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November 21, 2011 6:33 AM Subscribe
Can we talk about vacuums please?
posted by TomMelee to Home & Garden (58 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'll try to be brief:
My home is almost 100 years old, hardwood floors throughout, only a few area rugs here and there. We have three dogs, all dander-y although only two of them are serious shedders. They have a designated couch and chair, which are not our normal couch and chair. They do not get on the bed, but they do sleep in the bedroom on designated beds.
My fiancee is allergic to lots...although not dogs. She's allergic to dustmites and grasses and oak. (Allergy test like 10 days ago confirms it.) Our house IS pretty dusty. I'm in the process of fixing our whole-house furnace-attached humidifier as it was functioning incorrectly and I do finally have the correct furnace filter installed correctly.
Anyway, I've been made aware of the non-plastic allergy fabrics for beds and whatnot, and we're doing the "change the sheets once a week" thing, which is all well and good. The dogs so shed though...so much...she vacuums literally every day and it fills up the canister every day. The downside is that this is a cheap, hoover vacuum, and turning it on I can see it just throwing dust everywhere. The filter in it is ~$8 and gets replaced monthly.
I'm wondering, if we get a good vacuum, could we use it like...on the bed and the floors and the stairs and everywhere, and can it not make us go broke on internal filters (not that $8 a month is making us go broke, but...it seems excessive and very time consuming, and then there's the pre-filter and the foam band and...ugh it's gross.) and can mitigate the dust AND the hair?
I've read reviews on like, say, the Dyson Animal D28, however that seems like extreme overkill for a house with no permanent carpets. (Although carpet may happen once the most elderly dog passes away, not sure yet, toddler in the house leading that decision.)
So...is there a vacuum that's GREAT for dog hair and dust that doesn't just throw dust everywhere? And can it not be disgusting to dump out the bin? I thought of like a roomba, but a lot of the quickest hair buildup is on the stairs.
Sams yesterday had a returned Animal for $419, which seems kinda nuts for a vacuum, but I suppose you buy it once and you don't need to buy it again ever? I dunno. I ask you.