Pets, dogs, foxes and, rabbits especially, tend to shed a lot. They do this to replace old or damaged hair. If you’ve ever owned a Golden Retriever or a corgi, then you know how grueling dealing with pet hair can get. If you tried to clean up pet hair using a regular ol’ vacuum cleaner, they’d get tangled up in the vacuum’s brush, making it ineffective and in the process deteriorating the quality of the vacuum cleaner over time. The simple solution, it seems, would be to get something that is particularly good at cleaning up such hairs, and won’t get clogged by them in the process. We’re referring to, of course, a pet hair vacuum cleaner.
Before proceeding, it’s important to note that shedding is a natural process, and shouldn’t be minded too much unless you observe an excess of it. In which case, it may be contributed to by a number of factors, including the possibility of worms, parasites such as mites or other similar bacterial and parasitic infections. If you suspect something is wrong, visit your local vet.
It would seem simple enough to pick out the best vacuum for hair, but unfortunately, a couple of factors come into play to make the whole process a little more challenging than it presents itself at face value. First is the simple matter of flooring – not all vacuum cleaners can make a seamless transition from different types of flooring. A vacuum that can clean a carpet perfectly won’t necessarily be able to achieve the same on a tiled floor, and vice versa. Still confused? Click here.
You also have to consider the design of vacuum cleaner you need: canister, upright, handheld and stick vacuums are the easiest to find out in the market. Each has its own advantage and would be more suited to different scenarios. Study your situation carefully before deciding to settle on an eventual choice. As a general guide:
- Handheld vacuums will be best for use if your pet is hyperactive and jumps all over the furniture and all corners of the room. Needless to say, they are light, portable and can even be used to clean furniture. The downside to them is that they aren’t very good over large scale use – it will get tiring pretty fast.
- Canister vacuums are usually the most powerful type of vacuum you can find, and offer the advantage of portability, just like handheld vacuums. This makes them perfect for owners who have pets that run around stairs and the likes. They are also more silent than their counterpart upright models. However, they are harder to store and use because you may actually have to bend over to get them working properly.
- Upright vacuums are by far the most common type of vacuums and feature what’s now known as the ‘traditional’ vacuum design. They are pretty easy to store and are usually the cheapest model, but are a pain because they are often noisy and heavy to lug around.