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Pets are generally a constant source of love and companionship for many people, but a lot of pet owners know that keeping pets require maintenance, especially when it comes to their homes. One of the biggest problems for pet owners is pet hair. If your dog or cat sheds, you may know all too well how fur and hair can get on and into just about anything. Moreover, pet hair is extremely difficult to remove from carpets and upholstery. When left to embed onto furnishings and floors, pet hair can also cause allergic reactions.
Thankfully, many popular vacuum manufacturers are realizing the potential in pet hair cleanup and have designed vacuum cleaners specifically suited for cleaning up pet hair. These vacuums include a number of different features and characteristics which make them very desirable to a number of pet owners. As such, when it comes to choosing a pet vacuum cleaner, there are a number of features to keep in mind, specifically the power and suction the unit offers, as well the accessories it comes with. See below for more details on pet vacuum cleaners or click here to see or complete selection of pet vacuum cleaners:
Power and suction are key
Many residential vacuum cleaners are supposed to run on an aggressive brushroll that first sweeps your carpet and then pushes debris into a suction tube on one side. Unfortunately, the problem with this design style is that pet hair and fur tends to wrap around the brushroll and then ground back into your carpet. As such, you may have noticed that when this happens, you find yourself cutting out pet hair out of the brushroll. With that in mind, two of the most important features to look for when choosing a pet vacuum are power and suction. A vacuum with sufficient power and suction will actually clean your carpet over the brushroll and suck pet hair into the vacuum's bag or chamber.
Suction power demonstrates the "pulling" power of a vacuum cleaner's motor and this is especially important when a vacuum will be used on thick, plush carpets or to clean debris like pet hair. Without strong motor ability, airflow cannot continue under obstructed conditions and the vacuum will "choke." With that said, when looking for a pet vacuum, choose a model that provides ample power and suction.
Check the vacuum's tubing
In addition to sufficient power, a good pet vacuum will have suction tubing located in the middle of the head so that suction power is distributed evenly. As a result, this prevents pet hair from wrapping around the brushroll.
Look for upright vacuums as opposed to canister models
As a general rule, upright vacuums tend to be more effective than canister vacuums when it comes to removing pet hair. This is because they often include motorized brush heads that are better at pulling fur away from carpet and upholstery fibers. Nonetheless, there are some canister vacuum cleaners that come with turbo brushes that are specifically designed for this task such as the Eureka 3684D Mighty Mite with Power Paw Brush
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Pets can also leave behind unsightly stains on your carpet. If this is the case, also consider purchasing a carpet shampooer. Vacuums such as the Bissell SpotLifter lift and remove stains and dirt before they become set in.
Pay attention to filtration methods
Pet dander, as well as pet feces, urine, and saliva, can also act as allergens, cause runny noses and eyes, sneezing, rashes, and other undesirable side effects. Pet dander is also capable of collecting and harboring other allergens such as dust and pollen. In addition, pet hair is a breeding ground for mold, fungi, and bacteria. As such, a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter has the ability to catch 99.97% of the smallest particles up to 0.3 microns, including pet dander. Therefore, if you're in the market for a pet vacuum cleaner, it's not a bad idea to look for a model with a HEPA filter such as the Miele S184 Powerhouse . For even greater protection against microbiological contaminants, there are even vacuum cleaners that utilize UV sterilization such as the Halo 3290 UV ST. This vacuum kills microbes, viruses, and germs on contact.
Purchase specialized pet vacuum tools
If your vacuum cleaner does not come with specialized tools for pet hair, you may want to see if the manufacturer offers optional pet accessories. These tools are designed to bend, flex, and pull out dirt and pet hair stuck on problem areas such as upholstery, bedding, and stairs. An example of this type of attachment would be the Emer Spazzola Turbo Brush.Vacuum Guide Main Page >>See Our Selection of Pet Vacuums >>