Best Pet Hair Remover Products – From The Floor To The Ceiling!
If you have pets, especially dogs and cats, you will be all-too familiar with the problem of pet hair and pet dander.
Having owned a German shepherd cross for many years, I came to dread her regular shedding periods.
And let’s not even mention the extremely beautiful but also extremely hairy Persian cat I owned.
In this article, we’ll look at why pet hair is such a problem for some people.
We’ll also discuss effective and efficient ways of getting rid of pet hair.
Finally, we’ve taken time out to find and review the very best dog and cat hair remover products that are available to help you keep your home a fur-free zone.
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Pet Hair Gets Everywhere
Your fur babies may be cute, cuddly, loyal or all of the above, but they do tend to leave evidence of their presence wherever they go.
Your sofa, carpets, bed, clothes and even your car may be covered in your furry friends’ molting tresses, unless you have an efficient cat hair remover tool.
Why Is Pet Hair Such a Problem?
Now, while you may not mind having your home furnishings upholstered in your beloved pet’s fur, your visitors may not appreciate taking a hairy keepsake with them on their clothes when they leave.
Plus some people suffer from serious allergies to pet dander even though they may be animal lovers.
What’s the Big Deal About Pet Dander and Your Health?
Pet allergies can be triggered by any creature with fur but are most commonly caused by cats, dogs and rabbits.
It’s the pet dander that causes the problems, rather than the fur.
Pet dander is comprised of dead skin flakes, rather than pet hair.
Pet dander also contains saliva and urine, and this is what triggers allergies in some people.
As your pet moves around your home, probably stopping periodically for a scratch, he sheds tiny bits of dead skin (dander).
The material works its way down into your carpet and upholstery fibers, where it stays until someone walks across the carpet or sits down on the couch and disturbs the dander.
The microscopic dander flies up into the air where it is inhaled by the “victim,” who then suffers an allergy attack.
Allergy sufferers experience streaming eyes, a runny nose, wheezing, sneezing and sometimes swelling of the throat.
In asthma sufferers, an allergy attack such as this can be extremely dangerous.
What’s That Smell?
You may not notice a dog’s aroma when you walk into your home, but your visitors probably will. But why does your dog smell?
Shed hair and dander are often responsible for unpleasant aromas.
The smells are caused by bacteria living in the grease that the hair contains.
If you don’t vacuum your carpet and furniture often enough, the hair (and the smell) becomes ingrained in the fabric fibers, creating a distinctly doggy ambiance that can be hard to shift.
Candles and plug-in room scenters simply don’t cut it when it comes to getting rid of the odor of dog. You need to remove all the hair and its population of bacteria.
How Can I Prevent Pet Hair in My Home?
The most effective means of controlling the volume of pet hair in your home is to groom your pet daily, especially when he’s shedding.
Best Pet Hair Remover Vacuum
One essential pet hair removal tool is a good vacuum cleaner.
I’ve always found that a vacuum cleaner is the best dog hair remover.
The machine doesn’t necessarily have to be super-powerful to pick up pet hair, but it must have roller brushes.
Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum
I have a Dyson V6 Animal cordless vacuum. It’s now been superseded by the Dyson V7*.
This is a brilliant piece of carpet hair remover kit that makes an outstanding pet hair removal tool.
This vacuum is powered by a lithium battery so you don’t have the hassle of a trailing power cord. This makes vacuuming stairs much easier (and safer too).
The Dyson cordless has powerful rotating brushes, which pick up pet hair from long and short pile carpets with just one pass.
You can also use this cleaner on wooden and tiled floors, where it’s just as efficient.
As an added bonus, the Dyson cordless comes with various attachments so that you can use it to vacuum upholstery and remove pet hair from furniture too.
If you need to remove dog hair from car seats and interior carpets, use the Dyson’s motorized attachment.
The major drawback to the Dyson cordless is that it has a limited run time before the battery needs recharging.
This isn’t necessarily a problem if you have a small apartment but could be impractical if you have a larger home.
In addition, the debris container on this model is quite small, which would mean frequent stops to empty it, especially in multi-pet households.
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
If you need a vacuum that offers you more cleaning time, you should consider investing in the Dyson Ball Animal 2* Upright Vacuum.
This machine is very powerful and includes a HEPA filtration system, which captures and neutralizes the bacteria that causes odors.
The debris bin has plenty of capacity so it easily copes with the hairiest of homes without the need for frequent emptying stops.
This vacuum doesn’t have the versatility of the cordless version so you can’t easily use it for cleaning car seats or furniture.
If you have the budget to do so, it really makes sense to buy both.
How to Remove Dog Hair from Clothes
Now, obviously you can’t vacuum your clothes to get rid of pet hair.
Some people use a piece of sticky tape wrapped around their hand to pick up fur that’s stuck to their clothing.
However, this leaves a residue of adhesive behind, which simply attracts more fluff and hair.
The best pet hair remover tool for clothes is a lint roller or a pet hair remover brush.
The Scotch-Brite Lint Roller Combo Pack* contains five rollers, boasting 475 sticky sheets of highly adhesive Scotch-Brite stickiness.
Just pass the roller over your clothing to remove the pet hair, tear off the used sheet and go again with a fresh one.
The main drawback of this product is that you will eventually need to replace it because the rollers are not reusable.
However, it’s a reasonably priced, effective product that does work well as a pet hair removal option.
The ChomChom Roller Dog Hair, Cat Hair, Pet Hair Remover* is fully reusable.
Rather than using sticky paper to trap pet hair, this roller simply picks up the fur on a fabric roller.
Simply move the pair hair roller across your clothes to remove the fur.
The hair is transferred to a catchment area for easy emptying when you’ve finished with it.
You can also use this pet hair remover roller on upholstery, on bed linens and in your car.
The Mudeela pet hair remover brush* is perfect for use on your clothes, but you can also use it in your car, on your furniture and on your bed.
To remove clinging pet hair, just pass the brush in the direction of the bristles to pick up the hair.
Then, dip the brush into the self-cleaning base and remove it to dislodge the fur from the brush. Pull out the collection tray from the bottom of the base and empty it.
Best Pet Hair Remover for Furniture
When it comes to shifting pet hair from furniture, the method depends on the upholstery material.
Leather is by far the easiest to clean.
Simply vacuum away the hair and wipe down the leather with a damp cloth, then apply a good leather cleaning product* to get rid of marks and grease.
Cordless Furniture Vacuum Cleaners
If you have fabric upholstery, a handheld, cordless vacuum cleaner is the best pet hair removal tool to have in your arsenal.
The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand and Car Vacuum, 1782* is a very efficient, handheld vacuum that’s designed for households with pets.
The vacuum has a motorized foot that provides powerful suction for a much deeper clean.
There’s a handy crevice tool, enabling you to clean hard-to-reach spaces.
The dirt bin is quick and easy to empty, and there’s a dual-action filtration system to prevent pet dander from flying up into the air.
The vacuum comes with a one-year limited warranty.
BLACK+DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum* has a lithium ion battery for a longer life. It’s lightweight and quickly recharges, whilst offering lots of power for excellent cleaning.
The vacuum has a unique cyclonic action to ensure that the filter stays clean, and the easy-view bagless dirt bowl is quick and simple to empty.
The cleaner has a slim, rotating nozzle that can access the tightest of spaces in between sofa cushions and car seats too.
The Peroom Pet Hair Remover for Furniture* is a 3-in-1 set of double-sided brushes with a self-cleaning base for the quick and easy removal of pet hair.
There’s also a handy travel size brush for when you take your hairy hound or kitty on vacation with you.
The reusable dog fur remover brush can also be used on your clothes, bedding, curtains and in your car.
The Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Remover* is a unique pet hair remover that looks more like a stone than a brush. Simply pass the tool across upholstery, car seats, carpets, beds and clothing to stroke away clinging pet hair.
I had one of these tools and always used it to remove dog hair from car seats; it was great.
The stone also makes the best cat hair remover.
Cat hair can become ingrained into fabric, but the stone lifts it straight off.
Hair Remover Mitts and Gloves
The Pat Your Pet 2-in-1 Pet Glove: Grooming Tool + Furniture Pet Hair Remover Mitt* is a clever pet hair remover that has the extra bonus of doubling as a pet grooming tool.
Put on the double-sided pet hair remover glove and gently run your hand over your pet to remove loose fur and mats.
Then, use the velour side of the mitt to wipe away fur from your furniture.
You can also use the mitt on your car seats.
If you’re not completely satisfied with its performance, the manufacturer will give you a full refund.
The Cadtog Pet Grooming Glove, 2-in-1 Hair Remover Mitt* is also a multi-functional pet hair remover tool.
You can use it to groom your pet, and then reverse the mitt to wipe loose hair from your furniture, car upholstery and carpets.
The pet fur remover mitt has a secure Velcro wrist fastening so that it won’t slip or come off while you’re using it.
The pet grooming side of the mitt features raised nubs to provide a relaxing, enjoyable petting experience for your dog, cat or bunny.
Hair Removal Sponge
The Evriholder FURemover Broom with Squeegee* offers a cheaper alternative to a vacuum cleaner for pet hair remover duties.
This dual-function tool is effectively a telescopic-handled brush made from soft, rubber bristles that quickly and easily remove clinging pet fur from upholstery and carpets.
There’s also a built-in squeegee that can be used to clean windows, cars and even boat decks.
The Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter* is a simple but effective pet hair remover tool in the form of a pet hair remover sponge.
Just wipe the dampened sponge over the hairy surface to lift away loose pet hair from fabric upholstery and from clothing.
Wash the sponge after each use with mild dish soap and warm water to get rid of grease and dirt.
Best Pet Hair Remover Tools
If you share your home with hairy pets, you will undoubtedly have experienced the problem of loose pet hair.
Be sure to groom your dogs daily when they’re shedding to keep loose hair pollution to a minimum.
Vacuum your carpets and fabric upholstery to get rid of pet dander that could cause allergies.
If you have light-colored carpets and fabric-covered furniture, you will need to have them cleaned professionally every now and then to remove grease and dirt.
But in the meantime, you can keep clinging fur to a minimum by using any of the pet hair remover tools that we’ve reviewed in this article.
Tell us how you keep your home a fur-free zone in the comments section below.
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References and Further Reading
Mayo Clinic, “Pet Allergies”
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