November 22, 2021
Having an animal (or animals) in your home can be an absolute joy. In fact, studies suggest families who have animals are happier and healthier. However, as any pet owner knows, keeping a house clean with pets is a real struggle. So how do you have a clean house with pets? Let’s dig into some tried and true ways to clean pet hair from your house, keep your house smelling clean, and more.
The first tip we have for you is a bit of a curveball. Rather than only focusing on cleaning your house, keep your pets clean! If your pup looks like he’s been rolling around in the mud, he’s inevitably going to spread it all over the house. And while shampooing your pet too often is a no-no, a quick rinse down with water can go a long way to keeping your home looking a heck of a lot cleaner. However, remember to keep that wet dog relegated to one room in the house! A laundry room or kitchen is probably your best bet. If you have a breed that requires regular cleaning or trimming, make sure you’re keeping that up as well.
Let’s face it. It’s really tough to say no to having your dog on your couch. But the problem is, your couch may be the most powerful fur-attracting magnet in your house if it’s made from certain materials. So if you want to let poochy stay on the sofa, it may be time to swap out your furniture. Ideal materials for a dog-friendly couch include leather or very tightly-woven materials in a color somewhat similar to your dog. If you don’t want to pony up for a new sectional, you can always purchase a pet-friendly cover or throw that you can frequently wash.
One of the most important tools for keeping a clean house with pets is investing in a quality vacuum cleaner that’s suited for cleaning up pet hairs and help remove odors. Make sure the vacuum you get has powerful suction along with a good brush and filter, as you need it to pull the hair out of areas rather than simply move over the surface. If you’ve got a pup that sheds quite a bit, it’s really important to stay on top of vacuuming daily as the hair can really add up.
The last thing you want is your dog running inside and creating havoc and a dirt tornado immediately after playing in the yard. So it’s advisable to set up a pet cleaning station in the entranceway to your home, or in your laundry room if you have one. Get a heavy duty mat, towels, dog wipes, and even a spray bottle to get those dirty paws clean quickly!
In addition to a dirty pet, filthy dog toys, beds, and other pet possessions can contribute in a major way to dirtying up your home. To keep your house smelling clean with pets, you really need to clean their stuff as well. If the stuff is machine washable, toss it in the laundry often. If not, unfortunately you need to wash them in the sink and leave them outside (ideally on a sunny day of course) to dry.
You don’t need to rush to the store and buy hundreds of dollars worth of pet-friendly cleaning supplies if you don’t want to. In fact, there are many household items that will work quite well for a deep clean of a house with pets. If you’ve got furniture that’s tough to clean, you can pour a little vodka in a spray bottle and tackle nasty odors effectively. Other household goods that work well include baking soda (sprinkle on your carpets and rugs before vacuuming) and vinegar (use it in the washing machine when cleaning dog toys and beds).
No one’s animal is perfect, and once in a while, your beloved pet may leave an excellent deposit on the floor or, heaven forbid, your furniture. It’s crucial you move quickly to clean up the mess, using an enzyme-based cleaner to neutralize the smells.
You know you want to get your dog something special for him to relax in. But resist the temptation to buy something with a lush fabric or lots of fluff. It will be nearly impossible to fully clean. Instead, opt for a dog bed that’s easy to wipe down and water-resistant. It won’t absorb odors, and if you wipe it down weekly and let it dry outside, it’ll make a huge difference.
If you're suffocating from the smell of pets, open up the windows! Of course, it’s easy to do on a nice day, but even on a cold winter day, just opening the windows for 10 minutes can make a significant difference when it comes to keeping your house smelling clean.
We’ve never met a pet owner who doesn’t have a lint owner somewhere in their house. It’s pretty much a mathematical impossibility. So since you’ve got one, add it to your cleaning caddy and use it wherever pet hairs seem to congregate, such as lampshades, throw pillows, and more.
One of the best things you can do, especially during inclement weather, is wash your pet’s paws before they come inside. You can use a shallow tray with some water and an absorbent towel, or you can get yourself a dog paw washer. Either way, this will make a huge difference in preventing your pup from tracking in dirt and odors.
Shockingly, there are many nice options for indoor/outdoor rugs, and implementing them in a home with pets can make a huge difference when it comes to the ease of cleaning. These rugs, of course, work wonders, especially in areas where your pet likes to lounge around.
This is more appearance hack than cleaning trick, but darker glossier paint works wonders at hiding animal nose prints and dirty tail smears. You can even find durable indoor-outdoor paint to coat your cabinets, which will make a huge difference in having your home look less like a kennel.
As you well know, keeping a home clean with pets is a rough job. One of the best options may be to hire a regular professional cleaning service to help you keep your animal-filled home as pristine as possible. Our professional cleaning experts at Euro Maids are well-equipped to handle even the most significant pet stains and fur-covered surfaces.
Contact us for a free estimate to see how much time and peace of mind we can save you. You deserve to enjoy your pet without dealing with a smelly, dirty home. Let us help you get the best of both worlds!
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