How to Prevent Dog Hair from Taking Over Your Furniture - Nolan Interior

How to Prevent Dog Hair from Taking Over Your Furniture

We have a few tips and tricks up our sleeve that should help keep your house clean from dog hair, without putting in quite as much work.

Dog hair is an issue that so many dog owners have to deal with. If you’re frustrated with the amount of dog hair that’s floating around your house and sticking to your furniture and all of your rugs, just know that you’re not alone. You might feel like you’re constantly vacuuming your floors and furniture, to turn around and find even more hair on the couch a few minutes later.

The purpose of this post is to hopefully make your life a little bit easier. We can’t prevent your dog from shedding, but we do have a few tips and tricks up our sleeve that should help keep your house clean, without putting in quite as much work.

Understanding the Problem

shedding dog on a sofa


Here’s most likely your situation:

  • You have a dog or several dogs
  • They’re shedding like crazy
  • You’re cleaning your furniture A LOT to get rid of dog hair
  • You’re noticing hair everywhere in your house, even places your dog doesn’t go
  • You spend hours every week cleaning, but it doesn’t seem to help

You shouldn’t need to stress so much about the cleanliness of your house. Let’s go ahead and dive into our solutions so that you can enjoy both your house and dog, without worrying about dog hair so much.

Solution 1 - Rubber Brush

rubber brush

I made this the first solution, because people that have used rubber brushes swear by them. It has been a life changer for a lot of dog owners, with how easy they make it to remove dog hair. Rubber brushes work best on furniture and rugs, where there’s fabric and it’s tough to get the hair out.

Sometimes dog hair gets so stuck in the fabric, that it becomes impossible to vacuum the hair off the material. Instead of spending hours trying to get the hair out with a vacuum, using a rubber brush will do the trick. Use the rubber brush on your furniture, and the dog hair will come off quickly.

Solution 2 - Robot Vacuum

robot vacuum cleaning

If you’re dealing with an excess of dog hair in the house, chances are you’re spending way too much time vacuuming. It seems like more hair is being shed from your dog, than hair being picked up from the vacuum, which makes it impossible to keep up. Plus, you can’t spend your entire life vacuuming dog hair.

Robot vacuums are a game changer. You can keep them running frequently, to take a lot of the work off of your shoulders, which will make your life much easier. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t ever vacuum yourself, but it does mean you shouldn’t have to vacuum every single day. Another nice thing about robot vacuums is how quick they’re able to pick up hair after it’s been shed. The quicker you’re able to vacuum hair, the less likely it’ll be to get in your furniture.

closeup of robot vacuum

Most dog owners who have robot vacuums have said that it’s taken a huge load off their cleaning responsibilities. They can be a little pricey, so it’s important that you look at it as an investment into your time and overall happiness.

Solution 3 - Couch Covers for Dogs

two dogs on a a couch with couch covers

Dog couch covers are our favorite solution to the dog hair problem. They help prevent dog hair from ever even getting on your furniture. We know that furniture is one of the hardest things to deal with when it comes to dog hair. They can be really difficult to clean, so why not prevent dog hair from getting on your couch in the first place?

Our couch covers for dogs work great with most sofas. All you need to do is make sure your sofa cushion measurements align with our sofa cover dimensions, and then stretch the cover over your desired sofa parts and you're good to go. It’s proven to be very effective in protecting your furniture from dog hair.

They’re easy to clean too. Simply put them in the wash on a low setting, and then dry on a tumble setting, or let them air dry.

three dogs on a couch with couch covers

Here are some of the reviews from customers who have used our couch covers to prevent dog hair from getting on their furniture:

  • “We have 3 dogs and these work great to keep dog hair off the cushions” - Jill A.
  • “After buying endless amounts of covers, I finally found the perfect ones! Finally something that doesn’t look messy. They haven’t moved an inch since I put them on, not even with my 90 lb dog. I’m completely happy with these and I highly recommend them!” - Mary B.
  • “Just buy them, they are fantastic. I have 3 dogs, 4 grandchildren and they stay clean, dog hair does not get caught in them, they wash beautifully. Really you need these. My daughter has ordered them and I’ve  ordered another set.” - Monica B.

We have over 120,000 customers who love our sofa covers. Give them a try, we’re sure they’ll help you with your dog hair problem.

Solution 4 - Brush Your Dog Frequently

woman brushing her husky dog

The reason you’re finding dog hair all over your furniture and throughout the house is directly caused by the amount of hair that your dog is shedding. One of the best ways to fight against the shedding is to make sure you’re brushing your dog enough. If you have dogs with long hair, this is even more important.

When you brush your dog, make sure you brush them outside. The last thing you want to do is brush them inside, adding even more dog hair to the mix.

Brushing their hair and getting all of the loose hair off your dog when you’re outside will prevent all that hair from falling off your dog when they’re inside. The more frequently you can brush them, the less hair you’ll find inside your house.

Solution 5 - Regular Baths

A dog getting a bath

Depending on how much your dog likes/dislikes baths, this could either be fun for you and your dog, or a difficult one to pull off. It has a similar effect to brushing your dog, but think of it as more of a “deep clean”.

If you have a dog that enjoys baths, I would take advantage of this solution, because it can make a big difference. Again, just like brushing your dog, this helps remove any loose hair so that it isn’t shed on your furniture or anywhere else in your home.

Reality with Long-Haired Dogs

A long-haired dog laying on a couch with couch covers

With long-haired dogs, the reality is that they’re going to shed. You’re going to have some hair around your house and on your furniture. 

No matter what measures you take, it’s important to get comfortable with the idea that you’ll need to do a little more cleaning when you have a dog.


Dog hair taking over furniture is a problem that so many dog owners struggle with. This isn’t a problem that’s unique to you, but that doesn’t mean you just have to deal with it. There are a lot of solutions for this problem.

To recap, here are our favorites:

  1. Use a rubber brush
  2. Invest in a robot vacuum cleaner
  3. Use couch covers on your furniture
  4. Frequently brush your dog
  5. Give your dog regular baths

This won’t make your home and furniture completely hairless, but if you implement these solutions, you’ll find that your home has a lot less hair than it did before. We hope those solutions make your life at least a little easier!