2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test


2013 Scion FR-S: Dog Hair Be Gone

February 13, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

This weekend I had to take my dog Mya back to the vet in our 2013 Scion FR-S. I put her doggy blanket down in the backseat like I usually do to protect the seat but her hair still managed to get on the cloth. When I took the car to the car wash for its weekly wash and afterward pointed out to the attendant handing me the key of the "clean" car that they didn't clean the backseat, he said that they couldn't and that it had to be shampooed.

2013 Scion FR-S

That was strange considering they've been able to clean the fur off before. So I asked Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt if we had anything in stock to remove dog fur. After all, we have stuff to clear foggy headlights. Unfortunately we didn't have a magic hair-removing wand on hand so he suggested tape and patience. I borrowed a roll of packing tape from the mail room and went to work.

After 20 strips of extra-sticky tape and sweat, the backseat was fur-free. In any case, I think next time I'll put down a larger blanket to cover the entire backseat.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

Comments

  • alex4515 alex4515 Posts:

    Lint roller!

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Agree with Alex4515.... we've had very good luck using a cheap lint roller.

  • Shop Vac works best for me.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I agree, that's BS. Any upholstery shampoo directions tell you to vacuum off any loose dirt (like dog hair) before using the shampoo. Tip: take a plant mister or any spray bottle that will atomize and give it a couple of shots before using the shop vac on it, doing a couple square feet at a time. The water mist won't get it wet, but it will kill the static charge that holds the hair onto the material.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    I smell laziness. Plus a little bit of dog funk

  • edbradley edbradley Posts:

    A hand-held lint removal brush is sometimes faster than tape.

  • yetiwagon_ yetiwagon_ Posts:

    I pay a flat monthly fee to wash my car as often as I like (usually about once a week). They actually do a good job vacuuming but they want an extra $10 a month to do the doors. Screw that. Instead, I have a packing tape gun for waxing dog hair (very effective for removing evidence of dog occupancy from rental cars!), a bottle of Meguiar's interior detailer and some shop towels. I have a machine washable dog hammock for the back seat, bolster-covering covers for the front seats and a seatbelt harness/zipline for the furry passenger. Together, they do a pretty respectable job of keeping the car presentable.

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