Dogs… Dogs….Dogs… we all love our dogs… And for you cat people, Cats too. We cater to them love them and yep Take them everywhere! Most of us just let them load up in the car or truck and you’re off. But this is not only unsafe for you and your dog but makes a heck of a mess in your car. If you’re going to take your beloved pet with you place them in a crate. This will keep them in a safe location that can be buckled down so in case of an accident they will not fly around your cab and get hurt or killed. Also will keep them off of you while you drive thusly keeping you from getting in an accident. But the best reason for using a crate is keeps your car clean!!
So you decide to just let your dog sit on the seat next to you or in the back seat with the window down with its head hanging out, and loven life. Here are thing you are going to want to do so you don’t have a huge mess and or damage to your vehicle after taking your little friend out for a drive.
First thing is wipe down the windows from the nose prints and or slobber. Its not going to hurt the glass but it does look gross! Speaking of Slobber you will want to wipe that off the door panels and seats. Yes this can stain the plastics and or leather in your car. Saliva has acids in it and can leave Permanent discoloration to your interior parts. Second is vacuum out your car so the hair won’t work its way into the fabric of the seats and carpet. This will also get rid of any dander that is in the car creating a healthier environment for you and passengers. Also make sure any dog food gets picked up as this attract rodents!
Now what to do if you have hair that will NOT come out. This is where it gets tricky and why most details charge extra to remove it. So ill go over from the least aggressive to last resort. First just rub your hand over the carpet in short quick strokes. Make a pile and vacuum it up. If that does not do it try putting on a rubber glove and do the same thing. The rubber glove works great and will allow you to get hair out of areas that are too tight for your vacuum as well as the open areas where the little suckers just will not come out. You can also buy a rubber comb. They do work but I personally feel the rubber glove works just as well if not better. Just like the glove you will want to use short quick strokes to grab and pull the hair lose. If those don’t work this is the last resort and does work but can cause some damage. They make dog hair removal bricks. Some, like the one I use look like lava rock but are made of a glass composite and you can find them on Amazon or my favorite store Autogeek.net. If you don’t want order one you can get a BBQ cleaning brick. It’s a pumas like stone that you can cut down to a workable size. The down side to a BBQ brick is it smells like sulfur and will leave some of the brick behind as it will crumble as you use it. Either one you use will shave some of the fabric as you use it, and you will not want to touch any plastic as it will damage it. Make small strokes and vacuum it as you go. It’s a slow process but it can be done.
But do you and your car a favor. Just leave your pet at home. Its just better for everyone.