Whether you have dogs or cats, the resident vacuum cleaner seems to have a shorter lifespan with these furry friends around.
Even the best vacuum cleaner clogs or breaks down entirely with fur all over the internal parts. Pet owners don’t want to give up their animal friends so the next best strategy is to maintain the vacuum with diligent cleaning and inspections.
Vacuum Cleaner Tips for Pet Owners
Replace or Clean the Filters
When you buy the best vacuum cleaner for your home, it must have its filters checked at least once a month.
For pet owners, however, you may want to check the filters once a week. Filters stop particulates from harming the machine’s internal parts, but they also clog relatively fast in homes with a lot of pet fur.
Clogged filters force the motor to overheat, reducing the machine’s lifespan significantly. Replace or clean the filter, depending on your cleaner’s design.
Inspect the Hoses Carefully
Even when vacuum cleaner reviews report that a model’s hoses never clog, that reviewer may not have a pet.
Take a moment after each vacuuming session to physically peer into the hoses. Look for any fur that has adhered to the hose walls.
Use a long, blunt dowel to dislodge any clogs. Powerful suction forces must have a clear hose pathway or the motor could be damaged.
Also note any cracks or holes along the hose lines. Major hose damage should call for a replacement part.
Pull out the Roller Brush
If you wonder why the vacuum isn’t picking up as much pet hair as it used to, shut the machine down and turn it over.
The rotating brush that pulls the carpet upright during vacuuming could be covered in hair. This brush only has very short bristles.
When covered in human or pet hair, the brush becomes a smooth roller with little effect against the carpet below. Remove the roller brush and clean it off.
Handfuls of hair and fur could come off a neglected brush.
Clear out the Canister or Bag
It’s a dirty job, but make it a point to clean out the cleaner’s bag or canister. Many models today have simple indicators to tell you when the machine is full.
Vacuum cleaners tend to work better when they are relatively empty and are lighter to move around too. Dispose of the waste and keep cleaning. You’ll notice a difference immediately with space for more pet fur inside the cleaner.
Disassemble the Entire Machine
Make it a goal to disassemble the vacuum cleaner at least once a year.
Take every part off the machine that is possible. Scrub the parts with baking soda and water to remove grime and grease. You’ll even find some areas with fur that you couldn’t reach otherwise.
Allow all parts to dry before putting the machine back together. Test the cleaner after a thorough inspection. It may run just like a brand new model.
You can keep it like that if you remain constant with cleaning and maintenance.
When you’re in the market for a new machine, read through several vacuum cleaner reviews. They will often mention their prowess or failure with pet fur. Keep the home and pets happy with a clean carpet using a strong vacuum cleaner each week. Even vacuum more often to keep fur at a controllable level.