Keep Your Car Hair-Free
There’s nothing better than bringing your best buddy along for the car ride. Chances are, “wanna go for a ride?” is one of your dog’s favorite things to hear. We adore our pets, and we want them by our side everywhere we go, but sometimes, bringing your furry friend along means leaving behind a mess in your vehicle. Luckily, we’ve gathered 5 tips for you on how to get dog hair out of your car!
1. Give your dog a thorough brushing
Before even letting your dog into the car, make sure to thoroughly brush him before he runs to the car. Using tools and products like a shedding brush or de-shedding shampoos can keep your dog’s unwanted hair from entering your vehicle in the first place.
Less loose hair on your dog means you are less likely to have the fur clinging to your seats later. This is one of the best and easiest ways to keep your car hair-free!
2. Use car seat covers
Second, to get dog hair out of your car, we highly recommend using seat covers. Cargo covers are designed specifically for the back cargo area in minivans and SUVs. Their design fits snugly against the back of the seat and the floor, keeping all areas dog-hair free. The best part about pet car seat covers is that you can easily remove them and clean them after travel.
This eliminates the struggle of trying to clean the car seats later. Before committing to a seat cover, be sure to measure your backseat area to ensure you purchase one that fits securely.
An alternative option is by using old blankets, towels, or sheets to serve the same purpose. While they do help to combat the amount of dog hair, these will not work as effectively as a real seat cover.
3. Keep your dog in one area of the car
This tip is pretty self-explanatory, however, can really help to get rid of dog hair in your car. By keeping your dog in one area of the car, you are eliminating the chances of hair spreading to multiple areas. For a smaller dog, for example, consider using a pet crate or restraint to keep your pooch safe and from moving from place to place. By confining your dog to one area, you will have a much easier cleanup later.
4. Use a lint roller or rubber gloves
Unfortunately, you cannot prevent every piece of dog fur from accumulating on your car seats, even while following the above tips. After your trip with your dog, take a look into the backseat to assess the conditions. We suggest using a lint roller to start collecting some of that loose hair.
Another trick that we recommend is the rubber glove trick. Gather some routine, rubber cleaning gloves and sweep your hands over the car’s surfaces and upholstery. Make sure to only sweep your gloves in one direction, never back and forth. If this is not working, consider lightly wetting your gloves. The loose hair should stick to the surface of the glove or form larger clumps, which are easier to remove.
5. Regularly clean and vacuum your car
Our fifth tip to remove dog hair from your car is to regularly clean and vacuum! Routinely vacuuming your car will not only remove dog hair, but also dust, dirt, and debris. Use a soft brush head to get inside all of the creases of the seat, then, use a crevice tool to clean all the hard-to-reach areas. You never know where that dog hair might be hiding!
At Rocket Carwash, we have free-to-use vacuums for all of our guests! Engineered to work hard and clog less, each vacuum includes a compressed air gun, crevice tool, and super vac. Don’t wait until your car has accumulated dog hair! Stop by your local Rocket Carwash and leave with a fresh, clean car.