Remove Pet Hair: My journey to a cleaner home

Pet hair. Sigh. The bane of my household.

As much as I love my dog, nothing gets under my skin than finishing a good cleaning only to find more pet hair.

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Seriously, you guys. It’s gross. And I clean multiple times throughout the week.

I’ve tried the squeegee approach. You know, the one we’ve all seen all over Pinterest claiming to be the solution to removing pet hair from a carpet. And it works… as long as you have the time to sit on the floor and do the whole thing. Me? Not so much. After one room taking me an hour only for my dog to come in and decide to roll around, I gave up.

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My other trusty tool has been a lint roller. I’ve used this on upholstered furniture, curtains (how does it get there?!?) and small area rugs that my previous vacuum would destroy. The lint roller works to an extent, but to do one cushion on my light couch it takes me at least 2-3 sheets.. and with the results being so short lived, that gets expensive over time.

I also tried the little velvet looking tool thingy (technical term) and brushes designed for removing pet hair. Did they work? Sure. To an extent. But I run two blogs, work full time, and have two kids. I just don’t have that kind of time to invest in removing pet hair.

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I needed to find a single solution that would not tack on extra time to my existing cleaning routine. Lucky for me, BISSELL® found out about how real my struggle was and sent me their new BISSELL® Pet Hair Eraser®.

I saw the delivery guy laugh as I literally skipped out with glee when I saw him through the window.

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Cue the heaven music.

Once it was all set up, Leah made it clear she was skeptical.

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I, on the other hand, was itching to get started. The BISSELL® Pet Hair Eraser® has some notable features, including:

  • A revolutionary tangle-free brush roll, so hair goes in the tank, instead of getting wrapped around the roller.
  • An extra-large capacity tank with a patented cyclonic pet hair spooling system that separates and captures pet hair for a hands-free empty.
  • Powerful Edge-to-edge suction—maximizes pick up of pet hair and debris
  • SmartSeal™ Allergen System that helps trap dust, dander and allergens inside the vacuum and the Febreze Filter leaves freshness behind.

The idea of not sitting on the floor with scissors cutting my hair out of the roller, was thrilling to say the least. I’ve actually broken previous vacuums from extensive tangles.

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I started in my carpeted living room and was immediately surprised by the amazing smell that radiated throughout the room when I flipped the switch from the Febreze filter. Down the road when I have to replace, this will be a no-brainer for me. I’m writing this a few hours after cleaning and I can still smell the freshness.

Don't judge me for the look. I don't exactly dress up for cleaning.
Don’t judge me for the look. I don’t exactly dress up for cleaning.

It’s not a light vacuum, but the weight is not cumbersome. The vacuum glides with ease on hardwood, tile, and carpet. I adjusted the settings accordingly for each floor type to maximize the clean.

But I don’t need to tell you how wonderful it is. The results speak for themselves.

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This was just one pass over my main floor, and I had JUST cleaned with a very expensive vacuum that morning.

As excited as I was, I was actually grossed out when I saw how much it picked up, because we thought the floors were clean! I followed up with tackling two other pain points: the stairs and my couches using the attachments I explained above.

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My plan was actually to keep this on one floor of my home, and my previous vacuum (wedding gift) on another. But I want this on both floors!! So look’s like we will continue to cart our vacuum up and down the stairs. Sorry, husband. 🙂

I have big plans for the crevice tool as well. I’ve found quite a few odd places around the house where the dog hair randomly collects:

  • Around the edge of my bathtub (how?!)
  • At the bottom of my daughters toy bin
  • Behind my nightstand
  • In her toy basket (I’ll give her this one)
  • Under the refrigerator
  • EVERY. CORNER. IN. MY. HOUSE.

No matter what pet-hair removal solution you go with, be regular and consistent; the longer you go, the harder it is to lift.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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2 Comments

  • Very good review! Anxious to hear about your journey as you use it in other areas of the home. While we do not have a pet (or pet hair!!), I am really OCD about clean floors. Am currently using a Dyson Animal and feels it gets the job done but am always interesting in improving on the effort. Again, I realize I don’t have the pet hair issue but wondered if you had tried a Dyson and if this was better. I see pet hair removal as the “gold standard” for all vacuum cleaners! 🙂

    • Hey Sherry. So I haven’t used the Dyson animal, but I did use that brand earlier in the day before I got the results pictured above.

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