Alison is a freelance writer on health, nutrition, skincare, and pets, especially cats and dogs.
In this article, we are going to deal with the tricky question of how to clean and remove dog hair from the carpets in your home. We all love our dogs, but we don't love their shedding.
Dog hair seems to collect everywhere in the most awkward of spaces. It seems to gravitate to any place that has carpet, especially the stairs. If you have ever tried to remove dog hair from the carpet on stairs, you know what kind of a headache I am talking about.
It looks unsightly and can also damage your family's health if not dealt with. So please read on to find some easy solutions to the problem.
My Tips for Cleaning Dog Hair From Carpeted Stairs
First, let's talk about the best method for removing dog hair from your carpeted steps. Below are the four steps you will need to thoroughly clean your stairs. Once you have tackled tricky stairs, any other carpeted area in your home can be cleaned with this method.
- Always start at the top of the stairs. As you clean, gravity will be your friend. Any hair that floats up from your cleaning will settle on the next lower step.
- Start with the Scotch-Brite lint roller. Use it to make a few passes on the face of the step as well as the top of the tread. Refresh the lint roller by peeling off the current sheet as needed. You will notice it gets a lot less sticky as dog hair collects on the roller.
- Once you have finished, start over at the top using your vacuum cleaner (preferably the Dyson V7 Motorhead cord-free vacuum). My son has the previous model of this, the DC44, and it really is amazingly maneuverable, can be used anywhere as it is cordless, and is so effective at getting into corners and crevices with a suction powerful enough to get rid of any cat or dog fur embedded in the carpet!
- This step is crucial to a thorough clean. Make sure you make several passes over the entire step (face and tread) and use any necessary attachments before you go to clean the next step. This will ensure that all dog hair is removed in the most effective and efficient means possible.
Use a Lint Roller for Small Areas
Scotch Brite lint rollers are a great way to remove the initial covering of hair that collects on the stairs. They work particularly well on the type of short pile carpet usually found on stairs.
I have two, white-haired Jack Russell Terriers who constantly shed despite my best efforts at grooming. We buy our supplies of Scotch Brite rollers in bulk online, and they work out less than half the price in-store. I keep one in the car, one by the back door, and one in the caravan—they are invaluable!
They are extremely easy to use too. Just glide the lint roller across the carpeted step and watch as the dog hair sticks to the adhesive backing.
Used lint roller sheets peel off in layers exposing a fresh, sticky sheet for each use. If you just have a small amount of dog hair on your steps, Scotch-Brite lint rollers are the definite tool for the job. They are also an inexpensive tool for removing dog hair from clothing.
Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
Traditional vacuums can be too bulky. They are often too wide for the step and inefficient as a means of hair removal. 'Dust buster' type vacuums do not have enough power behind them to get dog hair out of carpet. Sweeping will not work very well either. When it comes to this type of dog hair removal, you really need a product that is specifically developed for the task.
For larger areas and a deep thorough clean, Dyson has several vacuum cleaners that are more than able to do the job. Pictured (above) is my old Dyson which is brilliant, but there are now newer models if you need to remove dog hair from your carpets.
As you can see, my Dyson with a pet hair attachment is pretty ancient, but it cleans amazingly well after many years of use! I love it because the HEPA filter ensures that any allergens sucked up by the vacuum, stay inside and don't get blown back out into the room. This is obviously especially important for anyone badly affected by pet dander or with other allergies related to atmospheric pollutants.
Dyson V7 Motorhead Demonstration Video
Remove Pet Hair to Avoid Allergy Problems With Pet Dander
Apart from the fact that pet hair on carpet looks unsightly, there are also health concerns to think about. Pet dander can trigger all sorts of things from asthma to allergies if you have a family member who is allergic to dander than you know the importance of keeping your house spotless! The last thing you need is to spend a Saturday night at the ER because your child or spouse is having an allergic reaction.
The problem is that anytime anyone walks over a carpeted area, including the stairs, they are doing two things to the dog hair that has collected there.
- First, they are pressing it deeper into the fibers, so it is more difficult to remove.
- Second, they are dispersing millions of particles of pet dander that can be dangerous for those members who are allergic.
Keeping the carpeted areas clean of dog hair is essential to your family's health. Whilst living area carpets are easier, following the tips for cleaning stairs will ensure that these are kept hair-free too!
Recommendations for the Best Dog Hair Removal Tools
I wholeheartedly recommend a Dyson as being the best vacuum for dog hair and for a quick method of removing hair from small areas, particularly on velvet pile stair carpet as well as upholstery and clothing, a scotch-brite lint roller is a must-have accessory!
Following these steps, each time means a cleaner house for you and your family.
Following the tips on how to clean dog hair from your stair carpeting also means you can get the job done quicker, it will be less of a chore, and you will feel more like tackling it more often.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 Alison Graham