Of course you love your furry family members, but is it possible to have them and keep your house clean too? While it can be difficult, we will show you how to keep your house clean even with pets in a few simple steps. All you need to do is learn a few tricks, put in some regular effort, and stick to the routine.
Fur: Brush your cat or dog daily. Typically animals love this and it helps you bond with your pet, a win-win! You’ll be surprised at how spending five minutes brushing your pet will cut down on the hair that floats around your home. Daily brushing also gets rid of dead skin and you’ll notice that your pet looks and smells better after.
Odors: Put a fabric softener sheet in your favorite scent under the sofa or chair cushions where your pet likes to hang out.
Dirt: Placing mats at both the outside and inside of every door will cut down on the dirt that their paws track inside the house. Make sure these mats are washable so you can throw them in the wash as needed.
Clean up kit: To avoid messes getting out of hand, keep the following must-haves handy: a bucket with spray stain removers, rags, paper towels, and disposable disinfectant wipes.
Pet food: Keep pet food in covered containers. If left open, they can attract rodents and bugs.
Regular vacuuming: Pets will always shed, so it is important to vacuum often. If it’s just you and one pet, you can get away with vacuuming once or twice a week. But, for every other person and pet you should add another vacuum to the routine. If you have a big family and more than one pet, it is good to run a quick vacuum daily. To save time you can also Swiffer wood floors and minimize time pets spend in carpeted rooms.
Professional carpet and rug cleaning: Between routine cleanings it’s important to give your carpets a deep clean. Pet dander, hair, mites, etc. imbed deeply into the fibers of your rugs and carpets. If you are prone to allergies, it’s even more important to invest in a carpet cleaning at least once or twice a year.
Fur busting tools: Run a rubber or latex glove over carpets, rugs, furniture, etc. to collect pet hair quickly. Lint rollers are also a must to have on hand to collect hair in a hurry.
Odors: Baking soda gets rid of pet odors without any toxic concerns. Sprinkle on carpets, couches, pet beds, etc. Let sit for a of couple hours and vacuum up. You’ll notice the difference of your fresh smelling home. You can also make a baking soda and water spray and mist the air or fabrics easily. Spraying vinegar into the air is another way to beat pet odors.
Cleaning products: Always clean up pet messes right away, and when choosing a cleaner, make sure to use those that are non-toxic for animals. Pet stores carry safe formulas for pets, but you can also make your own cleaners from baking soda and vinegar that are safe. Click here for a few DIY cleaners that are non-toxic for cats and dogs. Remember to never use ammonia to clean, as it’s is similar to the scent of animal urine, which can send mixed signals to your pet.
Stains: If your pet has accidentally made a mess on your floor, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Follow these steps on our blog all about pet stains to help you get your carpets back to normal.
Nothing takes a toll on a home like repeated pet clean-ups, and the combination of fur and paw prints will continue to wear away your home decor if you don’t follow these steps to repel dirt and resist bacteria. These prevention tips and cleaning tactics should make your home feel as clean as it was before you added your furry family member(s). Remember to call us for an estimate if you need your carpets professionally cleaned!