Pet Owners Tips for keeping your house clean

Pet Owners Tips for keeping your house clean

Muddy paw prints, fur coated furniture and clothes, litter boxes and unappealing smells are some of the many things we put up with for the love of our pets, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  As far-fetched as it sounds, it is possible for a pet owner to also have a clean and tidy house. Though this will involve a little extra work on your part, it isn’t a complicated process and will leave you with not only a clean home, but also a healthy living environment.

dogs on the sofa

Before looking at things you need to do around the home, first consider what you should be doing with your pets.  Firstly, you should bath your dogs regularly, cats don’t usually need it, but on some occasions you will need to give your cat a bath. The cleaner pets are the less mess they will leave around your home.  This not only gets rid of all the mud and dirt from your pet, but it also removes any unwanted fur, which means less will fall out and be left on your furniture and clothing.  Make sure your pet is up-to-date with all of their vaccinations so that they are protected against diseases and address any problems you may be having with your animal, such as urinating in the home or destroying furniture.  Read some advice pages on dealing with problem pets, for example to stop your cat peeing on the sofa you should read an article on how to stop your cat peeing on the sofa.  

When it comes to keeping your home clean, here are some essential tips:

  • If your pet has urinated in your home then clean it immediately and continue to clean the area until the smell has gone completely.  Urine has a very strong smell that can linger for quite a long time, therefore, it may take a while before the smell has properly gone.
  • Keep a hand-held, portable vacuum cleaner close by for any caged animals, such as birds and rodents, that may throw seed or sawdust out of their cage.
  • Wash pet bedding regularly, not only will it be covered in fur, but it will also stink of your pet.  The smell from the bedding will fill whatever room it is in, making your home smell unpleasant to guests.
  • Remove fur from your furniture using a vacuum cleaner or a lint brush, if you have neither to hand then you can use a sticky tape, though this does take much longer.   If you are using a vacuum cleaner make sure you apply the pet brush fitting or a smaller fitting, so that the pressure is stronger.
  • Clean your floors regularly.  Tiled and wooden floors should be swept and mopped with bleach or detergent at least once a week, this will kill all of the bacteria bought in by your pet.  Carpeted floors should be vacuumed at least once a week and specially cleaned using a specialist cleaner at least once or twice a year.
  • Using a strong disinfectant, wipe down all of the surfaces that your pet has walked on, eaten off, licked, jumped up on etc.  Your pet will have a lot of bacteria and grime on the bottom on their feet, so you should make sure you clean these surfaces thoroughly and regularly, once a week minimum.
  • If you own an air conditioning unit, make sure you change the filters regularly so that it keeps the air clean and your home smelling fresher.

By simply following the above tips, you will find your home not only looks and smells cleaner, but it is also a much more hygienic environment for you and your family to live and relax in.


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