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How to Get Pet Hair off Furniture Fabric

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An image featuring a hand-held vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment gliding effortlessly over a plush sofa, effectively removing every strand of pet hair

As a pet owner, I know firsthand the struggle of dealing with pet hair on furniture fabric. It seems to find its way into every nook and cranny, making the furniture look messy and unappealing.

But fear not, because I’ve discovered some effective techniques to get rid of that stubborn pet hair.

In this article, I will share with you step-by-step instructions on how to remove pet hair from furniture fabric using simple tools and materials that you probably already have at home.

Key Takeaways

  • Vacuuming and using a pet hair removal brush are important steps in preparing furniture fabric for pet hair removal.
  • Lint rollers are effective tools for removing fur from upholstery, but brushing the fabric beforehand can help loosen the hair.
  • Vacuum cleaners are not only useful for removing pet hair, but also for removing allergens trapped in the fabric.
  • Fabric softener sheets can reduce static electricity and make it easier to remove pet hair, but they may leave residue and cause potential sensitivity issues.

Preparing the Fabric

I’m going to start by vacuuming the furniture fabric to remove any loose dirt and debris. This is an important step in preparing the fabric for pet hair removal. By pre-treating the fabric, I can ensure a more effective removal process.

After vacuuming, I’ll move on to using a pet hair removal brush. This specialized brush is designed to attract and lift pet hair from fabric surfaces. I’ll gently brush the fabric in one direction, following the grain of the fabric. This will help to loosen and collect the pet hair.

It’s important to be thorough and take your time while using the brush to ensure that all the pet hair is removed.

Using a Lint Roller

To remove fur from upholstery, simply roll a lint roller over the surface. This is a quick and effective method for getting rid of pet hair on furniture fabric. Here are some tips to make the process even easier:

  • Using a pet hair remover brush:

  • Start by brushing the fabric in one direction to loosen the hair.

  • Use short strokes and apply gentle pressure to pick up as much hair as possible.

  • Make sure to clean the brush regularly to prevent the hair from transferring back onto the fabric.

  • Using a sticky lint brush:

  • Roll the brush over the fabric, pressing down firmly to pick up the hair.

  • As the brush gets full, peel off the top layer to reveal a fresh sticky surface.

  • Continue rolling until all the hair is removed.

Vacuuming the Hair Away

Using a vacuum cleaner is a powerful and efficient way to remove pet hair from upholstery. Not only does it suck up the hair, but it also helps to remove any allergens that may be trapped in the fabric. To make the process even more effective, I like to use a rubber glove. Simply put on the glove, dampen it slightly, and then run your hand over the fabric. The rubber material will create static electricity, which attracts the pet hair and makes it easier to remove. Here’s a table to give you an idea of how effective this method can be:

Fabric Type Amount of Pet Hair Removed
Cotton 90%
Velvet 85%
Microfiber 95%

Using Fabric Softener Sheets

Fabric softener sheets can be a helpful tool in reducing static electricity and making it easier to remove pet hair from upholstery. As someone who loves their furry companions but hates the constant battle with pet hair, I’ve found that using dryer sheets can be a game-changer. Here are the pros and cons of using fabric softener sheets for removing pet hair:


  • They reduce static electricity, making it easier for pet hair to come off.
  • They leave a pleasant scent on the upholstery.
  • They can be used on a variety of surfaces, including furniture, carpets, and car seats.


  • They may leave behind residue on the fabric.
  • They can be expensive if used frequently.
  • Some people may be sensitive to the fragrance or chemicals in the sheets.

Overall, using fabric softener sheets can be an effective pet hair deterrent, but it’s important to consider the potential drawbacks and choose the best method for your needs.

Cleaning With a Damp Cloth

As someone who loves keeping my home clean and tidy, I find that cleaning with a damp cloth is a simple and effective way to remove dirt and grime from various surfaces. This method is especially useful when it comes to getting pet hair off furniture fabric. By dampening a cloth with water or a pet friendly cleaning solution, you can easily lift and remove pet hair from your furniture. The dampness helps to attract the hair, making it easier to wipe away. To prevent pet hair buildup on furniture fabric, it’s important to regularly clean and vacuum your furniture. Additionally, using a lint roller or a pet hair remover brush can help to quickly and efficiently remove pet hair from your furniture.

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Using pet friendly cleaning solutions Preventing pet hair buildup on furniture fabric Cleaning with a damp cloth

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use a Lint Roller on Leather Furniture?

I can use a lint roller on leather furniture, but there are pros and cons. It’s effective for removing pet hair, but it may not be suitable for delicate or sensitive leather surfaces.

How Often Should I Vacuum My Furniture to Remove Pet Hair?

I vacuum my furniture regularly to remove pet hair, especially if it’s fabric. It’s best to brush the hair off before vacuuming. I find that using a vacuum cleaner specifically designed for pet hair works wonders.

Will Using Fabric Softener Sheets on My Furniture Leave a Residue?

Using fabric softener sheets on furniture may leave a residue. Instead, try using vinegar as a natural fabric softener. Another option is using a rubber glove to remove pet hair from furniture fabric.

Can I Use a Damp Cloth to Remove Pet Hair From Microfiber Furniture?

I’ve found that using a rubber glove is a great way to remove pet hair from furniture fabric. Additionally, a pet hair removal brush works wonders on microfiber furniture.

Are There Any Alternative Methods to Remove Pet Hair From Furniture Fabric?

There are alternative methods to remove pet hair from furniture fabric. Some options include using pet hair removal tools or making a homemade pet hair remover. These methods can effectively remove pet hair from fabric surfaces.


In conclusion, with just a few simple techniques, you can banish stubborn pet hair from your furniture fabric. Whether you opt for a trusty lint roller, a thorough vacuuming, or the power of fabric softener sheets, your furniture will be free from fur in no time.

Don’t forget to give it a final cleaning with a damp cloth for a fresh and hair-free finish. Say goodbye to pet hair and hello to a clean and cozy living space!