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As a dog sitter, I’m used to having three to eight dogs in my house at the same time. The amount of dog hair and dirt is both disgusting and amazing. It doesn’t help that my own 11-year-old dog, Riggins, is happiest when filthy dirty. Because vacuuming is a regular part of my life, I’ve got some tips to pass on.
It contains filters that can trap dander. Pair that with a dusting brush attachment, and those pesky allergens won’t know what hit them!
It’s easy to grab and cleans up small areas like the dog bed, your pup’s favorite sofa spot, or baseboards where hair seems to collect.
Almost all top pet vacuums include pet-friendly options, but there are “traditional” vacuums that rank well, too. A pet-friendly vacuum will usually be designed with a filter system and come with useful pet-specific attachments.
As pet owners, we ask more of our vacuums and because of that can go through them faster. A good warranty can save you a headache and some cash.
Head to the owner’s manual for how-to info. For dog hair that has wrapped itself around the brush, grab a seam ripper. It helps to untangle the mess.
Setting your vacuum to the correct pile height does matter. Air flow is necessary for the best suction, and an incorrect setting could hamper that.
When cleaning non-carpeted floors, swap your broom out for a vacuum or dust mop. Brooms tend to push small particles like dander back up into the air.
Sprinkle cinnamon on your carpet before vacuuming or add it to the vacuum bag. The pet-safe spice will make the room smell nice or, at the very least, a little like delicious morning rolls.