How to Remove Pet Hair from Carpet

Window squeegee and dog on carpet.
The rubber blade on a window squeegee removes pet hair from carpet.

Pet hair from dogs and cats can become embedded in carpet and is hard to remove even by vacuuming. To remove pet hair from carpeting, attach an old mop handle to a window squeegee, and use the rubber blade to rake up the pet hair.

Once most of the pet hair has been removed, vacuum the carpet thoroughly to get the rest. Watch this video to find out more.

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Joe Truini: My friend Blackie here is a sweetie pie, but she tends to leave black fur all over the rug. In this case I even vacuumed the rug, but you still can’t get up all the fur, because it gets stuck down in the fibers.

So I found one way to get up the fibers is with a squeegee. This is just a common window squeegee that I attached to an old mop handle. And it has a sponge on one side, but the other side, it has a really firm, rigid rubber squeegee.

And I found that if you rake that across the carpet—excuse me there, Blackie. You can see after just a few strokes—look at that, little pieces of Blackie coming up here—there you go.

And what you can do is, and it goes pretty quickly. You can get squeegees wider than this, this is only eight inches wide. You can get a wider one if you have a larger room. And you see it just pulls the fur right out of the deep fibers of the carpet.

Once they’re pulled up, once you get them all raked up like that, you just lift them up and toss them out or maybe then come back with a vacuum and get the rest.


  1. I’m hoping to try this really soon.We have a Catahoula chow mix, and our son has a lovely dog, too. they play here on Sundays. and then in Mondays, we might be eating a little bit of dog hair Looking forward to trying this one out.

  2. They sell pet hair carpet rakes (with a squeegee on the end) on amazon now, just like this concept. Thanks for this, I didn’t even know stuff like this existed. I’ve been on the floor with a darned grooming brush ahhhh

  3. It is interesting that you recommend using a squeegee or some sort of rubber blade to rake up the pet hair. My wife and I just rescued a three-year-old dog and we’ve noticed a lot of dog hair and pee all over our carpets lately. We may consider reaching out to a professional to come clean our carpets.

  4. I just tried this then after vacuuming for ages today with no luck getting all the fur out of the carpet!!! Cannot believe how well it worked. I wish I had learnt this years ago. Thank you so very much.

    • Glad to hear you enjoyed this tip, Maddison! Please feel free to share it with friends — that’s how we’re able to create similar content.


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