Cleaning pet hair of your upholstery

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  • August 20, 2015
cleaning pet hair of fabric upholstery

Pets are cute and friendly, they amuse us, they are another member of our family, they listen to our stories. No matter the reason we have a pet, one thing we cannot escape: pet hair. We do love them, but not when all that hair is on our couch, on our furniture, on our clothes or our food.

This doesn’t mean we have to give up on them, there are plenty of solutions out there that can reduce the amount of hair we collect in our house.

First, one of the most important things, is knowing when your pet is shedding and brush their hair with a brush or a special glove.

Secondly, there are a few simple and quick upholstery cleaning methods that will save you time and energy.

Gripping surfaces

Stick it, with velcro or sellotape

Velcro is one of the best tools to remove pet hair of your upholstery fabric. It is a phenomenal method to use on fabrics that cannot get wet. It can be a bit too harsh, so it’s better to use it only on tougher fabrics like: cotton, microfiber, polyester. A good substitute for velcro would be sellotape. It’s more suitable for sensitive fabrics like silk. Just cut strips of it and use the sticky part catch the hair on the fabric. It might take longer though and it’s not as efficient as velcro.


Wet it, rubber gloves and washcloth

If your upholstery fabric doesn’t mind some moist, one of the best methods of removing pet hair is wet gloves. Wear your dishwashing gloves, wet them a bit and then rub against the upholstery surface gently. Once you get a fair amount of hair on it, rinse them and then continue.

If the rubber gloves are not handy, you can use a damp white cloth. The trick with it is to rub in one direction only using short and upwards strokes without pressing too hard against the fabric. Pressing will just deepen the pet hair into the fabric.

Magnetic attraction

Ballons and brushes

This is a fun method. You can try it out with your kids, they will love it and you might get yourself a cleaning helper. All you need is a balloon. Blow it, rub it on your hair or on a pice of fabric until it creates static energy then hover it above the pet hair. Any loose hair on the upholstery fabric will stick to it.

However, if the hair is too intertwined in the fabric you might want to use the power of a rubber brush. Besides the static energy that you can get, you have the rubbing power.

Once you’ve collected a significant amount of hairs, clean of the brush and you’ll be ready for another round.