How to Keep Hardwood Floors Clean of Dog Hair

Brushing your dog's coat regularly reduces the amount of hair she sheds.
Brushing your dog's coat regularly reduces the amount of hair she sheds. (Image: ClaireMcAdams/iStock/Getty Images)

The good news is that hardwood floors are one of the best flooring types for effectively removing dog hair. The bad news is you need to sweep -- and maybe mop -- at least once a week to keep hardwood floors clean. Dog hair accumulates on hardwood floors over time, piling up in corners and spoiling the floor's appearance. Regularly sweeping or vacuuming your floor keeps it free of most dog hair, and mopping it cleans up the fine hairs your broom or vacuum miss. How frequently you need to clean your floor depends on how much your dog sheds.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom or vacuum cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Mop
  • Floor detergent (optional)

Sweep or vacuum your hardwood floor, removing all the visible dog hairs whenever you begin to notice the hair. If your dog is molting or generally sheds plenty of hair, you might need to do this every day.

Fill a bucket with warm water and add 1/2 cup white vinegar once a week to mop your hardwood floor, picking up the fine dog hairs. This mild vinegar solution also helps to dissolve greasy or sticky film that can form on hardwood floors.

Mop hardwood floors with floor detergent and warm water once a month or as often as needed to clean up dirt and sticky patches. A dirty hardwood floor attracts dog hair but detergent effectively cleans it.

Tips & Warnings

  • A microfiber or electrostatic dry mop removes thick and fine dog hair effectively from hardwood floors.
  • If you're treating your dog for fleas, put all the sweepings or the vacuum cleaner bag in the trash outdoors.
  • To give hardwood floors a shine, mix vegetable oil and white vinegar in a 50/50 solution, apply a thin film and polish the wood vigorously. Take care not to make the floor so slippery that your dog can't walk across it without sliding.
  • For owners who are tired of constantly cleaning up dog hair, staining the hardwood floor to match the dog's coat is a low-maintenance, slightly messy solution.

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