Why is Pet Hair a Problem?
One of the most persistent problems that pet owners face is animal hair on the floors, clothing, and furniture. Pets are also prone to sleeping and resting in odd places like old towels and sheets which can also leave a build-up of unwanted pet hair. Pet dander, also common as pet pollen, is causing a serious problem for many people who have allergic reactions. Pet dander allergies present a serious health threat to many pet owners, as well as their family and visiting guests and friends.
It is the scuffed-off old skin scales that can cause allergic reactions in humans. Animals or pets are constantly shedding this old skin scale, and older animals give off higher amounts of dander compared to younger animals. The dander’s cannot be seen by the naked human eye as they are only 2 microns in size. But anywhere you see a build-up of pet hair there is an underlying danger.
Being so small in size means the allergens are easily transported in the air that we breathe and also absorbed into the clothing that we wear and some can also accumulate in bedding, carpeting, and curtains. Pet dander enters the human system through the eyes, mouth, and nose and makes contact with our mucous membranes and the bronchial tubes. Studies have shown a 2-micron sized piece of pet dander can float in the air for hours before it ends up landing on a surface. During this time it can be breathed in by one of the family members.
A person experiencing pet allergy has symptoms of swollen glands, general aches, hives, sneezing, swollen face, itchy eyes, nose congestion, watery eyes, or runny nose. Pet dander is responsible for cold or flu-like symptoms as the body reacts to the toxic material.
How can a Pet Vacuum Help?
With new inventions like pet vacuums, regular cleaning will help diminish the problem of pet hair. A pet vacuum is much like a general vacuum cleaner except for a unique brush bar that is specifically designed to pull pet hair from the carpet. Most models come with sufficient suction to remove animal hair or pet hair from hard surfaces and be able not to clog easily when being used for cleaning. Many pet hair vacuum cleaners come with special attachments that excel at removing and sucking out hair from carpet and upholstery. These attachments include hand tools with air-driven brush bars. There are many different types of vacuum cleaner models that claim to be better at dealing with or cleaning pet hair and indeed many are capable, however, some of them are no different from an ordinary vacuum system and lack a unique brush bar that is required to effectively collect worn in pet hair.
Which regular vacuums are best for removing pet hair?
We hit up Amazon to see what pet owners had to say about this subject and found that the most effective regular vacuum for dealing with pet hair was:
The Hoover UH 30010com
This is a very popular model and despite lacking a brush bar it is praised as one of the best regular vacuums available for dealing with unwanted pet hair.
Other vacuum cleaners that were popular with pet owners included:
- Dyson DC17
- Bissell 3920 Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum
- Bissell Lift-Off Bagless MultiCyclonic Pet Vacuum Cleaner
- Eureka 3684F Pet Lover Mighty Mite
- Hoover S2220 Flair Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Which is the Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair?
Our research has shown that the most popular choice when it comes to automatic vacuums for pet hair is the Roomba Series from iRobot, and more specifically the Roomba 532, and newer Roomba 564 Pet models that are designed specifically for pet owners. The iRobot Roomba 564 vacuum cleaning robot can clean up to four standard-sized rooms with a single charge. It is sold with an extra set of brushes, and a sweeper bin with an extra high capacity for trapping more pet hair, and a set of cleaning tools for ensuring that both sets of brushes are free of debris. The sweeper bin can hold four times more debris compared to the vacuum bin, and its counter-rotating brushes can go deep into carpets to remove dander and pet hair.
The two Virtual Walls that are compact can tell the Roomba 564 which areas to clean by placing boundaries in your home. When the battery is low, the Roomba automatically returns to its compact and self-charging home base to recharge. A bristle brush digs deep down into the carpet fibers to remove pet hair, debris, and dirt. In the process, a fine filter traps dust and tiny particulates that are inside the bin. It can automatically sense and maybe avoids stairs, drop-offs, and detects dirtier areas, and spends a lot of time cleaning them.
The Roomba 564 has two interchangeable bins, a High Capacity Sweeper Bins that holds four times more debris compared to the vacuuming bin and is ideal in larger spaces and high-traffic dirty areas. The vacuuming debris bin is also used for routine maintenance of floors and proper deep cleaning of carpet or rug fibers.
Unlike many models of cleaning robots, the Roomba Pet Series can be used relatively unsupervised due to its intelligent detection methods and automatic homing when the battery runs low or when the cleaning schedule is finished. With fully charged batteries the Roomba Pet Series can be able to clean up to four rooms and can be set via a schedule to begin cleaning at a certain time of the day.