For animal lovers, pet hair and pet hair removal are just a fact of life. It’s one of those small inconveniences we accept as part of the doggy deal alongside muddy paw prints on the kitchen floor and slobbery kisses when you know exactly where that mouth has been.
My pet family includes two dogs and four cats, so we’re dealing with a whole lot of pet hair on our floors, furniture, and clothing, not to mention car seats and car interiors. After a lifetime of pet parenthood and many years working in doggy daycare, I’ve become somewhat of a snob about dog hair removal tools. This list of tried and true dog hair removal tools has something for everyone, from premium appliances to some simple household hacks. Whether you’re dealing with long hair or short fur, these tools will help you get the best dog fur in your home.
“Dog” made of doghair via flickr/bowbrick
Read on to learn about the best dog tools to spring clean away dog hair once and for all.
The classic. Relatively inexpensive and easy to use, the only downside is that these handy rollers don’t stand up to de-hairing the entire living room in one go, and are best suited to small jobs like cleaning off your work clothes on your way out the door. $6 on Amazon.com. Less expensive hack? Sticky tape wrapped around your hand will remove pet hair from carpet, clothes, furniture, and soft surfaces far more cheaply than the sticky roll tapes of a pet hair roller.
This thing is like a lint roller on steroids, definitely a pet parent must-have. With a 3′ long handle and a giant, super-sticky roller, it works sort of like a duster, only it really traps hair. We like it for furniture, and also for low-pile carpets and rugs. Note that it’s not great for a deeper or shag carpet. $56 on Amazon
A dog grooming tool and surface cleaner all in one, this has the added benefit of looking like some kind of science fiction prop. Just pet your dog with the glove to give her a shiny coat, and then pick up stray hair from the furniture with the same petting motion. If you’re a cat owner, consider this soft groomer mitt a cat grooming tool that will bring on the purring and collect the cat fur in one fell swoop. The cat grooming glove your pet will love $9 on Amazon
This is my personal favorite dog grooming tool/fur remover brush for quick clean-up around the house. Two sizes of rubber pet hair capturing bristles bigger bristles can be used to brush your dog’s coat and remove loose fur before it has the chance to get stuck to your stuff, and the finer bristles are perfect for brushing hair off the upholstery. Plus, it comes in cute colors! $5.98 on Amazon
Rubber brooms like this are a staple in doggy daycare for their strong hair-gathering ability. The sweeper version of the FURemover is effective on several surfaces, so you can de-hair the carpeted living room and the tiled kitchen in one go, and the long handle means you can work the pet hair out of your rugs from a standing position.
Plus, it’s a multi-tasker with uses far beyond pet hair removal: After you clean up after your dog, you can use the FURemover broom to scrub the bathroom tile or wash the car! $20 on Amazon
This is a cute little dog grooming tool with stiff-but-gentle rubber bristles that remove loose hair and stimulate dogs’ skin for a healthy, shiny coat.
I use ZoomGrooms regularly for gentle brushing, and at bath time to help work shampoo through my dogs’ coats. $4.79 on Amazon
I love a wearable tool, and pet hair removal mitts are affordable and effective for gathering pet hair off of fabric. I don’t know what magic material these gloves are made from, but they have soft have little nubs that pick up pet hair, and are easily cleaned by rubbing two mitts together in opposite directions.
Mitts are great for removing hair from more delicate clothing, as the soft material means your clothes won’t be pulled or pilled from abrasion. $10 on Amazon
This lint brush works well for pet hair and everyday cleanup and dusting, too.
This uses two rollers to lift and trap pet hair, and the attached handle/hair trapper can be emptied between rounds.
Online reviewers rave about the efficiency of this handheld tool, and it’s easy to find in most major stores. I like it best for cleaning up pillows and couch cushions.
The Cadillac of pet hair removal tools, and my fantasy appliance, the Dyson Animal has powerful suction and best of all, a tangle-free turbine tool to remove dirt and hair from carpets and upholstery. There are other competent pet hair vacuums on the market, but this bad boy is the dream. $468 on Amazon
The Rotator is a quality everyday vacuum that gets the job done, and it’s often on sale for less than $190. If you’re not ready to splurge on a Dyson, the Shark Rotator is the vacuum for you.
Though it’s not billed as being specifically for pet hair cleanup, it gets rave reviews from pet owners for its hair-annihilating properties. It’s lightweight, easy to maneuver, and easy to clean (I speak from experience: this is a major plus when you’re talking clouds of pet hair!) $170 on Amazon
If the Dyson Pet is the Cadillac of pet hair vacuum cleaners, then this is the Porsche of dog grooming tools: compact, powerful, efficient, and worth every penny.
The Furminator helps keep your dog’s coat in great shape, and reduces shedding by removing loose fur from the undercoat before it has a chance to hit your furniture. Used appropriately on the right dog, the Furminator can help prevent excess hair mess and minimize your need for other tools on this list. $27 on Amazon
12. Rubber Gloves
Here it is, the unbelievable, incredible, household object life hack that will make pet hair cleanup a breeze: a plain old rubber glove.
Put on a pair of basic grocery store dish gloves, get them just-barely-damp (or even go dry), and go to town on your fur-covered sofa, rug, or pants. This video will give you a quick demonstration of how it works:
Of course, if you’re anything like me, at a certain point you just roll over and accept the dog hair that creeps onto every surface in your home. As long as the dog is around, the hair will be, too. Still, it’s helpful to have a toolbox to turn to when cleaning time rolls around. Feel free to leave your favorite dog hair removal tools & tips in the comments, and happy spring cleaning!
Top image via flickr/districtinroads
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