How To Get More Pet Hair Out Of Your Carpet

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If you have a cat or dog, you might always feel like your carpet is full of hair, no matter how much you vacuum. Regular vacuuming, sadly, does not always pick up enough of the pet hair. To get more hair out of your carpeting, follow these tips:

Brush your carpet before vacuuming.

When all of the hairs are separated and individual, they cling to the carpet very easily and may become woven through the fibers in a manner that makes them hard for the vacuum to suck up. If you brush the carpet in the manner described below, however, you get some of the hairs to clump together, making them easier to vacuum up.

Use a stiff, sturdy brush, and start in one corner of the room. Start brushing in large circles, as this will cause the hairs to clump together. You'll likely even see clumps of hair forming on the top of the carpet. Move across the room until the entire carpet has been brushed. This process is time-consuming, so you may want to do it just every few weeks to keep hair at bay.

Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda.

Baking soda is often used on carpets because of its odor-eliminating abilities, but did you know it can help loosen hair, too? The baking soda absorbs moisture that may be lingering in your carpet fibers, which makes the fibers less likely to hold onto hair. On days you don't feel like brushing your whole carpet before vacuuming, sprinkle it liberally with baking soda, and let the baking soda sit for 2 – 3 hours before vacuuming it up. If you're trying to eliminate odors and hair, you can let it sit even longer – up to a day – for a more pronounced effect.

Vacuum along the wall last.

Sometimes when you're vacuuming a very hairy rug, some of the hair might be "blown" by the vacuum towards the outer edges of your room. If you vacuum the outer edges and along the walls first, and then vacuum the middle, you'll be leaving hair behind that blew from the middle to the outside. Thus, in order to get more hair off the carpet, it's best to vacuum the middle of the room first, and then go around the outside. Make sure you use your wand attachment to vacuum along the baseboard – hair can hide out here and then be blown back into the room later.

As a pet owner, you will probably never have a completely hairless carpet. However, with the tips above, you can have a less hairy one! Having your carpet professionally cleaned every few months will go a long way towards helping with this issue, too, since steam cleaning is great for extracting hair. Contact a company such as Gulf Coast Carpet Cleaning for assistance.

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