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Vacuuming Pet Hair From Carpets

Vacuuming Pet Hair From Carpets

When you look at your carpet, it may appear that the carpet fibers are organized in one particular way and that cleaning deeply is only a matter of scouring the surface to draw up dog hairs and other debris. However, the properties of carpet are such that one way vacuuming over the carpet removes only 50 to 60 % of dog hair and other unwanted matter. For this reason when vacuuming your carpet especially to remove pet hair, the following method should be employed.

Begin by dividing the room visually into four sections. If possible, remove furniture from section one and set it in one of the remaining sections. Next, slowly work the vacuum brush head forward from the length of one end of the carpet until you reach the end of the section, then slowly pull the vacuum backwards until you get to the point you started from. Repeat this procedure in a slightly overlapping manner so that when you begin vacuuming a dirty area the vacuum head slightly overlaps the clean area. Repeat this step until the entire section has been vacuumed. Next, the carpet must be vacuumed in the opposite direction for thorough removal of pet hair. Start at one end of the section and vacuum the carpet’s width just like you did for its length. Work the entire area. Next, attach the crevice tool (it’s the tool with a thin nozzle) to the wand and work the edges of the carpet at the wall intersections and along the baseboard.

Finally, if you are using an upright or canister vacuum, check the contents of the vacuum bin if you own a bag-less vacuum or the bag if your vacuum uses bags. You may be surprised at the amount of debris that has been collected. Most vacuums begin losing suction if they are more than seventy five percent full. My advice at this point is to empty the bin if you are using a bag-less vacuum. If you are using a bagged vacuum, it is more economical to keep an eye on the amount of debris collected and ensure that at the very least you do not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended level.

If you find that lifting pet hair from you rugs is a challenge for your vacuum, try lightly sprinkling baking soda on the rug. Let the baking soda sit on your rugs for at least thirty minutes then repeat the steps for section one. If dog hair is still an issue after doing this, then you should consider getting a vacuum that has the ability to remove pet hair.

Proceed to the second section of the room and repeat the procedure you used in the first section. As usual check the bag or bin after completing the section. Repeat this procedure for sections three and four. Once all 4 sections of the carpet have been cleaned, attach the dusting or any similar attachment and clean any dust or debris that may have escaped the filter and settled on furniture.

Repeat this procedure for all the rooms in your home. Once you are done make sure that you have emptied your bin or checked the debris level in the bag. As stated earlier, having low levels of debris allows for maximum suction, plus it allows the vacuum to run at peak efficiency. Check the rotating brush in the vacuum head. Make sure that you cut out or remove pet hair or string that can wind around the rotating brush.