Hello, readers! It’s Ronnie, here again with another pet owner advice post!
The SPTID firmly believes that the key to any good training relationship between a pet and their owner is to create a living space that feels safe, fun, and clean. In order to create good living conditions for you and your pet, you’ll need to follow a few of our key guidelines, which we address with all new pet owners. For instance, dogs need open spaces to roam around the house and wag. If you close them in, they’ll end up running into things or breaking something around the house, which will create tension in the relationships. Likewise, with cats, you have to be aware that having closed off spaces makes felines anxious, and they’ll start acting out in ways that go against your training because they can’t explore that other bedroom or closet at the end of the hall.
Of all the elements of your home, cleanliness is the most important part of maintaining a happy, orderly household for humans and animals! Even if you’re a naturally clean person, bringing a pet into your home is bound to create some cleaning headaches at first. You vacuum already, sure, and you’re used to dealing with dust and crumbs from your everyday life. But the fact is, pets create an unbelievable amount of fur that’s now your problem, and they track dirt in from outside after their adventures to wreak havoc with your old cleaning routine.
That’s why we think it’s so, so important to be prepared for your new pet’s arrival with a good vacuum! You can’t use just any old vacuum to clean up after pets. You need something that’s designed to cope with the bales and bales of fur that you’ll be dealing with, as well as the dust and dirt.
I always tell pet owners to buy a vacuum with a filtration system, whether they’ve got family members who are allergic or not. It simply makes sense to get a vacuum that’s going to do a better job at keeping small particles contained once you vacuum them up! Personally, I like to use bagged vacuums, since I find that using bagless canisters makes more of a mess than I want when I’m emptying them out.
My favorites are Miele canister vacuums. The best feature on their vacuums to me is the filter bags. They’re a combination feature that has the air filters and the bags in the same piece, so you don’t have to replace them separately or spend all your time trying to scrub out a reusable filter, which for me would be clogged after a week, tops.
The most important reason I like them is because they last forever. I’ve been using mine for going on 6 years now, and I haven’t had a single problem with it. I’ll give most of the credit to the fact that it’s got a metal motor, which you can definitely feel with the weight, even though it’s not too heavy to use easily. I also haven’t had any problems with the plastic bits on the attachments, which are way more solid than my old Panasonic vacuum.
You’ll have to make sure you get something dependable, since cleaning up after pets puts something more like industrial or commercial workload on a vacuum. I suggest looking for brands that have long warranties, at least 5 years or so.
Don’t underestimate how much power you need, either! I have mostly hardwood floors at home which makes things a bit easier, but I still find that fur balls end up under all my raised cabinets and appliances, which is why I need a lot of power to suck them out. It’s even more important if you’ve got deep carpets where dirt and hair gets ground in and you have to be able to reach way in their to get it back up.
I always tell pet owners that you should buy a vacuum that gives you lots of tools to deal with all the places hair gets stuck. You’re gonna need to have an upholstery tool or brush to clean your furniture and things like curtains, if you have them. You’ll also definitely need a crevice wand to clean between couch cushions and the edges of your floors. I like to have a couple of different floor tools as well, just to be able to do different surfaces. My Miele came with a motor head for carpets and a big sweeper attachment for hard floors, which is a good mix.
Another big plus for my Miele is that it’s actually quiet enough to use around pets, which definitely isn’t true of most vacuums. It makes kind of a low whir or a hum instead of the roar that comes out of the vacuums I’ve seen at some of my friends houses. I don’t necessarily recommend this to everybody because it depends how tolerant your dog is, but I actually use the vacuum on mine, and he loves it! I just turn the suction down to one of the lower levels and use the upholstery tool like a shedding brush to get any loose bits. He thinks it’s a wonderful game, and it saves me lots of time with a hand brush.
I personally think Miele is the best pet hair vacuum brand out there, between the filter bags, the suction adjustment options and the build quality. I’d say they’re definitely worth the extra money over Shark or one of the other brands. Also, while I know a lot of people end up buying Dyson’s because they look really flashy, my friends with pets who have bought them tell me that they break super easily because they’re all light plastic. One also told me that her Dyson canister gets clogged because there’s a stupid crook in the hose where it goes into the canister, which you can’t fix. My Miele Titan doesn’t have any design flaws as far as I’m concerned, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one of my friends who hasn’t had to buy a new vacuum for 6 years and running strong.
So, dear pet owners, if you’re looking for my recommendation, there you have it! There are lots of Miele canisters, which basically means you have to choose the one that has the best attachments for your floors. Again, if you want one to handle every type of surface, that’s when I’d recommend the Titan.