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How To Get Dog Hair Out Of Your Car: A Step-By-Step Guide

Chase Manhattan

Last Updated on July 5, 2023 by Chase Manhattan

Dogs are beloved members of many households, and they often come with us on car rides, but they can also leave their fur behind. Car carpets, seats, and upholstery can quickly become covered in pet hair and dander. If left untreated, this mess can even lead to health issues for the people in your car.

In this blog post, we’ll explore why it’s important to remove pet hair from your car, the tools you need, and a step-by-step guide to remove pet hair. We’ll also cover tips for preventing pet hair from accumulating in your car in the first place.

Why do you need to remove dog hair from your car?

Removing dog hair from your car is important for a few reasons.

First, pet hair and dander can cause allergies and other health issues, especially if you’re already prone to them.

Man with Allergies

Second, it’s unsightly, and it can make your car look messy and unkempt.

Finally, pet hair can also attract dirt and grime, which can allow other problems like mold to develop in your car.

All of these issues can be avoided by regularly cleaning pet hair from your car. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to do.

What tools do you need for removing pet hair?

The tools you need for removing dog hair from your car depend on the type of fabric it’s made from.

For upholstery, you’ll need a vacuum cleaner, a lint roller, a rubber glove, a pet hair brush designed to remove dead hair, and a fabric softener.

For carpets, you’ll need a vacuum cleaner, a lint roller, and a pet hair removal brush. Aside from using lint rollers and the like, you can also use a combination of:

  • Duct Tape
  • A Wire Brush
  • Velcro Hair Curlers
  • A Blown Up Balloon
  • Dryer Sheets
  • A Pumice Stone

Using Duct Tape To Collect Loose Pet Hair

Duct tape will remove loose dog hair from seat covers, car seats, and plastic surfaces like a glove box. Simply rub the sticky side wherever it’s needed.

Using a Wire Brush to Collect Dog Hair

A wire brush is a great tool to collect hair, just be mindful of where it’s used on the car’s interior. The narrow spaced bristles will easily remove dog hairs but can also damage the car upholstery if used improperly.

Be careful not to snag seat covers or other loose fabric.

Brushes Hanging on Wall

Velcro Hair Curlers for Easy Removal of Pet Hairs

Velcro hair curlers will operate similarly to duct tape and lint rollers. Simbly rub the velcro sticky side against all the pet hair left by your furry friend.

This is a safe option for hair in your car interior because there is a low risk of damage.

Curlers Falling

A Blown Up Balloon Will Get Pet Hair Off of Car Surfaces

That’s right, a balloon is great at removing hair from your car through use of static electricity. The static will cause all the loose hairs to be attracted to itself.

Inflated White Balloon against White Wall

Dryer Sheets Will Remove Hair from Interior Surfaces Will Eliminating Other Pet Smells

Just like the balloon, dry sheets can remove all the hair in your car through the use of static electricity.

Along with removing your pet’s hair, the waxy surface is great at preventing dog hair from building up again. It will also make your car smelling fresh.

A Pumice Stone is a Pet Lovers Secret Weapon for Cleaning Dog Hair

Pumice stones are a great option for removing embedded pet hair. Most often used in the shower, they are also safe to use on a car’s interior when used correctly.

Car upholstery can be fragile, so I often recommend using a pumice stone designed to remove dog hairs from interior surfaces, like the Fur Zoff Pumice Stone.

The Fur Zoff Pumice Stone can be purchased at most pet stores, but also through Amazon in the link above.

Fur Zoff designed to Remove Dog Hair

Now, for the more general guide on how to remove dog hair from a car’s interior surfaces.

Step-By-Step Guide: How To Get Dog Hair Out of Car

Removing pet hair from your car doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s a step-by-step guide to remove pet hair from your car.

Vacuuming The Car

The first step for you to remove pet hair from your car is to vacuum it. Use an upholstery attachment to get into all the nooks and crannies of your car’s upholstery.

Pay special attention to the seams and crevices, as loose pet hair can quickly accumulate there.

When you’re vacuuming carpets, use an attachment that’s specifically designed for pet hair. This will help to ensure that all of the pet hair is removed. I recommend the Starument Portable Hand Vacuum.

Hand Vacuum Made to Remove Loose Fur from a Car Interior

It is a light, handheld, option that is specifically designed to remove dog hair in your car. It will easily get hair off of all car surfaces including plastic surfaces like the glove box, or fabric surfaces like the car’s seats.

Using A Lint Roller

Once you’ve vacuumed the car, use a lint roller to pick up any remaining pet hair.

Pay special attention to the seams and crevices, as pet hair can easily accumulate there. As we mentioned before, any sticky tape – including duct tape – can be used to remove dog hair from your car’s upholstery. I personally prefer to use lint rollers that are specifically made for removing dog hair, like the ChomChom Pet Hair Remover.

Dog Hair Pet Remover

The ChomChom Pet Hair Remover is a roller that doesn’t use sticky tape, but a revolving pronged surface to collect the pet hair in your car, into one pile, for easy removal.

Using Rubber Gloves to Remove Pet Hair

If the lint roller isn’t picking up all of the pet hair, using rubber gloves to remove the remaining pet hair is a great option. Use a light dusting motion to remove the pet hair, and you should be able to get most of it off. There are actually rubber gloves designed specifically as a replacement for a pet brush.

Pet Grooming Gloves by HandsOn

I personally prefer using the Pet Grooming Gloves by HandsOn. They are a premium option, when compared to other rubber gloves, that are durable and designed specifically for grooming a dog’s hair. This is great for a dog owner with a breed that is prone to excess shedding.

Using a Pet Hair Removal Brush

If rubber gloves aren’t getting all of the pet hair, use a pet hair remover brush. This brush is specifically designed to remove pet hair from car seats, seat covers, car upholstery, carpets and other interior surfaces. A benefit to this is, when used on the carpet, you can use a wire brush to remove any loose carpet fibers that are lying around.

Do be careful when brushing a car’s seats, you can easily snag the fabric. If you have damaged seat covers, it’s ok to use a rubber blade instead – it will work similarly.

I personally prefer the Chemical Guys Professional Pet Hair Remover Brush.

Chemical Guys Pet Hair Remover Brush

Chemical Guy’s Pet Hair Remover Brush is designed specifically to remove dog hair from a car’s interior. It is safe to use on car seats or a seat cover.

Using a Fabric Softener

Finally, use a fabric softener to remove any remaining pet hair. Spray the fabric softener from a spray bottle, on the car’s upholstery and carpets, and then use a damp paper towel to wipe it away. This will help to loosen any remaining pet hair, making it easier to remove while also making your car interior smell fresh.

Make sure that you shake the spray bottle well to evenly distribute the fabric softener.

If the area is damp after, use more paper towels or allow the AC to blow air across it. If there are stubborn embedded hairs present, you can use a rubber blade to move the loose hairs into one pile and quickly remove it with a vacuum.

Tips for Preventing Pet Hair from Accumulating In Your Car

Now that you know how to remove pet hair from your car, here are some tips for preventing it from accumulating in the first place.

First, brush your pet regularly. This will help to reduce the amount of pet hair they shed in your car.

Remember that dog hairs will shed more during certain times of the year, so when your pet is more prone to leaving dog hair and loose fur, it’s recommended that you use a pet brush to remove pet hair more frequently.

Second, use car seat covers. Using covers for your car seats will help to keep pet hair off of your car’s upholstery.

Third, use a lint roller, sticky tape, or duct tape, to remove pet hair from your clothes before you get in the car. This will help to reduce the amount of pet hair that gets on your car’s upholstery.

Finally, vacuum your car regularly. This will help to keep pet hair from accumulating in your car. Removing dog hair from your car can be a tedious task that is easily avoided with frequent use of a vacuum cleaner.


Removing pet hair from your car is an important part of car maintenance. It’s not difficult to do, and it can help to keep your car clean and free from allergens. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can easily remove pet hair from your car and keep it looking like new.

Remember, the best way to prevent pet hair from accumulating in your car is to brush your pet regularly, use a pet seat cover, use a lint roller to remove pet hair from your clothes, and vacuum your car regularly.

Like all things in the detailing industry, preparation and prevention is key. If you take more time on the front end of things, to keep fur from building up, you’ll have a much easier time when it’s time to clean your car interior. Just remember that an attention to detail with some patience will go a very long way.

By following these tips, you can keep your car free from pet hair and looking like new for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do Detailers Get Fur Out of Carpet?

Most detailers will use a brush to collect all of the fur, then use a vacuum to remove it quickly.

How Do I Keep My Car Fur Free?

You can apply a smell good wax product to your car seats. This will allow the fur to not become embedded, which will make removal quick and easy.

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