The Best Pet Hair Vacuums for Carpet & Tile

Our pets provide us with quite a few wonderful things–companionship, a non-judgemental sounding board, a reminder that simple pleasures still exist, and sheer entertainment, to name a few. All of this joy does come at a price, though. Pet hair can end up everywhere despite the most regular bathing, brushing, and grooming. Finding a vacuum cleaner that can effectively remove pet hair can seem like a challenge. Knowing what to look for in a new vacuum cleaner can help make cleaning up after our pets a little less likely to make us want to pull out our own hair.

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If you have carpet, you need a vacuum cleaner with a rolling brush head that can get below the surface of your carpet. Removing only the top layer of pet hair and other dirt means the lower-lying mess either gets ground in or stirred up and redistributed. Different models might be better suited for lower or higher pile carpets, though many adjust to accommodate your carpet no matter how thick or deep it is. The trouble with pet hair is that some ordinary carpet brush rollers can become clogged by too much hair. A roller brush that becomes too clogged with hair isn’t going to perform very well. Generally, models designed and advertised as ideal for pet owners have developed roller brushes that are less likely to develop this problem. Some, though, are great at picking up pet hair, but much less effective with other household dirt and dust. Vacuum cleaners designed for use on carpet generally are not as effective on hard floors, so if you don’t have carpet, be sure to look for a model meant for use on bare floors. If you opt for a bare floor model that claims to be ideal for pet hair removal, make sure that the manufacturer doesn’t make this claim based on a roller brush similar to those used for carpet, as, again, a hair-clogged brush is never a good thing.

While the first step to helping keep your home pet-hair free (or pet-hair minimal, at least) is finding a vacuum cleaner capable of picking up as much stray hair as possible, there’s more to consider. Once you’ve vacuumed up as much pet hair as is humanly possible, along with pet dander and the usual dust we all collect, you want to know that your machine is capable of hanging on to most of it. Some vacuums have poorly-enclosed systems that allow too much debris to be blown right back into your freshly-cleaned room. A well-enclosed filtration system is able to suction up and retain more of the icky stuff. That vacuum cleaner smell we’ve all encountered at some point is a sign that our machine isn’t as good as we’d probably like at containing dirt and dust particles. Having a system better at trapping vacuumed pet hair and particles will keep our homes cleaner for longer.

The rest of your decision about which vacuum cleaner to buy next is largely a matter of preference. You can find uprights with a low profile suitable for getting under furniture and/or with attachments designed for this task. Most canisters and many uprights offer attachments to help with furniture surfaces, baseboards, blinds, and the like, so be sure to know what you need and will use before spending too much on a machine with more bells and whistles than you need or have space to accommodate. How easy it is to dump the vacuumed dirt is the last main thing you should research.

Many models claim to be the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair, but you have to examine and research first if a model is truly ideal for pet hair removal.  Sometimes, these claims come with a higher price tag.  Too often, though, this claim alone shouldn’t be enough to sway you.  Once you’ve narrowed down your field of candidates, spend a little time searching online reviews, to be specific, visit here to see what actual users have to say.  When searching and researching, try to find reviews from people with the same number and types of pets you have (long-haired versus short-haired cats or dogs, for example).  Knowing what to look for and pairing that with the experiences of other pet owners can help you make a confident decision and a purchase you won’t regret.


Great Tips for Organizing on a Budget

Making your home look great at all times, without mess and clutter, can be difficult to achieve sometimes. It can also be expensive, so check out these tricks that will help you keep your house organized without investing too much time or money.

  • You can store spices in small jars, such as those used for baby food, and place them upside down in drawers. This will make them look great.                                                                                                                                                         Spices
  • Use a single binder and place all the manuals in it, and keep it in pantry or kitchen.
  • Use a Ziploc bag for keeping menus for takeout. You can keep it in the cupboard or in the fridge.
  • For keeping high-priority documents, use a basket or tray and place it on the counter in your kitchen.
  • Cords of different devices often get tangled. To avoid this, use a designated station for recharging and keep all devices and gadgets there.
  • For storing onions and garlic, use nylons and keep them in a dry and cool place.
  • Put a note on your fridge, containing a grocery list. When you’re in a hurry, just take the list and go shopping.              Refrigerator notes                
  • Use little jars to store various items in the bathroom drawer.
  • You can use a stepladder to keep your towels organized.
  • When you wash children’s toys, put them all inside a bag for fine laundry washing. Afterwards, leave them hanging on a faucet to dry.
  • Keep different products for bathing in a plastic caddy, which can be used for cleaning products as well.
  • Use a bench or an ottoman that has place for storage inside of it, where you can keep a lot of stuff.
  • If you have small children, keep their toys in a larger basket that can be easily moved.
  • Wash your socks in designated bags to avoid losing them.
  • Get plastic containers and boxes for keeping different products, and keep them one on top of the other to save space and keep them organized.
  • Keep all plastic bags in a designated place in a box of Kleenex that you can easily reach when needed.
  • Keep a basket near the exit, and place all the important things you need for the day so as not to forget anything.
  • For keeping all small items on your desk, use trays for ice cubes.
  • Stepladder can be used for storing books.
  • You can use stickers for labeling cords in the power bar.
  • Place bed sheet sets organized inside of pillowcases.
  • Install light in your wardrobe for easier organization.
  • Use old files and documents in folders with labels.
  • Get holders for keeping scarves, ties and belts organized.
  • Get a cork board, frame it and place it where you need it most. You can pin up important notes, recipes, images etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                         note-paper-on-cork-board
  • A corkboard can be used for organizing necklaces and earrings.
  • Convert all your CDs to digital folders and files and get rid of the CDs you don’t need.
  • If your bathroom is smaller, get a hair dryer that can be installed and kept on the wall.
  • Get vacuum bags and store clothes, blankets and other items you don’t plan to use any time soon.
  • Get several pairs of identical socks to avoid losing and sort them more easily.
  • On the wall near the entrance, place nails and a wire where you can put wet hats, mittens etc.
  • Place a designated box for coins where it works best for you.
  • When traveling, place your rings, earrings and small items into pillboxes.
  • Use a holder for your mops and brooms placed on the wall for easy access.
  • Use a wine crate for storing holiday-related items and place it in the store room, ready to be used when it’s holidays.
  • Store medical records of each family member into a binder and use dividers.
  • Keep all your passwords, usernames and codes in a designated notebook.
  • Keep a tote bag inside of your purse all the time in case you need it.
  • You can avoid forgetting to buy medications and other drugstore necessities by always having a small box containing a spare kit.
  • Get a box or a bag in which you can put all the celebration-related papers, ribbons, boxes and bags so you always have them when going to a party, a birthday or other celebrations.
  • If your veggies, fruit and other perishable foods often go to waste, then start planning your dinner in advance and buy only what’s necessary. Keep the list on the fridge.
  • Place a holder for the tools you use most often and avoid searching for them when needed.
  • Replace flashlights that are powered with batteries with the windup ones.
  • Clean and organize your clothes each season. Throw out or donate what you don’t need.