How to Remove Dog Hair From Car Seats

Removing dog hair from car seats requires persistence and the right tools.

Removing dog hair from car seats requires persistence and the right tools.

Trips to the park—and to a lesser extent, the veterinarian—are filled with excitement for your dog, and mean he gets to ride in the car. What fun! But depending on the time of year and what type of dog you have, this could also mean that a good portion of your beloved pet is going to always be with you, even when he's at home—in the form of a good layer of hair stuck in your car's upholstery. Cleaning this hair off your seats can require time, persistence and a great deal of patience.

Vacuum all loose surface hair from the seats. Rub your hands over the seats while wearing the rubber gloves to gather as much of the loosely stuck hair as possible; then vacuum again. Repeat this process until you have removed as much surface hair as possible.

Break the static hold between the hair and fabric using a damp cloth or dryer sheet, or a spray of equal parts liquid fabric softener and water. This will allow the hair to come free more easily. Wipe the seats down or spray them and let dry. Use the lint brush or a stiff-bristled brush on the seat to loosen and remove the stuck hair.

Apply a sticky-paper lint roller or length of packing tape to remove stubborn hairs. Press the tape or roller against the seat firmly. Use a fresh piece when the current stretch fills with hair.

Cover your seats with a sheet or blanket to keep them as hair free as possible during future outings with your pet. Commercial covers are also available for this purpose and secure to your car's seats snugly to keep them clean. Keep a lint brush or sticky-paper roller in your glove compartment to take care of those stray hairs that manage to get past your defenses.

Items you will need

  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
  • Lint brush
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Sticky lint rollers
  • Packing tape
  • Dryer fabric sheet or liquid fabric softener
  • Rubber gloves
  • Damp cloth


  • Brush your dog regularly to remove as much dead, loose hair as possible. This will lessen the amount of shed hair you find elsewhere.
  • Some dog hair may transfer from you to your car's seats, so check your outfit for hitchhiking pet hair before you get in your car.


  • Be careful when using a stiff-bristled brush on seats, as too much pressure could damage the upholstery.

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