Pets often get the brunt of the blame when it comes to leaving hair around a home, but humans can be just as bad. If you've ever had to deal with hair stuck in a carpet, you know how frustrating it can be to try to get all of it out -- some of it becomes so embedded in the fibers that it's hard to see. Long human hair is even worse because the increased length makes it easier for it to get tangled up around a vacuum brush. Here are a few steps you can take to get that long hair out before trying to vacuum or otherwise clean your carpet.
Some of the hair will be loose enough to remove with your hand, but spotting the hair can be difficult. However, just because you can't see it doesn't mean you have to leave it. Put on a disposable glove and start gently raking through the carpet fibers with your fingers. Be sure your fingertips are actually in the carpet and not lightly touching the tops of the fibers. Looser hairs will start to move into clumps that you can pick up and throw out.
Next, grab a lint roller or several -- not a lint brush, but an adhesive roller -- and start moving it back and forth along the carpet. Start at one corner of the room and sweep back and forth over a segment, remove the individual section of lint roller tape, and repeat the sweeping motion. Keep working on that section until the only things you see on the lint roller are bits of carpet dust. Move on to the next segment of carpet. This can take a while if you have to cover a large room, but it's worth it because the lint rollers can really grab a lot of hairs that have started to sink down and out of reach from your fingers.
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If you think there are still hairs left after that, or you run out of lint rollers, get a spray bottle filled with water and give the carpet a very, very light misting. You're not trying to wet the carpet, but instead just adding a bit of moisture to the top. Take an old brush with rather stiff bristles and gently brush the carpet, moving the brush in one direction. This should gather up a lot of hairs.
Now you're ready to try vacuuming, but stop the vacuum every couple of minutes and check the rollers. Remove any hairs you see that are stuck in the roller brush because if you leave those for too long and let more build up, that can tie up the roller and make it difficult to use the vacuum.
If you want more help in getting your carpet nice and clean, contact a carpet cleaning company like Spotless Carpet Cleaners & Janitorial Services Inc as soon as you can. Hair is nothing to the people who work at the company; they can remove that plus more and get your home's carpets nice and clean.