Having pets is a wonderful experience, one that can deeply enrich your
life. Although there are some negatives with pet ownership, the
positives far outweigh them. One of those negatives is dealing with
When I got my current dogs, I didn’t realize how much they shed. I
would vacuum and sweep one day, only to find more the next day–or even
a few hours later. They get stuck on my black clothing, can be seen
blowing around the air, and even changes the color of my carpets if I
let it get really out of control! Thankfully, I managed to find some of
the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair on Amazon.com and now I spend
less time dealing with their hair, and more time loving them.
Here are 3 reasons why animal hair is such a pain for you… and for the
Pet Hair VacuumIt clogs bags
– There are some vacuum cleaner bags that clog very easily. As you shop
around, be sure the unit you are interested in does not have a bag that
gets hampered by pet hair.
It blows away – This
is an issue I hear pet owners complain about the most. As they try to
vacuum up the hair, the machines exhaust air blows it away before they
even get close enough. This is especially true with hardwood floors and
tile or linoleum surfaces. Where the hair gets blown, nobody knows. All
I know is that it turns up an hour later on my pants or in the rug. Most hardwood vacuum cleaners are designed to work great on wood floors, but not all of them are designed with pet owners in mind
It gets embedded into carpets
– Speaking of “in the rug” that is exactly what happens. Hair gets shed
or blown onto carpets and it can at times be quite difficult to remove.
I have a wool carpet with a very dense but short nap, and when dog hair
gets pushed into it from people walking across it, without the right
cleaning tool, I know I would be in trouble.
Putting It All Together
Before making any purchases, make sure it has the following options:
An on/off switch for the roller
brush – Usually a roller brush is great for pulling up dog
or cat hair, especially out of a wool rug like mine. The problem is
when trying to clean a smooth surface, the roller might simply blow it
out of reach. Being able to turn the roller brush on and off will save
you time and headache.
A hose and a variety of
attachments – Animal hair can easily get on couches and
chairs. Unless you want to lift your vacuum up onto your furniture, be
sure it comes with the proper attachments to tackle the job of removing
it from furniture.
A non-clogging bag or dirt
receptacle – I lean more toward the bagless. The advantage
if this unit is you don’t have to buy separate bags. You also don’t
have to worry about thick strands clogging up the bag and reducing
suction power. You may have to empty the unit more often, but it’s
better than spending a lot of time trouble-shooting a bag vacuum that
is losing suction.
The most effective way to find the right vacuum is to read through
customer feedback reviews and take note of what others in your same
situation have experienced.