Although we all love our dogs they often have a habit of leaving their mark, particularly if they are primarily indoor pets. The job of cleaning up excess dog hair from your floors in common areas may not be that much of a challenge, but one part of the house can seem to be resistant…carpeted stairs.
Dog hair has a tendency to pile up and accumulate in the corners of the steps and vacuuming alone isn’t always the answer.
One of the effective ways to remove dog hair from carpeted stairs is using clothes dryer sheets before vacuuming. The fur clings to the dryer sheet and since it’s flexible it can easily reach into corners. You can also use a combination of fabric softener and water to lightly spray the steps, but make sure to not soak the carpet. After it dries in a couple of hours you can vacuum the loosened hair.
Another option for removing dog hair from small spaces is using a Scotch-Brite lint roller. They can also remove dog hair from your clothes. When cleaning the steps with the lint roller rub it a few times against the face of the step, then pull off the roller sheet to use a new one. It will start getting filled with hair and no longer be sticky. Continue this process as needed. This works extremely well with shorter dog fur.
Rubber gloves also work well on removing dog hair from carpeted steps. Simply put on the rubber gloves and dip your hands in a bucket of warm water. Then rub your gloved hands on the carpet until you can get the dog hair into small clumps that you can easily pick up and remove. Continue to change the water after about every six steps. Make sure the stairs are dry before vacuuming again.
One last tip that’s also useful but maybe a little more time consuming is the use of household sponges. Simply dampen the sponge with water and wipe the stair area moving your hand from the back of the step to the edge and picking up the fur as it accumulates in balls.