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The science behind pet hair

Pet hair carries dander – which can become airborne and spread around the home. To understand how to help prevent pet allergies, Dyson’s microbiologists studied dirt, dander, and other particles around the different areas of the home.

Dyson microbiologist studying pet hair in a Dyson laboratory

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How a Dyson deep clean can help reduce pet allergies

For pet owners, it’s not just dirt brought in from outside that needs to be cleaned. The microscopic life that lives off dander is often what triggers pet allergies around the home. Dyson’s cleaning technology can help to reduce dog and cat hair allergy occurrences in bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens.

Woman using a Dyson cordless vacuum to clean all around the home

Your pet drops hair and particles as small as allergens around your home

To achieve a whole-home clean, Dyson’s engineers monitored how pet hair allergens spread around the home. Discover how to help prevent pet allergies and protect your family by learning its cause below.


Revealing potential pet hair allergens

Those seeking to reduce pet allergies know how integral clean air quality is. Dyson reveals invisible dust and hard-to-spot pet hair. The Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head makes invisible dust visible on hard floors – so you don’t miss anything1.

Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head cleaning hard floor

The science of pet hair

Dyson microbiologist observing pet hair
  • Strand of pet hair being analysed in a Dyson laboratory

    Dyson knows pet hair

    From German Shepherds to Collies and Samoyeds, Dyson’s scientists have spent years researching different hair types and how they spread pet allergens around the home.

  • Cutaway shows Dyson Motorbar cleaner head technology in action

    And how to remove it

    The Dyson Motorbar™ cleaner head is made with stiff nylon bristles, that drive deep into carpet and capture stubborn hair and the pet hair allergens that accompany it.

  • Dyson Motorbar cleaner head deep cleaning hair from a carpet

    From all surfaces

    Dust and hair can cling to the static charges of hard floors. Anti-static carbon fibre filaments reach deep to release fine particles like hair and dander.

Powerfully captures pet hair

The Dyson Motorbar™ automatically de-tangles. Powerful Dyson suction removes dust, dirt and pet hair.

Dyson Motorbar cleaner head cleaning across a hard floor and a carpet


  • Dyson Hair screw tool cleans a pet bed, and a Motorbar cleaner head clears hair from a carpet

    De-tangles hair automatically

    Motorbar™ cleaner head technology uses polycarbonate hair removal vanes to automatically clear the brush bar as you clean.

  • Motorised brush bar inside the Dyson Motorbar cleaner head

    Removes hair from pet beds, car seats and stairs. Fast.

    The Motorised conical brush bar and detangling Hair screw tool migrate long hair and pet hair, from surface to bin.


Pets drop more than just hair

Dyson microbiologists study microscopic particles
  • Close up of pet hair

    Pet hair can carry allergens

    Our microbiologists study the particles that can cling to pet hair, helping to find better ways capture them.

  • Pet hair under a microscope at Dyson

    Dyson looks closer

    Our microbiologists study the particles that can cling to pet hair, helping to find better ways to capture them.

  • Particle becomes visible under microscope

    For a cleaner, more hygienic home

    That’s why Dyson vacuums have the tools, power and filtration to capture and contain invisible particles.


Helps reduce pet allergies with filtration

Dyson’s advanced filtration traps 99.99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns2. Our latest HEPA vacuums have a filtration efficiency of 99.97% down to 0.1 mircons3.

Close up of a Dyson cordless vacuum's filter unit

Pet-focused tools and accessories

Pet groom tool

Designed for pets with medium to long hair. The Pet groom tool sucks loose hairs from your pet to the bin – intercepting them before they spread around the home.

Grooming a pet with the Pet groom tool
  • Pet groom tool capturing loose hair

    Captures loose hair

    The dual-purpose attachment brushes capture loose pet hairs, directly transferring into the vacuum.

  • The angled bristles on the pet groom tool

    Grooms quickly and comfortably

    364 bristles are angled at 35°, and flex to an upright position as you brush, for comfortable grooming.

  • Pet groom tool captures dead skin cells

    Removes allergens as you go

    Pet hair can carry pet allergens. Pet groom tool removes hair with every stroke – helping to prevent them spreading around your home.

Hair screw tool

Hair screw tool

Engineered for Dyson cordless vacuums. The de-tangling conical brush bar removes long hair and pet hair from pet beds, car seats and stairs. Fast.

Hair screw tool sucking up hair from pet bed

1Laser engineered for hard floors. Effectiveness of laser influenced by ambient light conditions, debris type and surface.

2Tested against ASTM F1977-04 (particles sized 0.3-0.5 microns), tested in Boost mode.

3Filtration tested against ASTM F3150, tested in Boost mode by independent third-party, SGS-IBR Laboratories US in 2020.

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