I have been asked many times how to get long hair out of carpet without spending so much time and effort. Getting long hair out of carpet is quite a hard job to do. Those who have long hair or have pets with long hair can relate to that. It is not pleasant to have a carpet full of hair or have to fight every day with those little carpet threads, but if you use the correct tools, it can be a much easier job.
How to Get Long Hair Out of Carpet
|1. Vacuum Cleaning with a Motorized Brush Roll|
|2. Clean with a Rubber Broom|
|3. Use Rug Rakes|
|4. Use a Shower Squeegee with a Rubber Head|
|5. Sponge with a Sponge Mop & Lukewarm Water|
|6. DIY Sticky Roller|
|7. Fabric Softener to Make the Hair Pull off more easily|
|8. Rubber Gloves & Rubber Shoes|
1. Vacuum Cleaning with a Motorized Brush Roll:
First of all, a good vacuum cleaner with powerful suction should be able to get long hair out of carpet. However, you generally find that it is the more expensive one. I have seen people who already have a top-rated vacuum cleaner and still have trouble getting long hair from the carpet. Below are a few cheaper options to consider that may help you.
Most vacuums will remove hidden hair from your carpet. Make sure to use the pet hair brushes which are specialized for hair removal. While cleaning the carpet, make sure to use full airflow.
Sometimes when your carpet doesn’t have a good pile then it can come up while vacuuming. If you decrease the suction then it should solve the problem. If your vacuum has a brushroll, then it may tangle after a few uses on long hair. Long hair tangled brush rolls can be disgusting things to clean. So, if you do not want to face this problem just buy a vacuum that comes with tangle-free brush tools.
2. Clean with a Rubber Broom:
If you ask me how to get long hair out of your carpet without causing any harm to it, then I would suggest using a rubber broom. If your house is mostly covered with carpet and rugs, then this is the thing you need for regular cleaning. Rubber brooms can work on any kind of carpets. I have seen many professional salons using this type of cleaning tool too.
It’s a very easy & handy solution for fast and regular cleaning. No matter if you have rugs, stairs covered with carpet, or a whole room carpet, you can simply sweep it with a rubber broom. Choose a wider bristle head if your carpet is big.
Most of the time long hair gets stuck within the carpet fibers. To clean the fibers with a rubber broom, make sure you pull the dirt rather than pushing it. It is more efficient and easier. You’ll see the bristles of rubber are more effective than a regular carpet brush to remove hair.
You can quickly clean the dirty broom head by washing it with soap and water.
3. Use a Rug Rake:
Most rug rakes are specially made for pet fur and long hair. It is more appropriate for deeper fiber carpets as the bristles grab the long hair and remove it from the carpet.
You can use it just like a carpet brush to remove the hair. The long handle of the rake is usually adjustable. Personally, I find that rug rakes are more useful for rugs and long fiber carpets. After using your rake, just simply comb it to remove the leftover hair from the bristles.
4. Shower Squeegee with a Rubber Head:
A shower squeegee is one of my favorite cleaning tools to get long hair out of carpet. Most of us will already have a shower squeegee in our house so it won’t cost you anything to try it.
It’s only really helpful on small-fiber carpets, not rugs. Unlike a rubber broom or rug rake, you can’t really clean a large area with it, more like just for ‘spot’ cleaning.
5. Sponge Mop & Lukewarm Water:
You can use a normal kitchen sponge that is bigger in size and wet with lukewarm water. Then thoroughly move it across the whole carpet. It may not be the best way to remove hair from carpets that are large in size.
Larger carpets will take so much more time and effort to clean this way. It is effective when the carpet size is small, and the hair amount is not too heavy. There are few pet hair sponges available in the market that you can use without soaking in water. I personally did not find those very much use but if you do try a sponge then try using it soaking in water first.
6. DIY Sticky Roller:
The sticky roller is an interesting kind of product to get long hair from carpet. You can buy one or simply can make one yourself. Get a painting roller and wrap it with thick double-sided duct tape. Now roll it over your carpet. It should be good enough for a medium-size carpet.
The only hassle is changing the tape every time the glue isn’t as sticky. The same goes for the sticky rollers you can buy. You can also use the sticky rollers available from the store but after heavy use, you’ll need to wash the roll and you can’t really work with it until it’s completely dry. Although this can be a less costly solution, I wouldn’t suggest this type of roller for heavy and frequent use.
7. Fabric Softener to Make the Hair Pull off more easily:
Now you can sweep or simply vacuum the hair from your carpet. Fabric softeners make the hair loosen and easier to remove.
To make the fabric softener solution take one part fabric softener and two parts lukewarm water in a spray bottle. Make sure you do not spray too much and ruin your carpet!
8. Rubber Gloves & Rubber Shoes:
This one will make you laugh, but trust me, it works. Rubber gloves and shoes work like magic, and you can clean the whole carpet by yourself.
So these little tricks you can try to get rid of that hair. If you have a dust allergy, always wear a mask while cleaning. To prevent any dust odor, you can simply sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and let it sit for a few minutes, then just vacuum your carpet, and the whole room will be deodorized.
What I do to Get Long Hair Out of my Carpet
I live in a home with 2 black Labrador dogs a wife and 2 daughters. Both of the ‘girls’ have long hair and always have, my wife included. On top of this, my 2 dogs are always shedding pet hair all over the place, especially during the summer months.
Because I only work part-time then the housework duties are mine which I don’t mind at all. For getting all the hair, including long hair, out of the carpet I use 2 vacuums, not because I need two but it is my preference.
For the main carpeted rooms I use a SharkFlex, I have had that for nearly 3 years and can’t fault it.
When I got the Shark it came with a motorized pet tool, extension wand, short wand, and a brush. I clean the filters (foam) every month or so and empty the detachable dust cup after every use, that is all I need to do.
Keep an eye out for any deals available that get the free pet tool.
It has both high and low suction, the high is used for carpets, low for hardwood floors, and thinner carpets. The pet brush is amazing, I do the dog beds every other day and it just picks the dog hair up easily.
The other vacuum I have is a Henry vacuum which is essentially a canister. The reason I have the Henry is that I dust with it using the soft brush with the short wand. It is a powerful vacuum and I just drag it around on its 4 wheels, it has a long cord – 33 ft and a HEPA filter, perfect for sucking up the dust.
- Powerful 0. 9 HP vacuum cleaner with 680 watt motor
- Rewind head stores the 33- foot power cord internally
- At only 47 dB(A) it is one of the quietest vacuums on the market
- AutoSave technology saves energy, reducing running costs
- Easy to change Hepa-Flo bags
- MultiFLEX Technology provides flexible reach for under furniture and freestanding, compact storage.
- DuoClean Technology features a bristle brush to deep clean carpets and an additional soft brushroll to pull in larger particles and directly engage floors for a polished look.
- Designed to pick up pet hair and dander from upholstery and floors. Traps pet-related allergens inside the vacuum. Warning-this vacuum does not stand up on its own using the unit when it lacks stability may result in personal injury. To place in multiflex storage mode, press the multiflex wand button and gently fold the handheld vacuum forward toward the floor nozzle
- Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology captures and traps 99.9% of dust and allergens down to 1 micron.** Based on ASTM 1977
- Floor-to-ceiling versatility. Easily converts to a handheld vacuum for above-floor cleaning and more.