How to Remove Hair From Carpet

Are you finding it a challenge to get all of that hair out of your carpets? Whether it’s a throw rug, an area rug, or wall-to-wall carpeting, it just seems to be a magnet for hair, doesn’t it? It doesn’t matter if it’s your hair or your pet’s fur, removing hair from carpeting can be a challenge for a lot of people.

Hair, especially long strands, will get entangled in the pile and fibers in your carpeting. And, it will attract and hang to more hair, making the situation that much worse.

If pet hair is a problem, keeping them groomed and brushed will help a lot. But, regardless of how often you comb their fur, there will still be hair in your carpeting, both yours and theirs.

It’s an endless cycle of madness. But, the hair has to be removed. It’s not only unsightly, it’s also hanging onto dirt and other allergens. And, every time you walk on it, those particles get back into the air.

First of all, you should choose a brush for your carpet, and in this, we will help you, a sheet of the 10 best brooms for wool and hair, are ready!

So, What’s the Best Way to Remove all of That Hair?

You can actually attack it from a few different angles. There are things that you can buy and there are even a few things that you can make yourself. Here’s a fairly extensive list of some tried-and-true ways to win the battle with all of that hair.

The Right Vacuum Can Be Ideal

A vacuum cleaner can be very effective at removing almost all of that hair. But, it needs to be the right type of vacuum.

And, unfortunately,the cheaper vacuums won’t do you a whole lot of good.

Without the right vacuum with the most effective accessories, you’ll spend as much time cleaning the vacuum as you will the floors.

All of that hair will also wear out a cheaper vacuum faster. If you think that it may be time to buy a new vacuum, it’s always best to do a little research and find one that not only works, but will last. It’s worth the investment. 

The only real downsides of vacuuming are the initial cost and having to drag it out every time you want to get rid of the hair.

How About a Hand-held Vacuum?

They’re rechargeable, hang conveniently out of the way, and the right one can come in very handy for removing hair from carpets. 

While their battery usually won’t last long enough to clean an entire carpet, they’re ideal for smaller areas and stairways.

Steam Cleaning

It’s even more effective than vacuuming. 

While you probably won’t be steam cleaning your carpets every day, it’s a good idea to either do it yourself or pay someone to do it on a regular basis. 

You’re not only getting rid of hair,but you are also getting rid of the dirt and allergens trapped in your carpeting.

Use a Sturdy Broom

It’s not a fun chore, and you’ll probably work up a sweat. But, a good broom with sturdy bristles will get rid of most of the hair in your carpets.

Rubber Brooms are Ideal

You’ve probably seen one used at your hair salon to get the hair off of hard floors. They also work great on carpeting.

You’ll want to pull the broom towards you for the best results. The rubber actually attracts the hair and pulls it all into a neat pile.

Rubber brooms are ideal for everyday, easy clean-ups and a quick rinse with soapy water keeps the rubber clean.

Your Shower Squeegee Will Help

It works like a mini rubber broom. It’s also smaller and easier to work with, especially for smaller areas.

Anything Made of Rubber Will Work

Rubber-soled shoes, gloves, or even an old raincoat cut in patches will do the trick. The friction caused by rubbing rubber against carpeting creates static electricity, which attracts the hair. All you need to do is corral it into a pile and throw it away.

Rug Rakes are Very Effective

It’s constructed a lot like a rubber broom, but it has long bristles instead of rubber. 

Rug rakes work really well on carpets with longer fibers and they do a better job of grabbing long hairs out of the carpeting. And, keeping them clean is a cinch. 

All you need to do is comb the hairs out of the brush when you’re done and it’s ready for the next time.

Even Your Kitchen Sponge Will Do the Trick

If you are in a pinch and need to do a quick clean-up, grab a small bucket of warm water and a sponge. You won’t be pulling hair that is deep in the carpet, but the sponge will pick up a lot of the surface hair that you can see.

Dish Gloves Can Come in Handy

They’ll work either damp or dry. If they’re dry, you have the whole static electricity thing going for you. Just wipe the hair into a pile.

If you use a bucket of warm water, the wet gloves will also gather the hair. You basically scoop the hair up, rinse it off, and repeat.

This little tip also works great for upholstery.

Try Your Lint Remover

Yep, those same sticky rolls of paper that you use to remove lint from your clothes will do a great job of picking up the hair off of your carpets. It might not be the most cost-effective way to get the job done since you’ll be going through a lot of sheets. But, it works.

You can actually find long-handled, adhesive hair removers made especially for floors, or you could get creative and fashion one yourself with some double-sided tape and a paint roller with an extended handle.

Fabric Softener Attracts Hair

Just make a lukewarm solution of water and fabric softener and put it in a spray bottle.

Lightly spray your carpets and let the solution dry.

Then, use whatever method you choose to remove the hair. The fabric softener will help grab those hairs that are deeper in the carpet.

Be careful, though. This isn’t one of those times when more is better. Too much fabric softener can stain your carpet.  It’s best to test an inconspicuous area before spraying the entire carpet.

Use Your Pet’s Brush

It works on them, and it will work on your carpeting. Of course, you won’t want to be on your hands and knees cleaning an entire room, but a pet brush is ideal for a quick pick-up.

You Can Use Tape

Any tape will work, even something simple as the tape that you use for wrapping presents. Just wrap it around one of your hands, with the sticky side facing out, and wipe it over the carpet. It does a great job of picking up the hair. 

Of course, you’ll need to re-wrap your hand a few times, depending on how much hair you are collecting. But, it works in a pinch.

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You don’t even have to blow them up. They will attract hair just like rubber. It’s all about the static electricity.

Of course, you could always blow them up anyway and have some fun.

Sometimes, you can find the easiest solutions to everyday problems just by thinking outside of the box.

And, doesn’t it always seem like the simplest things seem to work the best. Hopefully, some of these ideas will help you with removing hair from your carpet.

Jeffery Gonzalez

I am a working-from-home dad and have always been interested in finding ways to make my home life easier and more efficient. I started Household Vision as a way to share the tips, tricks, and tools that I have found helpful in my own home. I hope that my readers will find my blog helpful and informative.