So we make them a part of our families and families travel. To the park, to the beach or to the bush; every man, woman, child and dog piles into the car for the trip. The memories we make with our pets last a lifetime. And, unfortunately, so does the pet hair wedged in the car upholstery. If dogs have a downside, it’s shedding their coats frequently! Removing pet hair from your car’s upholstery can be a laborious and painstaking process but we’ve compiled these tweezer-free tips to get rid of the pet hair in your car and to protect your car’s upholstery from pet related incidents and accidents
Tip 1: Save yourself the hassle of spending hours tweezing Fido’s fur out of your car and give your dog’s coat a good brush out before getting into the car. An extra brushing before a car trip will remove excess pet hair that would otherwise end up lodged in your car’s carpets. The type of brush you use may also make a different to how much fur it collects; if you have a particularly hairy dog, invest in a FURminator, specifically designed to thin out a dog’s undercoat and loose fur.
Tip 2: Buy a Petrider or similar seat cover for your car. They keep fur (among other things like sand, dirt and water) off your car seats and can be easily removed, washed and stored until the next time you want to take your pooch to the beach.
Tip 3: It’s important to keep your pets contained when they are travelling in a vehicle, so harness or crate your pets in transit. Not only will using a crate for travel reduce your car’s exposure to pet hair and other pet related dirt and smells (wet dog anyone?) but it will also keep your pet safer during travel.
Tip 4: Get a pet cleaner such as the Bissell Pet Eraser. This is the proper tool for the job, a small hand held and powerful vacuum that will remove hair without an issue from seats, carpets or anywhere else it may have got. These are also excellent around the house.
There are enough hazards on the road without adding a distracting dog or frantic feline to the mix. Accidents do happen, so it’s also important to make sure you’re protected by car insurance. Some comprehensive car insurance providers even provide pet insurance as an optional extra with their car insurance. Make sure you compare insurance providers and select the provider who best suits your needs and budget. Happy travels!