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Old 07-30-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning a tiny house with a hairy dog in it.

I pretty much gave up on vacuuming. I have a tiny house and I love stuff, so there's a lot of clutter to vacuum around. It's mostly wood floors and some braided rugs. I was thinking of the Dyson DC39 but I'm afraid of having to empty the canister after one or two swipes. I just think that unit would be the most convenient for our floor surfaces and the most maneuverable for my tiny house. I don't care that much about dog hair but some of the other occupants of the house seem to.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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I have a Bissell 'Cleanview Bagless' upright that has plenty of suction and a big enough cup that I could do my smallish 1 1/2 bedroom apartment all over without having to empty the cup (well unless it was 10 days between vacuuming...) It was full by the time I was finished but considering the collie fur it did well!

My mother on the other hand has a totally useless little vacuum that my brother bought because it was light enough for her to handle... yeah, okay, she doesn't do the vacuuming...sigh!

The things to look for are - the highest rated amp motor you can find, bagless so you don't have to go through bags like crazy and filters that are WASHABLE!

Mothers' has a pleated filter that I bring home and first use a hair pick on it to loosen everything stuck in the @#$ pleats and then I use MY vacuum to clean her filter. We now have two of the darn things so I can rotate them. That and the filters are 25.00 apiece and the vacuum was only a $70 one to start with!!

Manufacturers names don't mean much these days until you get into the thousand dollar vacuum systems because they're pretty much all made offshore.

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I have a few.. All Dyson, and I love them!

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I have just had to buy a new vacuum cleaner, and did a heap of research beforehand. The dyson model you are considering would probably be a good choice for your situation. I had a similar model last time but found it really wasn't grunty enough for a lot of pet hair on carpet. I found the uprights or models with powered heads were the way to go for a lot of carpet, but you do lose maneuverability and they are heavier. I ended up with a Bissell healthy home which is amazing on carpet but not great on hard floors and not very fun to use.

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I just bought a Eureka Pet Lover Deluxe. It is an upright and does not do great on floors but is a bagless and perfect for picking up all Susie's hair when she lays on the carpet. I have a smaller canister type with a Power Head but it never worked properly but is better than the upright for the rest of the house.

Seemed silly to have two vacuum cleaners but had to ban Susie from the living room until I got the upright as could not get her hair up with the other one. The things we do for our dogs!

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Thus far, Casey isn't leaving me as much hair as Riley (Cavalier King Charles) did. I have area rugs, wood floors, and three carpeted bedrooms. I've got a Dyson that I like mostly because it is light enough for me to handle and it's very easy to maneuver. Sure, it might not be the most wonderful vac on earth, but I decided if I got one that I would actually use, then it doesn't have to be totally awesome.

I absolutely love the Swiffer (the dry one) for the floors. It really does pick up lots of hair. Plus, it's also really easy to use.

I have a big sticky roller, too. It's about the size of the Swiffer, but the sticky roll is about three times bigger than the hand-held rolls -- and it's really sticky. When I am to tired to deal with the vacuum cleaner, I just roller the high-traffic areas and the kitchen rug. Voilą. All done! It's amazing what it picks up.

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I have mostly hardwood and a few area rugs (A lot like you Frodo!) Not to mention all the cats and the litter being tracked I vaccum about 3 times a day on a good day... But at bare minimum once a day For the quick and dirty jobs I break out my Shark Navigator Never Loses Suction Upright : Target I can do all the main area of the house which is about 900sq feet with no problem and without having to empty the canister. I also vacuum the cat treee as well as the furniture and such and it amazes me on it's ease of use and helpful attachments (Vs the ones they throw on to bulk up the number they give you) I really enjoy it, and it's small and easy to store, nice long cord, plus the bristles turn off for hard surfaces, and on for carpet. It also gives you an option to reduce the suction via a slider on the house if it's clinging to your rugs (Yes it has that much suction!)

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Frodomom you certainly don't want dog hairs in your house after a large build up they can make you cough and breathing them in is no good atall Do you have Lidl stores in your area? They have a specials in store I got one last year it was only £59! 3 year warranty on it loads of tools in a cloth bag and a 1400 watt motor I know some on here
mentioned it's the amps that matters well it's the wattage that really matters! It 30 litre capacity too and robustly built with a metal container so you don't need to empty it every other day either I think they are in again now and even better value as they are now reduced in price have a look at lidl's web site
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We don't have that store you mentioned Bigboy. As for the hair causing allergies, our climate and the pollen are the biggest contributors. Lots and lots of pine trees. I have a Eureka small upright but the clumps of dog hair get stuck at the top of the bin where the filter is. It's a real pain to use. I even used a shop vac once in here but it's big and unwieldy.Some of those units have an exhaust that blows the remaining dog hair all over the place. What I'm looking for is an easy to empty cannister and one that won't get clogged.
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