Pets can bring a lot of joy into a person’s life. They provide company, security and companionship. They enhance mood, minimize depression and improve the overall quality of life. However there is a downside – pet hair!
Many breeds of cats and dogs shed – a lot. This pet hair not only sticks to carpets and couches and looks unsightly, it also cause a range of allergies for people. Naturally people want to vacuum it up straight away.
While most people believe that vacuum cleaners can easily pick up all pet hair, this isn’t the case. If you have a normal vacuum cleaner you run the very real risk of breaking the motor and destroying your investment.
To help you out – and to keep you a happy pet owner – we provide tips below that will keep your house clean and your vacuum cleaner safe.
5 ways to avoid pet hair destroy a normal vacuum cleaner
- Buy a vacuum cleaner that is made for pets
There are hundreds of these vacuum cleaners on the market, either canister, upright, stick, robot, etc. They are designed specifically to cope with pet hair. The filter system, the bag or bagless collection system, and in many cases even the motor are all designed to cope with the vast quantities of hair you will be sucking up.
Cheaper vacuum cleaners while working for a while, won’t last the distance when it comes to pet hair. Chances are you will have to replace the vacuum cleaner within six months. So stick with a vacuum made specifically for pet hair, like the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum.
- Motor and suction
No matter how hard you try and stop this happening, with normal vacuum cleaner filtering systems some pet hair – usually cat hair – will get into the motor. When this happens it doesn’t take long for the motor to overheat and stop working. Soon you will have an expensive machine that doesn’t do anything!
Pet hair seems to be able to reduce the suction of a vacuum cleaner more than any other substance or material. The main reason is that it causes so many problems throughout the whole vacuum cleaner system.
- Always clean the filter
For normal filters, cat hair and dog hair causes a problem. It either penetrates the filter or blocks it. While filters can be cleaned, unless it is a washable filter which many of the normal vacuum cleaners don’t have, it is almost impossible to get all of the hair out. This causes problems with suction and eventually destroys the vacuum cleaner.
The filter on a vacuum cleaner while effective – needs to be cleaned regularly. There are models that only require cleaning every three months; however with pets in the house periodically cleaning the filter is a necessity – especially if you want to keep the vacuum cleaner running well and the suction at the top condition.
More importantly, it will stop the vacuum cleaner from overheating and blowing the motor. Spending a few minutes cleaning is definitely a lot better than buying a whole new vacuum cleaner.
- Clean the hose, pipes and brushes
As well as the filter, there are a range of other places on your vacuum cleaner pet hair can get stuck. Every three months you should look through all the hoses and pipes and make sure there are no balls of hair stuck anywhere that could compromise the vacuum cleaner.
When not designed for pet hair it is amazing how quickly these can fill up and become blocked. Literally in a matter of minutes not days. This causes added pressure to the whole vacuum cleaner, affects the suction and eventually leads to the whole system overheating and burning out.
Pet hair and “normal” vacuum cleaner brushes and heads don’t seem to like each other. Either the brushes get full of pet hair, or they stop sucking it up.
- Bagless is a better option
Generally, bagless has several advantages compare to the bagged cleaners when it come to pet hair. So where possible get a cleaner that is bagless and that also includes a quick release function.
Pets can add a lot of joy and happiness to life. Unfortunately they can also destroy vacuum cleaners through their hair. As you can see from above normal vacuum cleaners and pet hair are not a match made in heaven. Normal vacuum cleaners are not made for pet hair. Period.
If you have pets choose a vacuum cleaner that is made for pets, and make sure that you constantly clean and maintain it. If you do this you and your pet will both be happy. Your house and your budget will thank you for it in the long run.
All the best in hunting a reliable yet pet friendly vacuum cleaner!