Buying vacuum for pet hair
The first thing you need to consider when purchasing a new vacuum cleaner is what to expect from this vacuum cleaner. Is it suitable for carpets, hardwood floors, or both? Do you want to use it on the stairs? Would you like corded or cordless? Upright or handheld? Then maybe the most important thing; What kind of dirt are you going to clean? Children and pets need more intensive cleaning.
While much of this is down to personal preference, some aspects depend on your needs. If there are stairs on your property that require vacuuming, careful consideration should be given to the type and weight of the model you are purchasing. A heavy vacuum or a vacuum cleaner with a short string can be a nuisance when getting on and off, especially if a pet is walking around your feet. While a detachable or extremely lightweight model will suit you better as you move around your home and between floors.
Most homes now have a combination of floor types that attract pet hair, dust, and other debris, which is why a large number of manufacturers have made the switch between carpeted and hardwood floors seamless in terms of cleaning. Removing hair from carpets and dust, as well as hair from hardwood floors, is a challenge to ensure that you are completely removing the dirt and not blowing it or moving it from one area of your home to another. This is where vacuum cleaners that collect dust and hair behind a seal or filter are best suited to your needs, as they prevent the residue from being blown back onto another area of your floor.
The type of filter the vacuum cleaner contains can also be very important for allergy sufferers, as the filter prevents animal hair and dirt from spreading into the air and causing allergy flare-ups and discomfort. Finding HEPA filters is a good place to start when comparing vacuum cleaner models, as these filters provide great protection for those who are sensitive to hair and dust in the air.
The maneuverability of the vacuum also makes life and cleaning easier for you. If the vacuum cleaner lies flat on the floor or has torsion bar technology, you can clean under and around your furniture and in corners. This eliminates the tedious job or lifting furniture every time you want to vacuum because if we’re honest, pet hair goes anywhere. There is no freestanding piece of furniture on the market that pet hair cannot have behind or under, which means you have to move it around for complete cleaning.
We’ve all smelled at one time or another what can only be accurately described as a “vacuum smell”, that mixture of old dirt and burnt dust from an old vacuum or improperly cleaned machine. The alternative to this is an easy-to-clean and easy-to-empty vacuum. Many models on the market have hygienic cleaning as the dirt chamber is opened with a button and you don’t even have to touch the chamber while holding it over the trash can. By opening these chambers completely, you can clean the inside of the chambers before reconnecting them to the vacuum. That smell is a thing of the past.
Because of the ability of animal hair to spread throughout your home, you will need your vacuum over a sizable space depending on the size of your room. Another consideration when choosing which model to buy is cord length if you are actually opting for a corded vacuum cleaner. There’s nothing worse than getting almost to the edge of a room only to find that you can’t reach the edges and need to switch to a different power outlet to make sure the cable length extends to all room sizes. This problem will be fixed.
You can also choose a cordless model. The models on the market are increasingly improving the battery performance of cordless vacuum cleaners to both extend battery life and reduce charging time. With docking stations included on some models, vacuuming and charging the vacuum cleaner is even easier. The next big decision is where in your home to install the docking station.
Investing in a vacuum cleaner specifically designed for households with pets pays off, as the extra power gives these models a longer life than a standard vacuum cleaner that burns the engine from overuse.
Did you know?
Many vacuum brands and models have a pet-enhanced version for cleaning pet hair and dirt around the home, or can be purchased with a pet adapter or attachment for easy cleaning.