How To Get Dog Hair Out Of a Car Carpet & Upholstery?

As a dog owner, I’m sure you will agree that dogs are amazing, BUT dog hairs are exactly the opposite.

Dog hair seems to be able to cover every surface on your home and car and then get firmly embedded or stuck onto any surface no matter how often you try to get rid of them!

So in this post, we will share our advice on how to get dog hair out of your car as easily and effectively as you possibly can.

How to Remove Pet Hair from Your Car Step by Step

Let’s get straight into the advice.

  1. Remove All Easy to Clean Items from the Car
  2. Remove Any Lose Hair and Dirt
  3. Loosen Up Embedded Hair with a Stiff Brush
  4. Vacuum the Car Interior with a Vacuum Cleaner
  5. Remember to Move Seats Backwards and Forwards As You Go
  6. Try Using a Fur-Zoff on Any Stubborn Areas
  7. Invest in Dog Seat Covers to Save Yourself from Doing All This Again!
  8. Regular Grooming Makes a Big Difference

Now let’s look at each of those suggestions in detail and see how it can help you get rid of dog hair from your car’s carpet and upholstery.

Remove All Easy to Clean Items from the Car

Step one is to make things easy for yourself.

Remove any clutter, trash, seat covers, foot mats, headrest covers, blankets, dog beds, toys, etc., out of the car.

You can clean them away from the car where you have more room, and you can make sure that none of the hair you get rid of stays inside the car.

Don’t worry if you find stubborn dog hair in the mats or covers. We have plenty of tips coming up to help you out with that.

Remove Any Lose Hair and Dirt

The next step is to remove any loose hair, dust, and dirt easy to get rid of.

We suggest using rubber gloves (the static electricity from the rubber actually attracts the hairs) and using some car detailing brushes for the really tight spots.

If you do not have any car detailing brushes, you can check out these on this link…


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Loosen Up Embedded Hair with a Stiff Brush

One of the big problems with removing pet hair from car seats and carpets is that it gets really ground in and embedded into the fabric.

So if you just try to vacuum it out, it won’t work, and you will waste time and effort (trying but failing).

So we suggest you use a stiff brush to loosen up the dog fur before vacuuming.

Don’t use a wire brush; it can be too rough and may damage the fabric, but a coarse brush with nylon bristles is fine.

If you want to get this done really quickly, you can buy brush attachments for battery drills.

They are a great invention and can save you loads of time on your car cleaning jobs.


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Vacuum the Car Interior with a Vacuum Cleaner

Obviously, one of the most effective tools for getting rid of hair from your car upholstery is your vacuum cleaner.

If you can use a purpose-built one that is handheld, can cope with lots of pet hair, and has plenty of power, that’s ideal.

If it has a motorized brush attachment, then that would be even better.

We recommend this model from Shark, and you can take a look on this link…


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Remember to Move Seats Backwards and Forwards As You Go

When thinking about how to get dog hair out of the car, it is important to remember that one of the laws of the universe is that dog hair gets EVERYWHERE!

So as you remove dog hair from your car, it is essential that you do not miss any areas.

Slide cars seat backward and forwards, lift steering wheel columns up and down,

Try Using a Fur-Zoff on Any Stubborn Areas

What is a Fur-Zoff? A Fur-Zoff is a dog hair remover tool, it looks just like a pumice stone, but actually, it is made from recycled plastic.

It sounds like a weird thing to try use to remove dog hair from your car seats and carpet, but it actually works really, really well.

Click on this link to find out more about the Fur-Zoff…


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Buy Dog Seat Covers to Save from Doing All This Again!

Most dog owners having to spend an hour two to remove dog hair from your car is not the most fun you could have!

So why not buy some car seat covers to save yourself a lot of time and effort?

In another post, we reviewed these car seat covers from Duke Dixie Pet in much more detail.

But in a nutshell, this set covers your front and back seats, stops them from getting covered in pet hair, and also stops all other dirt and mess from getting onto the car’s upholstery.

You can find out how much they cost by clicking the link below…


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Regularly Grooming Your Dog is Really Important

With any job related to hair removal for dogs, we think the best approach is to catch as much of the pet hair at the source of the problem.

That is to stay if you can regularly groom your dog’s coat, you will end up with a much smaller amount of hair in your car.

What if you do not have much time to get this job done?

Don’t worry as we have a great idea that can really help you out.

You should try using a vacuum cleaner dog grooming attachment to vacuum your dog.

Yes, you read that right, you can remove pet hair from your dog (and stop it from getting into your car) by vacuuming your dog.

Check out these dog grooming attachments on the link directly below…


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Some Advice from a Professional Car Detailer

We always try our best to deliver excellent advice and information on every post we write for our readers.

So to finish off this post about how to remove dog hair from a car’s carpets, seats, and upholstery, we are sharing this video from a professional automobile detailer.

This video is perfect, as the car he is detailing is covered in really ground-in dog hair, and he uses some really clever techniques to get rid of it.

His suggestions are very similar to ours, but you get to watch them being done by a professional.

So hopefully, it will give you a really good idea of how to clean up the dog hairs from your own vehicle.

One final tip – To help you remove pet hair from your car. Use duct tape. Yes, that’s another job on the never-ending list of things you can duct tape for!

Simply peel back a strip, lay the sticky side on the car upholstery, rub it on a bit so that it gets a good hold of the hair, and then rip it off.

(You can also wrap the tape around your hand with the sticky side on the outside and use it like a hair removal glove).

It is a bit of a slow method, so you would probably only do it if you were stuck for a vacuum cleaner and need to get rid of some hair before using the car.

Anyway, we just wanted to share it, as pretty much every home on the planet has a roll of duct tape lying around.