According to statistics there are approximately 78.2 million dogs in the U.S alone and every single one of them is shedding hair by the pile on a daily basis! Very few dog owners think about the amount of shedding their pooch would do before choosing their favorite breed and buying or adopting a cute puppy or a dog. Those who did though, probably consulted a so called list and chose something like the Yorkshire terrier, poodle or dachshund and assumed they would only have a twice a year battle with shedding. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Research has proved that the idea dogs only shed heavily twice a year, (early autumn and late spring) is now a complete fallacy. When living in the wild dogs were aware of the time of year and molted in congruence to temperature and length of day. Modern dogs however live in our homes that are artificially lit and heated and therefore now molt in accordance with this.
Whether you have a prestigious shedder or a less likely hair releaser you are still going to need to arm yourself with hair removal tips, tricks and most importantly, the best vacuum for dog hair removal on the market.
Prevention and removal tips and tricks
So you have your puppy or adult dog at home and are just realizing, or have for quite some time, that dog hair removal can be a real problem. Wherever you look there are signs your beloved pooch has been there. Your furniture is sprinkled with a fine layer of hairs, your soft furnishings appear to have grown fur and that’s not to mention your prickly clothes and carpets that have become a sea of dog hair.
Oh and please don’t mention the amount of times you’ve apologized to guests as they dust themselves down or you hand them the lint roller. So what is there to do?
Well, you could try prevention. After all it’s always better to prevent than to look for a cure, right? Prevention means the following:
- Blankets on furniture, mats on floors and removable pillow covers which can all be washed.
- Decorate your rooms with anti-static or slick materials such as leather, canvas and heavy duty cottons.
- Camouflage your dog’s hair by using furnishings of a similar color.
- Vacuum your dog.
- Regularly bathe your dog.
- Frequent grooming of your dog outdoors
Whilst grooming, bathing and perhaps vacuuming your dog are all good ideas and not just for the prevention of dog hair everywhere, who in reality really wants to choose their décor and soft furnishings around their dog and its color? And who wants to spend oodles of time washing blankets and mats?
Now that we’ve established prevention is not quite that peachy, we move swiftly on, to removal tips and tricks. Thus you can use:
- Lint rollers
- Hard floor – put on a pair of sports socks and ‘skate’ around the room. Especially enjoyable for kids.
- Dampen a pair of rubber gloves then rub your hands over furniture. Rinse and repeat.
- Mix water and fabric conditioner in a spray bottle then spray onto furniture and furnishings. Wipe off.
- Wood furniture – simple polish and soft duster.
- Clothes – place in the tumble dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet.
All the above are simple ways to get rid of dog hair but they are also time consuming and require far more effort than is really needed to solve the problem. After all, who really wants to spend an hour skating round their kitchen in a pair of increasingly hairy socks or mixing formulas, scrubbing and waiting drying time? There are much simpler solutions.
Getting rid of dog hair: the simplest solution
The very best way to get rid of dog hair off furniture, furnishings and floors is a pet specific vacuum cleaner.
Before you buy one though, here are some pet hair removal vacuuming tips that might affect your choice of purchase:
- Floors in homes with dogs will need to be vacuumed once a day, more often in high traffic areas. Always purchase a vacuum that can contend with high usage.
- Take your time when vacuuming. Slow passes will pick up much more dog hair than a quick sweep. In heavy traffic areas make multiple passes changing the direction. This will ensure you pick up hairs that have become rooted in different directions.
- Choose the right attachment for the right job. Use the crevice tool for around radiators and other hard to reach places. Brush tools are best for soft furnishings and furniture.
- Go for an occasional deep clean. Carpet cleaners can be hired or bought for a reasonable price nowadays. Or you can hire a firm to come to your home and do a deep clean for you.
- And finally but probably most importantly choose the right vacuum for the right job. Carpet vacuums are more likely to blow dog hair around than pick it up on hard flooring and hard floor vacuums will probably not adjust for the pile length of many carpets.
Choosing your vacuum – best one for carpets
Eureka mighty Mite pet lover
If you are on a budget you could definitely do worse than this cylinder vacuum costing around $75. It is a mighty lightweight vacuum cleaner that has the advantage of quick tool attachment and excellent suction to get rid of that unwanted dog hair.
- HEPA filter (High efficiency particulate air – a filter that traps large amounts of particles other vacuums wouldn’t.
- Odor eliminating dust bag
- 20ft cord
- Lightweight and compact – 9lb
- Captures 99.7% of dust and allergens
- On board cleaning tools
If you like this product you can find and purchase it on Amazon.
Hoover T series wind tunnel pet rewind bag less upright vacuum
If you’re looking for middle of the road cost wise you can’t do much better than this lightweight upright with excellent suction power for around $130.
This vacuum has the added bonus of a reusable HEPA filter, just wash and pop back in.
Other features include:
- Fold down handle for easy storage
- Auto rewind 27ft cord
- HEPA and carbon filters
- On board tools including pet furniture nozzle
- Bag less
Like this amazing product? Then you can check its price here.
Dyson DC65 animal upright vacuum cleaner
Want the best of the best? Then you want this, the quietest, easiest to empty vacuum with washable filters, long length cord and hose and ultimate technology. At around $400 it isn’t cheap, but it is worth it.
- Radial root cyclone technology (seals in suction)
- Bag less
- 5 year warranty
- Tangle free turbine tool
- Ball technology (ensuring ease of access into difficult to reach places)
- Self-adjusting cleaning heads (no need to adjust for short / deep pile carpets)
If you like this product you can find and check its price on Amazon.
Choosing your vacuum – best for hard floors
Bissell poweredge pet hard floor corded vacuum
The absence of bristles on this vacuum makes it genius. No more trapping dust and dog hair and just moving it around your floor. There is no need for tools on this model as it cleans right up to your skirting boards. At around $50 this hard floor cleaner is a must have for all lino, tile, laminate and hardwood floor rooms.
- 20ft cord
- No attachments needed
- Easy to empty dirt cups
- V shape wipers that aid suction
Like this amazing product? Then you can buy it from Amazon.
Bissell pet hair eraser rechargeable sweeper
At around $45 this vacuum is more suitable for in between cleans on hard floors and short pile carpets than intense cleaning.
Cordless and lightweight it is easily portable and quick to use.
Other features include:
- Large capacity dirt container trap
- Corner bumpers to protect furniture
- 60 minutes of cleaning time
If you think that this product could be useful for you, then you can buy it from Amazon.
Choosing your vacuum – handheld marvels
Hoover platinum collection Linx cordless pet handheld vacuum
At $116.99 this is the most expensive of the recommended handhelds but the most adept. With its deluxe dusting brush for delicate surfaces and three bladed pet tool it really is the king of dog hair removal.
- No cord
- Lithium ion interchangeable battery
- Deluxe dusting brush
- 3 blade design pet tool
Like this great product? Then you can check its price here.
Shark pet perfect ii hand vac
With its direct suction, pet hair brush, dusting brush and crevice tool this handheld vacuum is an excellent buy at $64.59.
Other features include:
- 18v rechargeable battery
- Twister cyclonic technology
- 4 cleaning options
- Easy to empty bag less cup
If you interested you can buy it on Amazon.
Want to vacuum your dog as well as your flooring? Well why not go for the vacuum of your choice? Here are a range of products designed to remove hair from your dog that can now be attached to your own vacuum cleaner. Starting at $12.59 for the hose that will fit any vacuum, these products are designed to directly groom your dog with.
The de-shedding tools (sold separately) are available in different varieties such as long hair and short hair and attach to the hose.
Here are a few accessories that may look appealing:
- FURminator FurVac Vacuum Accessory
- FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs
- Another FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs
IRobot Roomba 770 vacuum cleaning robot for pets and allergies
Don’t want to do the work but want a perfect vacuuming solution? Why not try this pet fur removal wonder?
At $474.20 this vacuum really is splashing the cash but just imagine never pushing or pulling the hoover around again! With built in sensors that detect dirt and dog hair the iRobot will perform a persistent pass cleaning performance over dirtier areas. It will adjust its self between floor types and can even be programmed for seven cleaning sessions a week. Fancy an in between clean? Just pick up the infrared control wherever you are sat and press the buttons.
If you interested you can check its price here.
Whichever of the options you choose to go for (maybe you’ll decide to employ more than one) one thing is for sure: you will no longer have a sea of dog hair, fur covered fabrics and you definitely won’t be apologizing to guests anymore. A few minutes with the vacuum or vacuums of your choice and you will have a dazzling dog hair free home: more time to spend on the fun things in life!