In a dog-eat-dog world, no vacuum is safe. I know—I have three of them (dogs, not vacuums). Don’t let those sweet faces fool you, our family dogs have inadvertently demolished multiple vacuums. Not even the top-of-the-line vacuum stood up to these (adorable) beasts and their constant, insidious shedding.
I went through four vacuums before I realized how important routine vacuum maintenance is for pet owners. Pet hair gets tangled around rollers and wheels, causing belts to snap. Pet dander clogs filters and hoses. So just like our furry friends, our vacuums need love, too!
Here are a few things I’ve learned about protecting your vacuum from pet hair. And some guides to rescue your vacuum if it gets choked up on Fluffy’s fur.
The more hair that’s brushed out, the less that lands on the floor, saving your vacuum from a perilous death.
Don’t wait too long to vacuum. Dirty floors with lots of pet hair make your vacuum work harder.
If you just brushed your fur baby, don’t try to mow over the tufts of fur with the vacuum. Use the hose on the large tufts to prevent clogs and tangles on the roller.
Regular maintenance is key to a long vacuum life. Here are some things to look out for and ways to inspect and clean your vacuum’s vital components:
If your vacuum is still having trouble, check out these vacuum repair and maintenance guides to help you get your vacuum going again. If you’re beyond the point of maintenance, you might need to replace some parts. Luckily, companies like Hoover, Bissell, Dirt Devil, and Dyson make it easy to order replacement parts—and you can also search for parts on Amazon. More vacuum repair guides are available at info-vacuum-cleaner.com. But if you don’t know what needs to be repaired, try troubleshooting your vacuum cleaner at repairclinic.com or searspartsdirect.com.