Monday, August 21, 2017

Top Tips For Keeping A Pet-Friendly Home Clean And Odour Free

Many of us enjoy sharing our home with pets, and they can bring us many hours of pleasure. However, as pet owners we all know, keeping a house clean with a furry friend scampering around is not easy. Dogs and cats are the biggest culprits, with muddy paw prints and hairs being the bane of many a householder. So what can be done to keep our homes clean, short of selling our beloved animals and buying a goldfish instead? Read on for some helpful advice.

Designate pet zones

Quite simply, mark off areas around the home where your pet isn’t allowed to wander. This isn’t so easy with cats, but having certain pet free rooms is a start. Dogs are easier to control, and a firm ‘no’ will ensure they soon get the point.

Clean your pets

Eliminate the problem of muddy pawprints around the home by cleaning the feet of your pets before they gain access to the house. Should they come in from the rain, give your pets a good dry down to get rid of any nasty damp odours. Regularly wash your pets, too. Most cats hate water, but a dry shampoo is an effective way of washing their fur. Dogs tend to be the opposite but wash them outdoors when possible to avoid a waterlogged bathroom.

Urine stains

No matter how well toilet trained your pets are, there may still be the occasional accident. Should you spot them using your flooring as an impromptu loo, be quick to voice your disapproval to let them know you aren’t happy. Then you need to quickly blot up the urine with anything you have to hand, such as a paper towel, and rub the area with soapy water which should get rid of the stain. A mix of white vinegar and water will neutralize the smell, and a wet vac will get rid of any remaining moisture.

Cleaner floors

Our floors are going to get dirty with the pitter-patter of tiny feet, from outside mud to remnants from your cat’s litter tray. We recommend you steam clean your carpets occasionally to get rid of ingrained dirt and odours, or hire a professional cleaning service, such as All Star Steam Cleaning, to do the job for you. When it comes to pet hair, use a mix of fabric softener and water in a spray bottle to loosen any difficult to remove hair and then use your vacuum. Alternatively, sprinkle baking soda over the area and vacuum, as usual, to bring up the hair, and deodorize the room.

Sorting out the sofa

You may want to upgrade your sofa to a leather alternative if you plan on letting your pets sit with you. Leather is easier to clean, and hairs can be removed easier. Alternatively, use your vacuum upholstery tool to remove loose hairs and use adhesive tape to get rid of any difficult patches. Of course, regularly grooming your pets will alleviate a lot of the problem.

Paws for thought

Let us know if you have any top tips for keeping your pet-friendly home clean.

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