Pet hair: it's everywhere!
You know how frustrating it can be when your vacuum just isn't getting the job done. Having the right vacuum to manage pet hair can make all the difference -- and keep pet hair from overrunning your hardwood floors, rugs, furniture and clothes. The solution isn't buying an expensive "animal" vacuum to remove pet hair. Instead, ask yourself these two questions:
- Does my vacuum have enough suction power to pick up pet hair?
- Am I using the best vacuum attachment for pet hair?
Let's look closer at how using the right vacuum (and attachments!) can help you manage the "pet hair everywhere" problem without spending a small fortune.
Does My Vacuum Have Enough Suction Power?
When it comes to vacuum cleaners, suction power is the most important factor to consider. But how can you determine your vacuum's suction power? Most brands use watts (W) to indicate power, but air watts (AW) provide a more precise measurement of how well a vacuum can clean dirt, hair and debris.
Watts only measure the vacuum motor's power, which does not necessarily reflect the amount of suction power produced. In contrast, air watts captures the amount of watts used by the vacuum to carry a unit of air through the nozzle, which provides a more realistic representation of the suction power. In a nutshell: the higher the air watts, the more powerful the suction.
How many air watts are sufficient to clean pet hair effectively? For upright vacuum cleaners, at least 100 AW is recommended. For reference, the Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum has a suction power of 170 AW -- more than the popular Dyson v10, which has only 150 AW of suction power.
Am I Using the Right Vacuum Attachments?
If you're struggling with pet hair, using the right vacuum attachments can significantly improve your vacuum's efficiency. Check out your vacuum's owner manual for guidance on when (and how!) to use each attachment.
If you're looking for a way to get rid of pet hair, the Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum is a great option. It's easy to use and gets the job done efficiently -- plus it comes with five versatile attachments:
- Floor brush: The standard vacuum cleaner attachment. Great for everyday use on various floor surfaces.
- 2-in-1 round brush: Use on more detailed surfaces. Best for cleaning baseboards, cabinets and more.
- Soft bristle fur brush: A winner on delicate surfaces. Buh-bye, pet hair!
- Deep cleaning motorized brush: Best for stubborn dirt and debris. Great for vacuuming stairs and upholstery.
- Crevice tool: Perfect for those hard-to-reach places! It's fantastic for stair seams and couch cushions.
Should My Vacuum Have a HEPA Filter?
When cleaning pet-related messes, a HEPA filter is one of the best things to have in your cleanup kit. Traditional vacuum filters can only trap larger particles, while a HEPA filter is specifically designed to capture much smaller particles such as bacteria, pathogens, pollen, smoke, and virus particles. This type of filter is especially useful for pet owners who are also allergy sufferers.
The Greenworks 24V Cordless Stick Vacuum has a medical-grade certified HEPA filter that traps 99.97% of dust allergens, ensuring that harmful particles are caught in the vacuum filter, not your lungs.
Alternative Ways to Clean Pet Hair
Though vacuuming pet hair is usually the most convenient and practical method, sometimes it’s worth dabbling in some of the more unconventional ways to clean it. Here are four tricks you can use to help keep your home fur-free:
- Dryer sheets: Dryer sheets absorb static electricity, making it easy to lift away pet hair from clingy surfaces like furniture and area rugs.
- Tape or lint rollers: Classic solution to spot clean small areas.
- Damp sponge or rubber gloves: Lightly scrub to loosen and easily clean the hair. Just make sure not to use too much water!
- Window squeegee: Use it on hard surfaces for a squeaky clean.
Greenworks Cordless Stick Vacuum: Affordable and Efficient
If you’re looking for a vacuum with strong suction, plenty of attachments and a certified HEPA filter at an affordable price, look no further than the Greenworks Cordless Stick Vacuum. Did we mention it is cordless and so quiet that your furry friend will remain happily snoozing as you clean? Winner!
The Cordless Stick Vac is designed for ease of use and comfortable maneuverability. Lightweight and bagless, its slim frame and smooth brush roll swivel head make vacuuming a breeze. It quickly converts into a handheld vacuum for easy mobility and spot cleaning.
Running on highly efficient lithium-ion batteries, the Greenworks Stick Vacuum boasts a runtime of 45 minutes when fully charged. And with a rapid charge time of only 30 minutes per battery, your vacuum will be ready to go when you are.
Pro tip: with the Greenworks Stick Vacuum bundle, you’ll also get an extra battery – meaning by the time you’re done vacuuming, there’s a fully charged battery waiting for you and ready for action. Our vacuum batteries are compatible with 125+ Greenworks 24V tools—in one charge, a battery can be swapped between your vacuum, drill, saw and more!