4 Ways to Keep Your House Clean With Pets
They are our best friends and once you have one, you can’t imagine your life without them. Which also sometimes means you can’t imagine your life without pet hair everywhere!
We’ve put together some tips to help you keep your house squeaky clean, even with your little buddy around.
1. Tackle That Pet Hair
Pet hair is probably the thing you have the most problems with, since it can quickly make your home feel stuffy.
The key to eliminating this problem is the right vacuum. If you have the right vacuum cleaner, then pet hair that gets onto or stuck in the carpet won’t be an issue anymore. Plenty of vacuum cleaners exist that are designed specifically for dealing with pet hair but according to Appliance Hunter:
“If you have a big house with a lot of floor space… go for an upright [vacuum]. But if you have a small house or flat, a cordless will do you just fine.”
Once you’ve finished vacuuming, use a rubber rake or squeegee over your carpet. That will make sure that every last bit of pet hair is lifted, leaving your house feeling fresh.
2. Keep It Clean
This one is probably obvious but keeping your pet and their belongings clean, not just free of dust and hair is one of the best ways to keep your house clean!
Give your pet regular baths (easier said than done, I know!) and make sure that you give their paws a clean if you walk them. This is especially important in the winter months, when they’re more likely to track mud or salt through the house after getting home. A doormat could be your best friend, since it’ll catch the mud before they get anywhere!
Also, remember to regularly clean their bedding and housing, no matter what pet you have. It’s where they spend a lot of their time and is likely to build up that pet smell the most. If they have soft toys, remember to wash these too!
With pets comes accidents – unfortunately that’s just the way it is! So make sure you always have a stain remover on hand, so that you’re prepared for anything. The quicker you’re able to deal with stains, the easier they are to lift. Just make sure you go for an enzyme cleaner, they work the best.
3. Get Some Air
Like I said earlier, having a pet can mean that your house feels stuffy, or even smells stuffy.
Opening up your windows and doors (depending on where you live, I know this isn’t feasible everywhere) for 10 or 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference to how fresh your house feels. It can help to get rid of odours and ensure nothing smells stuffy.
To keep things fresh, you could also consider air-freshening products, like diffusers, or even candles! Some diffusers are electric and can be set on a timer, so you don’t get overwhelmed with scents. Just make sure that your pet is comfortable with the new smell, since they tend to be more sensitive to strong scents.
4. Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Keeping the house clean with a pet following you around can be difficult but there are things you can change or keep up every day that make cleaning a lot easier.
Rather than going for a fluffy, soft pet bed, go for one that’s water-resistant and easy to wipe down. This means you can give it a quick wipe every day, keeping smells at bay.
Pets love to be comfortable and unfortunately this usually means that they find their way onto your couch. To keep your couch in good condition, give your pets regular nail trimmings, since this will stop their claws from scratching the surface of your sofa.
Another good tip is to consider getting a mat or tray to put underneath your pet’s food and water bowls. This will help you contain the food that they inevitably get everywhere – you know how excited they can be about their dinner!
Finally, keep your pet’s flea and tick medication up to date, since in this case prevention is definitely better than cure. Nobody wants unwelcome guests in their home!