So you've cleaned your house and rid your furniture of pet hair from your dogs and cats. But now, you must tackle the car in the driveway! Getting pet hair out of a car can be a daunting task as the hair shafts always seem to intertwine with a car's synthetic fibers. Laying down protective covers is always a good idea, but as it goes with pet hair, there is always some that needs to be cleaned up. An idea animal hair vacuum for cars will be one that has great suction and a brush bar.
For the house, let a larger vacuum with cyclonic action do the job of getting at pet hair; but for smaller tasks, set aside a handheld pet hair vacuum for areas such as the car, furniture or Fido's bedding. When finished using the pet vacuum, empty it immediately to do away with pet dander and any odors that may develop.
As pet hair contains a natural oil that makes it stick to fibers in carpet and on upholstery, it will likely take a combined effort of several methods to rid of or cut down on the amount of animal hair in a home. A routinely applied regimen that involves grooming the animal, vacuuming with a good pet hair vacuum, keeping pets outside or even changing an animal's diet to reduce shedding are possible options.
Those looking for a pet hair vacuum should consider the option of a vacuum with cyclonic action. Cyclonic action is able to provide a greater air stream that allows for a constant rate of suction. Dirt Devil has their own line of vacuum with dual cyclonic action and patented D2 technology. These vacuums also come with a HEPA filter that catches 100 percent of allergens.
In the case of allergy sufferers, it is important that the vacuum bag of a pet hair vacuum be changed regularly, since pet dander can be reintroduced into the air through pores in a vacuum bag when it is too full. Although it will mean buying bags sooner, consider changing the vacuum bag before it hits the full mark. It will save the allergy sufferer much in the way of aggravated symptoms.
Animals have a natural oil to their hair that makes it stick to carpet and clothing. It's what gives your pooch that "doggy smell." At times, a foul odor can come from an animal hair vacuum when it is turned on. This is the result of bacteria feeding on the oil and dander in the vacuum bag, which releases a not-so-nice aroma. The best thing to do is to immediately get rid of the bag to an outside dumpster. Wipe up, but do not soak, the inside of the vacuum and change its filter. Leave the vacuum outside for a few days if necessary; then before installing a new bag, sprinkle a favorite carpet freshener inside the bag. When the vacuum is turned on, it should emit a much improved aroma.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|