We all love our pets and dearly so. For many of us, they are a ray of bright sunshine in an immense darkness. There are hardly any activities that can prove to be as therapeutic a being with your pet; in fact, scientists have declared after thorough research that households with one or two pets around are generally much happier than animal-free houses.
In spite of all this, cleaning up after your precious pet is such a pain. It’s not just emptying the litterbox; that is actually quite easy even if it a tad more disgusting. We are talking about the hairs from their luxurious coats of fur that just sticks around in every nook and cranny of the house. Many of us just let it all pile up till we are forced to vacuum for pet hair eventually and that too in a lot of pain.
So without further ado, let us tell you some easy tips on how to vacuum for pet hair:
Vacuum for Pet Hairs at least 4-5 Times a Week
The best way to tackle this issue is by being frequent. The more frequently you vacuum the less hair you will have to pick up. This obviously depends on the kind of animal you have and how thick and luxurious its coat is. For example, a Persian cat will shed a lot more hair than a Siberian or a Siamese cat. If you have a couple of puppies instead of a large dog, you will still not have to be quite as frequent. We recommend that you vacuuming for pet hair every alternate day if you have a pet that sheds a lot.
Mark the Areas Where the Most Hair Collects
There are some animal hair hotspots in the house where you can find entire mounds of fur at a time. These are usually areas with less passage of air because of which they develop a lot of static. This commonly includes the spaces under sofas and beds and in your pet’s carrying case. Other places where you will find hair in most abundance is any place where your pet spends a lot of time; be it the couch in front of the TV or the rug or even on your bed. So in case you are ever in a hurry to clean up, you can just quickly go over these areas instead of doing a thorough clean-out.
Lightly Sweep or Mop the Areas Where Hair Collects
This tip is mainly for areas that require a bit of brushing to loosen up the hair that’s stuck on it. The main focus here should be the carpets and the rungs of the house, but you can apply this to any other fuzzy-textured area I the house or even your bed. This will keep you from overlooking a lot of hair that is usually stuck to these places and you will be successful in collecting most of it.
Get the Necessary Vacuum Attachments
It goes without saying that you will need a very high-power and heavy-duty vacuum cleaner for your house if you have hairy pets. But you should also invest in the necessary attachments to ensure proper cleaning. This includes a brush-end to loosen the hairs, a scrubber to form the hairs into a ball, a rectangular end to get all those little corners and crevices and a stair-cleaning end to efficiently clean stairs. We are by no means suggesting that you use all these attachments one by one every time you go vacuuming for pet hairs, but you can use all of these effectively every time you go on a mega-cleaning run.
Do Not Use a Vacuum on Every Surface
There are some things in the house that a vacuum will bring no good to. This includes clothes and suede material on furniture. The best way to remove hair from these areas is by wiping by hand or gentle brushing. In fact, you can also wipe glass tables and hardwood floors and wardrobes instead of vacuuming as well. So do not use your vacuum cleaner recklessly for every surface in the house.
Remember to Clean the Vacuum as Well
Lastly, remember that all the dirty pet hair in the house is going inside the vacuum cleaner. This means that at the end of the day, the vacuum cleaner itself will be the dirtiest thing in the house. This is why it is necessary to clean it up after at most 3-4 uses. Try to get a vacuum cleaner that does not expel dirt out of one end. Also, keep checking the airway of the vacuum before you start to use it. This is because clogged airways in vacuum cleaners are a huge hindrance to the suction power of the vacuum cleaner.