacuuming. Professional carpet cleaning companies recommend getting your carpets professionally cleaned every six months to ensure that stains are removed and the carpet fibers receive a deep cleaning.
However, if you own a pet, you know that shedding is a daily occurrence. While vacuuming removes the hair near the top of the carpet, these five tips will help remove the hair that is embedded deeper within the carpet, which will keep your carpet fresher in between professional cleanings.
While it might seem counter intuitive to use a mop on a carpet, a sponge mop can actually be a great way to agitate the carpet. Lightly dampen the sponge and scrub the carpet. The agitating motion will loosen the pet hair and bring it to the surface. Either vacuum the hair or remove it by hand. Tip: Be sure the sponge is damp and not soaking wet.
Alternatively, use a microfiber cloth to achieve the same result.
Fill a clean, empty spray bottle with liquid fabric softener and water. Use a 3:1 ratio, spray the carpet, and let it dry. Once it is thoroughly dry, vacuum the carpet.
Use the power of static
Rub a dryer sheet (or even a balloon) on the carpet to round up the hair. Vacuum as normal.
Generously sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let it settle for a few minutes. Vacuum thoroughly. Bonus: the baking soda deodorizes the carpet, which is especially good for any areas of the carpet with urine stains.
Like the sponge mop technique, a carpet rake works by agitating the pet hair, and is a handy tool for cleaning carpet. Once again, vacuum the carpet after agitating it with the rake.
Regardless of which tip you use above, a high-quality vacuum is your best bet to improve your carpet cleaning routine. Carefully research models that are geared towards pet hair removal. Following these tips, in conjunction with a powerful vacuum, will keep your carpet clean between professional cleanings.