How We Keep Pet Hair + Messes to a Minimum

How We Keep Pet Hair + Messes to a Minimum

We sent Kim and Scott Vargo of ‘Yellow Brick Home’ our ICONpet Cordless Vacuum for free in exchange for their honest review of our product. Here’s what they had to say.

We’re a BISSELL® family. By now, you’ve heard us talk about how we use and love our CrossWave® Pet Pro multi-surface cleaner and our SpotClean Pro portable carpet cleaner for the deepest clean around our home, but there are several reasons why we turn to the brand again and again (and again!). For starters, they’ve seemed to nail the whole you’ve-got-pet-messes-we’ve-got-solutions thing, as their tools are specifically geared towards families like ours. Families with pets and toddlers, families who regularly find peanut butter on the sofa and families who slip on mysterious messes in the kitchen. (How many of you have asked aloud, what was that?)

BISSELL® has a tool for every need, and I’m going to say it aloud: We’ve officially hit the trifecta of pet-focused cleaning tools now that we’ve added the ICONpet™ Cordless Vacuum to the mix. It’s sleek and beautifully designed (never flashy), powerful, and – yet another reason to support them – serves the higher purpose of helping pets in search of their forever homes. More on the latter in a moment!


How We Keep Pet Hair + Messes to a Minimum

Truth be told, Scott and I actually enjoy cleaning. Is there anything better than wiping off the countertops and using the CrossWave® on the floor, then lighting a candle and setting out a vase of freshly cut stems to celebrate? (Don’t answer that.) But seriously, I think we enjoy cleaning because we have systems in place to keep it easy breezy – like bins for toys, caddies for cleaning sprays and generally keeping the stuff that enters our home at bay. Below, I’m sharing the other ways we keep pet hair and messes to a minimum!



A cordless vacuum means we clean more. Period. The ICONpet™ Cordless has a high-performance digital motor that powers up to 50 minutes(!) of cleaning (depending on mode and attachments, of course). There are three levels of cleaning modes, allowing us to easily switch between our rugs, hardwood floors and tiles with the press of a button. Perhaps one of my favorite features of the vacuum – aside from being cordless, which is already pretty dreamy, right? – is that the power button is one click and done. There’s no need to hold a trigger throughout the duration of our cleaning spree!

When we’ve finished vacuuming, it hangs on a charging station in our craft room. The station comes complete with wall storage to keep our attachments tidy.

How We Keep Pet Hair + Messes to a Minimum


Speaking of attachments, you know the kind. The ones that come with every cleaning tool you purchase? We use them. Although it’s all too easy to toss them aside, we love that the ICONpet™ Cordless charging wall mount keeps our attachments at the ready, so they’re never going missing. After a quick roll over our floors, I switch over to my personal favorite: the TurboBrush® tool. I use it on our stair runner and the most loved couch cushions, and for those few extra minutes of my time, our home sees a deeper clean for the long haul.

How We Keep Pet Hair + Messes to a Minimum

Scott enjoys the crevice tool, which he uses to clean up the crushed cereal and dog hair in our car. It also comes in handy for eliminating dust and grime up high when used with the extension wand!

How We Keep Pet Hair + Messes to a Minimum



Like, really easy. Does the ICONpet™ Cordless have a removable, hassle-free dirt canister? Yes. Does it have a tangle-free brush roll?* Yes. (No more wrapped hair to break free!) The swivel head allows for easy maneuvering around and under furniture, and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: Three cheers for being cordless!

We keep our ICONpet™ Cordless vacuum charging upstairs at all times, so it’s always ready to sweep up the bedroom (where Jack and CC also sleep), the playroom and our home office. Nearby, we keep a caddy with microfibers, cleaning spray and sponges. Having everything on the same floor (we do the same for the downstairs!) means that there’s no excuse to not clean. It’s all too easy, all within reach.

*Tested per tangle free protocol BTP0251-A with hair length 6 - 8".



  • Fun fact #1: BISSELL is a Michigan-based company!
  • Fun fact #2: One purchase of an ICONpet Cordless vacuum helps fun a pet adoption at a BISSELL Pet Foundation® Empty the Shelters Event.

Remember when I said that BISSELL® cares about pets in need? For every registered purchase of an ICONpet™ Cordless Vacuum, BISSELL® donates $25 to BISSELL Pet Foundation® to cover the cost of one adoption fee at a BISSELL Pet Foundation®Empty the Shelters event. Registering your product takes less than a minute (I did it quickly on my smart phone!), and you’ll take comfort in knowing that you’re providing a forever home to a shelter pet in need. Always and forever, we will love this about BISSELL®. Pet people are our people.

How We Keep Pet Hair + Messes to a Minimum

By the end of the year, BISSELL® will have donated at least $1 million dollars towards pulling pets from the shelters. Pets just like Jack and CC!


About Yellow Brick Home: This Chicago-based husband and wife pair is obsessed with all things renovation – always working to bring older homes back to life. They’re also passionate about rescuing pets! Right now they have two adopted dogs and a cat and a daughter named Lucy.

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