How to Clean Dog Hair Out of Vehicles

by Amanda Maddox
    Rover loves to feel the wind in his hair.

    Rover loves to feel the wind in his hair.

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    In a perfect world, your vehicle's interior is the exact same color as your non-shedding dog who loves to ride. However, in the real world your pooch traveling with you leaves a mess. Luckily, cleaning dog hair out of your car is a task that only takes a few minutes with the right tools and tricks.

    Step 1

    Vacuum the seat and floor, removing as much dog hair as possible. Doing this first also helps remove dirt that may otherwise get ground into the fabric.

    Step 2

    Wipe the seat with your hand while wearing a rubber glove. Go from the top of the seat downward and from the back of the seat to the front with short, fast swipes. Watch the hair roll up into a ball. If you don’t have a rubber glove, use a fabric sweeper designed to remove pet hair.

    Step 3

    Clean the seat and carpet with a damp sponge or terry cloth and remove the remaining dog hair. Keep a bowl of clean water close by and rinse the sponge often.

    Step 4

    Vacuum the area again. This should take care of any stray hairs hanging around.

    Step 5

    Wipe down the dash, doors and console with a cleaner for car interiors. Save this step for last because the vacuum may cause dust and debris to float through the air, landing on your dash and console.

    Items You Will Need

    • Vacuum
    • Rubber glove
    • Fabric sweeper
    • Sponge or terry cloth
    • Bowl of water


    • Cover your seats with towels or seat covers to prevent dog hair from getting on them.

    Photo Credits

    • Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Amanda Maddox began writing professionally in 2007. Her work appears on various websites focusing on topics about medical billing, coding, real estate, insurance, accounting and business. Maddox has her insurance and real estate licenses and holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and business administration from Wallace State Community College.

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