Cleaning a busy household without pets can be hard enough. However, add pets into the equation and hard work is made harder. Obviously, we love the pets we choose to keep in our homes.
We love their companionship, the way they enrich our lives. One thing we don’t particularly love about keeping pets is the hair that they shed that seems to get just about everywhere.
How To Choose The Right Handheld Vacuum For Pet Hair
If you have pets, in all probability, it was your decision to have them in the first place. So, just as is the case when you have children, you need to deal with the mess they make. On this site, we have already covered some of the secrets on carpet cleaning and given great DIY tricks for cleaning your carpet.
Most of the hints and tips in those posts were more general. Therefore, in this post, we are going to focus on helping you deal with pet hair by showing you what you should consider when you need the best handheld carpet cleaner.
1. Think About The Price
The price of the vacuum cleaner you choose will depend on your available budget. Although, like most things, the vacuum cleaners that are better quality with more features and power usually cost more.
Don’t be put off though if you have a tight budget. By researching the options out there you can still find reasonably priced handheld vacuums that fall within your budget and that are just as good, if not better, than their expensive counterparts.
2. Check The Suction Power
One of the most crucial features of a handheld vacuum cleaner that you plan to use on pet hair is the suction power it offers. Pet hair is very stubborn, especially when it’s clinging to carpet fibers.
Though if you intend to use it on different types of floors and surfaces, including wooden, Lino and tiled floors as well as furniture, you should look for one with adjustable suction power levels.
3. Take Into Account The Filters
It’s recommended that you find a handheld vacuum cleaner that comes equipped with filters, like HEPA. Pet dander from cats and dogs can trigger allergies.
Using a vacuum cleaner with high-performance filters can help to stop tiny particles of dust and hair being pushed out of the vacuum and back into the air.
4. Capacity Of The Handheld Vacuum
Every pet is different, whether it’s a dog or a cat, and as such, they don’t shed the same volume of hair as each other, neither do they shed that hair at the same rate or frequency.
So, when you are looking at vacuum cleaners designed to handle pet hair and are presented with a wide variety of different capacities, you need to choose the one that best suits your pet.
If your pet, for instance, sheds more than the average amount, then a vacuum with a large capacity will obviously be best. On the other hand, though, if your pet does not shed too much, you may be fine with a smaller capacity cleaner.
It’s not just the individual pets themselves you have to consider, but the number of pets you have in total. More pets equal more mess.
5. Weight Of The Vacuum
As handheld vacuums are not designed for use on flooring, they should not be too weighty or bulky. You should be able to hold and handle one without too much hassle while cleaning furniture, those tight corners or in your car.
6. Which Would Be Better For You – Corded or Cordless?
All handheld vacuum cleaners by their very design are more portable than their full-size counterparts. However, cordless is far more versatile and easier to maneuver and are easier to use in cars, stairways and around furniture.
You don’t have to worry about cords getting in the way or not being able to reach from a specific outlet. With corded vacuum cleaners, conversely, you don’t have to worry about running out of battery charge, which makes them ideal for using on bigger messes.
7. Think About The Noise Level and Attachments
The attachments you get with a particular model of vacuum cleaner is something you should pay close attention to. Particularly if it has an upholstery tool and a crevice tool that are good for cleaning harder to reach spots deep down the edges and underneath furniture where hairs often gather. Stair tools are also good for removing pet dander and hair from the edges and faces of each step.
Noise level is also something you should consider, more as common decency for your neighbors and the pets and other members of your household. You will find that most modern handheld vacuums these days, though, have reduced noise levels and motors that have been designed to operate almost-silently.
It can be tricky trying to decide on the best handheld vacuum cleaner from the variety out there. However, with the suggestions above, you should find it easier.