cleaning dog hair

Cleaning Dog Hair Out of the Carpet

Dogs are man’s best friends. They are loyal, friendly, and fluffy, but all that fluff has to go somewhere. Like people, dogs shed hair and grow new hair all the time. But all that shedding can become your carpet’s (and vacuum cleaner’s) worst nightmare. Many breeds of dogs go through one or two major shedding sessions during the year, and some shed heavily year-round. How can you keep dog hair out of your carpet and furniture so that you’re not constantly kicking up clouds of shed fur? How do you get that super-embedded fur out of the carpet fibers?

Here at Steamatic of Red River Valley, we know carpet cleaning at both of our locations in Fargo, ND, and Grand Forks, ND. It’s what we do best. Here are our best ways to remove dog hair from your carpet using various at-home techniques. 

Common Pet Hair Cleaning Methods

Keeping a dog means regular pet hair removal, so your house stays clean. You can use these maintenance measures to pick up most of the pet hair from your carpets regularly.

Clean Up Dog Hair with Baking Soda


Baking soda helps break down anything holding the pet hair in place. It also helps to remove pet odor from your carpets and furniture where your dogs most like to sleep or play. 

Steamatic of the Red River Valley is also ready to help with those odors that may sneak past the baking soda.

  • Open a fresh box of baking soda or baking-soda-based carpet cleaning powder
  • Sprinkle the baking soda over your carpet to distribute an even layer of baking soda
  • Leave for about ten minutes
  • Vacuum up the baking soda and dog hair.
  • Empty your vacuum as you go to keep it from clogging.

Clean Up Dog Hair with Fabric Softener

Dog hairs may need a little help getting out of your carpet, and fabric softener can help the carpet fibers “let go” of the embedded hair. 

  • Mix water and fabric softener in a spray bottle at a 3:1 ratio
  • Lightly mist the affected carpet area
  • Leave for 5-20 minutes
  • Vacuum the carpet as normal

Use a Sponge Mop or Squeegee

Some of those dog hairs have been walked into your carpet for months. It can be nearly impossible to remove them. But first, try a big sponge.

  • Get a really big sponge mop or squeegee
  • Dampen the sponge, then wring the excess water squeeze
  • Rub your carpets with the sponge
  • The dog hairs should start clumping on the damp sponge

Pet Hair Carpet Rakes

Carpet rakes are a nifty tool that does exactly what it sounds like it does. It disturbs and rakes the carpet fibers, causing more pet hair to become loose and come up. Many types of pet hair will roll into the rake like leaves, clumping into piles as you pull the fur from the carpet.

  • Gently and thoroughly rake your carpet
  • Collect the hair that comes up
  • Vacuum as usual

Pet Hair Vacuums

There are some vacuums designed specifically not to choke on pet hair. You know how bad a thickly coated carpet can be for your vacuum. If your dogs shed a lot and have the type of hair that chokes the vacuum, consider getting a pet hair vacuum for your dog’s favorite rooms and furniture. 

Steamatic of the Red River Valley has commercial vacuums that reach deep into the carpet, removing the pet hair and dirt.

Try the Professionals at Steamatic of the Red River Valley for Carpet Cleaning in Grand Forks & Fargo

Still have pet hair embedded deep in your carpet? While they’re worth a try, some DIY methods don’t typically work 100%, but Steamatic of the Red River Valley can help you keep the level of pet hair down with an amazing professional carpet cleaning. Our team at Steamatic of Red River Valley, in Fargo, ND and Grand Forks, ND, has access to high-powered carpet cleaning equipment and techniques designed to knock stains and embedded pet hair right out of your carpet fiber. Contact us today to book a professional carpet cleaning and see your dog’s favorite carpet returned to like-new condition.