Hanging out on the couch at the end of a long day is the best. Sometimes, you might let your dog get on your lap while you’re watching your favorite shows.
The bad thing is that your dog is going to shed. It’ll wind up getting copious amounts of pet hair on the couch.
Embedded pet hair can become a troublesome issue. How can you remove pet hair when it gets stuck on the couch?
Below, you’ll get tips and tricks for getting rid of pet hair that is embedded in your couch or chairs. It should help you to get the couch looking good again.
1 – Use a Vacuum Cleaner
Using a vacuum cleaner is likely the easiest way to get pet hair off of the couch. Even pet hair that has become embedded in the fabric of the couch should come out if you’re using a powerful vacuum.
To do this job right, it’ll be best to use a hose attachment. Using the hose attachment, go up and down the upholstery of the couch to get all of the pet hair.
Try to be as meticulous as you can be to ensure that you don’t miss any spots. Your goal is to vacuum up as much pet hair as you possibly can.
Some spots might be pretty bad and will require you to pass over them multiple times. It simply depends on how dirty the couch is and how matted the hair has become on it.
Eventually, you should be able to tell the difference by looking at the couch. You’ll be able to visibly see how much better the couch looks when you’ve vacuumed it thoroughly.
Also, the couch is going to smell a lot nicer. You can make your couch look and smell good again by doing a good job vacuuming it.
2 – Wash the Cushion Covers in the Washing Machine
Some types of couches have cushion covers that can be removed. It’s likely that the couch cushions are the only part of the couch that has significant pet hair issues.
If you can take the couch cushion covers off, it’ll be possible to wash them. You could wash them by hand, but it’ll be a lot easier to put them in the washing machine.
The great thing about removing pet hair this way is that it takes very little effort. Simply place the cushion covers in the machine and wash them using an appropriate setting.
It’s also important to follow any directions on the cushions covers. Some might tell you specifically how they’re meant to be washed to get optimal results.
Usually, you’re not supposed to place couch cushion covers in the dryer. You’re meant to hang them and dry the cushion covers that way.
Check out your lint trap after washing the cushion covers. You’ll likely see lots of pet hair that has been removed during the washing process.
3 – Try Using a Rubber Glove
Did you know that using a rubber glove can help you to remove pet hair from your couch? This actually works, and it’s a simple way to solve your problem.
Buying one inexpensive pair of rubber gloves will do the trick. Put the gloves on and rub your hands over the couch to remove pet hair.
Why does this work? It has to do with the chemistry between the rubber of the gloves and the fabric material of the couch.
You’ll create friction by rubbing the glove against the upholstery of the couch. This causes the pet hair that is stuck on the couch cushions to come up.
To get this to work properly, you must dampen the glove slightly with water. Then you just run your hands over the couch and remove pet hair at your leisure.
This method does involve a bit more effort than just washing the cushion covers. Even so, it’s not hard to do, and it’ll be a good way to get rid of pet hair fast.
4 – Buy a Lint Roller
As a pet owner, there’s a good chance that you own several lint rollers. Pets shed their fur and wind up getting your clothes messy all the time.
Lint rollers are most commonly used to remove lint and pet hair from clothing items. They can also be used to remove pet hair from your couches.
Roll the lint rolling across the couch and try to get up as much pet hair as you can. It might take some time to get rid of all of the pet hair, but it can be done with patience.
What if you don’t have a lint roller, though? Well, you can use tape to get the same result.
Tape is sticky and it’ll be able to lift the pet hair off of the couch, too. This will be a lot more work, but it is something that you can try if you have the time.
5 – Try Using a Pumice Stone
A pumice stone can get pet hair off of the couch as well. These coarse stones are very rough and can create enough friction to pull up pet hair from the couch.
This idea might be a bit dangerous depending on how your couch is made, though. The pumice stone might be too rough for the fabric of the couch.
It could potentially tear the fabric or otherwise mess it up. Thus, it’s likely better to go with one of the methods above since they’re considered to be safer.
You can try using a pumice stone if you think your couch will be fine. Just be careful and try not to get overzealous when using it to remove pet hair.
6 – Use a Damp Sponge
Using a damp sponge is a much safer choice than using a pumice stone. Pet hair will cling to damp objects, and that’s why a damp sponge will be so useful.
Simply get a sponge wet and then use it on your couch. The sponge doesn’t need to be sopping wet for this to work.
You don’t want to soak your couch with a really wet sponge. It just needs to be a bit damp.
Glide the damp sponge across the surface of the sofa to lift pet hair up and off of the couch. This should work well to get rid of small spots on the couch that have pet hair issues.
7 – Use Dryer Sheets
Do you have some dryer sheets in your house that you don’t need? If you have many dryer sheets, it’ll be fine to use some of them to eliminate pet hair on the couch.
Dryer sheets are really good for lifting pet hair off of couches. You can run the dryer sheets over the couch and remove copious amounts of pet hair.
As the dryer sheets start to become filled with pet hair, you’ll need to throw them away. You can then move on and start using another dryer sheet.
Since dryer sheets are disposable, you may or may not like this method. It could seem like a waste of perfectly good dryer sheets depending on your perspective.
Since dryer sheets normally don’t cost too much money, it’s likely not a bad idea to try this out. You have other options if you don’t like this idea, though.
Try to Prevent Pet Hair Problems From Occurring
Truly, the best thing you can do is to prevent issues from occurring in the first place. You should stop letting your pets get on your couch if you’re concerned about pet hair.
Pets are going to shed, and they will make your couch gross if you let them sit on it. You should establish clear rules that pets aren’t allowed on the couch.
Your pets can learn that they aren’t supposed to be on the couch. It’s still possible for your pets to sit close to the couch without letting them sit on it.
Buy dog beds for your dogs or cat beds for your cats. Position the beds near the couch when you’re relaxing in the living room.
The pets can stay where they’re supposed to be, and you won’t have to worry about the couch getting nasty. It’ll keep you from having to do unnecessary work.
If you’re someone who likes letting the dogs and cats get in your lap, you’ll likely just have to put up with the pet hair issue. You’ll still want to remove the pet hair from the couch every so often so that things don’t get really bad.
Getting the pet hair off of your couch will be a lot easier now. There are several viable methods for removing pet hair that will make your couch smell and look better.
You might want to try simply vacuuming the couch. If your couch can handle being vacuumed, it’ll be an easy way to get it clean again.
Another good choice is to remove the couch cushion covers and place them in the washing machine. So long as your couch has removable couch cushion covers, this will be a very simple way to get good results.
Using a rubber glove to pull the pet hair off of the couch is a great choice. Get the glove damp and it’ll be very easy to get the pet hair off of the couch.
You could choose to use a lint roller or a damp sponge to get the pet hair off of the couch. Some people even use dryer sheets or pumice stones to do the job.
If you want to avoid letting the couch get dirty in the future, you’ll want to keep your pets from getting on the couch. Otherwise, you’ll be removing pet hair from the couch fairly often.
I have two Associate’s degrees, one in Medical Assisting and the other in Computer Technician, and I am roughly five classes from a bachelor’s degree. Though I never ended up working in the medical field, I have five and a half years of experience in IT. I recently became a stay-at-home mom to my two young boys, and I’m so excited to start this adventure with them! In my spare time, I love to bake and read pretty much anything I can get my hands on.