Bringing a pet home is one of the happiest moments of life. It fills us with so much joy that we can barely contain ourselves. We follow the furry pet around, we play, we pamper, and we always want to stay close. Before we even know it, they become a part of our family, and we cannot imagine life without them.
But, with great happiness comes great responsibility and a lot of fur. Pets are goofy, extremely active, and curious. Plus, they shed a lot. So, that means dirty laundry, dirty furniture, paw marks everywhere and of course hair in places you never even thought possible! But, it doesn’t mean that you have to live messily if you have a pet. You can just take a few precautions to keep your house squeaky clean despite having four-legged beings parading in and around. Still lost? Well, read on to learn of some of the best ways to keep your house clean with pets.
Get your pet into a routine
Just like walks and treats, your pet needs a cleaning routine. Clean his ears, nose, and eyes regularly. You can also add consistent baths to the routine, but it doesn’t always have to be with shampoo. A quick wash with water will do you a world of good, and since it is in the schedule, your pet (if he hates baths) won’t feel like it is punishment. This routine will help remove a lot of dirt from the house. Remember, what grooming gets rid of is not really the dirt you find around the house. Grooming is almost like deep cleaning. Dust and fur that punctuate the house every day need to be taken care, and a routine will help you with that.
In short, the first step to a clean house is a clean pet!
Upgrade the entrance to the house
Making a few changes at the entrance way such as getting a strong doormat and keeping things such as a cleaning spray, pet towels, and a few treats will do you a world of good. The moment Fido comes back from his walk or play date, you can clean his paws, wipe him down, and give him few treats. All the dirt will stay away, and your home will remain clean!
Get a good vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaners are lifesavers for all households, but they are more of a necessity at homes with pets. They get rid of a lot of dust and fur – the two main accompaniments of every pet! We recommend an automatic vacuum cleaner like a Roomba, but even a regular one will do the trick for you. The biggest thing to consider while making a purchase is the type of flooring you have and how efficient the cleaner is on furniture (if your pet is allowed on it).
How often you need to vacuum solely depend on the breed of your pet. If he sheds, you will have to vacuum every single day. If he is a light shedder, every alternate day should suffice.
Keep a stain remover handy
No matter how much we train them not to do their business indoors, accidents happen. It may be because they are ill, scared, or anxious, or they probably don’t like the rain. Whatever the reason may be, tackling the accident immediately is important. Clean it up and use a stain remover with good fragrance to get rid of the smell. Always buy enzyme-based cleaners with quick action formula. There are many products made specifically to tackle animal accidents. Get one of those!
Clean your pet’s belongings regularly
You must clean everything from his diaper to his bowl and his toys regularly. Why? For hygiene reasons. Also, because his belongings capture his odor and can make the entire house smell. If they are machine-washable, you are in luck. If not, soak them and wash them in the sink. Let them dry in the sun!
Pro tip: Buy a practical bed that’s easy to clean as opposed to fancy ones that just look great. Fancy ones are usually not easy to clean and can cause you to scream in frustration each time you try. As long as the bed is comfortable, your pet will not care if it has polka dots or if it is blue in colour.
Keep dog hair at bay and roll the lint away!
Every pet owner must have a lint cleaner to keep your house clean with pets. These lint rolls are very handy and can get fur or dirt of small objects, pillows, and even furniture. So, every time you clean the house, remember to use a lint remover as well.
Deodorize your home
Fresh air works as a great deodorizer. During the spring season, you can just let the air do the magic as you sit back and relax. During winter too, you can open the windows for a few minutes.
Besides this, we suggest that you use baking soda on carpets, rugs, and mats to neutralize the odor.
Pro tip: Using vinegar while washing pet toys will combat odor better than anything else. You can also use some vodka on upholstery. Pour it in a spray bottle and spritz it lightly.
Get a pet-friendly easy to clean couch
When we say pet-friendly, we mean a couch that’s easy to clean. If you are among those pet owners who cannot get themselves to keep their pets off the couch, you may need to upgrade your couch. Yes, we agree that this can be expensive, but in the long run, it will save you a lot of headaches. Choose a leather couch or a couch made of similar material. Leather does not attract pet hair, making its maintenance quite easy even with a pet.
Ensure regular exercise
This tip works great for pets who are mischievous and super active. When they get regular exercise, they are usually too tired to bother being naughty and zooming around the house. Once they channel all their energy during play and exercise, they will just relax at home without running around.
Hire professional housekeeping services
Once in a while, it is completely alright to leave it to the pros to clean your home. Depending on your needs, you can hire them one in two months or four months. A thorough cleaning can make your home super clean and trust us; the fee is a small price to pay for the satisfaction and relief you will get afterward. Just make sure that whoever you employ that they don’t use cleaning products that will harm your pets.
If you think about it, it is really not that hard to keep your house clean with pets. You just need to upgrade the cleaning process and take a few measures to eliminate odor, dirt, and fur. We hope this article helped you and we can’t wait for you to start using the tips! All the best.
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