BUYER’S guide

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR PETS -

TALK­ING DIRTY

Dirt is trapped in car­pets in lay­ers, with fine dust at the very bot­tom, then pet hair and coarse dust, and fi­nally crumbs and sand near the top. Only the top­notch ma­chines are pow­er­ful enough to reach the fine dust, which is trapped in the un­der­felt.

HOW WE ROLL

Most vac­u­ums have a mo­torised roller brush, which works with the suc­tion. For best re­sults you should al­ways start with your suc­tion head on a raised set­ting, then grad­u­ally lower it un­til the roller ag­i­tates the car­pet, which frees up the deep-seated dirt.

BAG OR BOX?

Ex­perts dis­agree on bagged ver­sus bag­less vac­u­ums. Ob­vi­ously, a hard dirt box is far more con­ve­nient, be­ing eas­ier to empty and ad­ding no ex­tra run­ning costs, but bags use a rub­ber-sealed sys­tem, where no dust at all can es­cape.

GROOM­ING GAD­GET

If you have hairy pets you shouldn’t com­pro­mise on suc­tion power. Con­sider in­vest­ing in a ded­i­cated at­tach­ment for brush­ing up their hair. An­i­mal lovers should check out the top vac­uum brands, which now all have spe­cial mod­els for deep-clean­ing pet hair. Here bag­less also works bet­ter.

LIGHT­WEIGHT NUM­BERS

Cord­less up­right vac­u­ums are great for ma­noeu­vring around with­out the has­sle of plugs and cords, but they lack the suc­tion power needed for a deep clean. Th­ese work bet­ter on hard floors and are suit­able for small apart­ments, as the bat­ter­ies barely last an hour.

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