Studies have shown that people who have pets are happier and healthier compared to those who have none. There are several benefits humans can get from having a pet, including reduced stress levels, stronger immune systems, and company.
However, pets can also make your house a mess and leave an unpleasant odour. As such, it is necessary to groom your pets all the time and clean up after them.
Here are some tips on how you can keep a clean house with pets:
1. Choose the right materials
Choosing the right materials for your furniture and fabric can make cleaning a lot easier. Pick those that are made of leather, microfiber fabrics, and tightly woven materials, which are easier to wipe down and clean and are resistant to stain. Satin and velvet are a big no.
2. Set up a cleaning station
Placed a pet cleaning area at the entranceway of your house so you can easily clean up your pet after playing outside. Put a heavy-duty doormat and a basket of pet towels, wipes and water spray bottles you can easily access to wipe the dirt off your pet’s paws.
3. Keep your pets groomed
Regularly wash your pets to keep them clean and fresh. Washing them with plain water will suffice, as it is not recommended to use pet shampoo every day. Dry them thoroughly so there won’t be a damp dog smell.
Brushing your pet’s hair regularly helps minimize shedding and keeps their fur and skin healthy. Clip your pet’s nails to avoid scratches on the floors and furniture, and wipe off the dirt on their paws from time to time to keep them clean.
4. Get rid of the fur
Every week, vacuum your carpet, sofa and other furniture to remove furs. It can also help remove the odour. Clean the nooks and crannies thoroughly to ensure no hairs are left behind. Choose a vacuum specifically designed for pets, such as one with extra strong suction, quality filter, and a good brush. Use lint rollers to remove furs on clothes and on your pet.
5. Clean your pet’s stuff
Regularly cleaning your pet’s bed and toys can prevent dirt and odour from building up. Wash them in the washing machine if they are machine washable. Otherwise, wash them in the sink and hang them outside to dry.
Place some boxes around the house where you can keep your pet’s toys and minimize the clutter.
Designate a feeding station where you can place your pet’s food and water bowls. Put a placemat underneath so it will be easier to clean up crumbs and spills.
6. Spot-clean messes immediately
As soon as an accident happens, spot-clean clean them using cloth wipes or paper towels. Then use an enzyme-based cleaner which will mask the odour. Some wipes can disinfect and deodorize the area, and a stain removing product also comes handy.
7. Deodorize your house
Use natural products to freshen up the air inside the house such as beeswax or soy candles, essential oils, spices like cinnamon and orange rind, and charcoal.
8. Hire a professional home cleaner
Keeping your house clean and fresh when you live with pets can mean a lot of extra work. Most of the cleaning must be done every week, so it can be especially daunting for people who have a busy schedule.
Professional cleaners have the knowledge and skills necessary to keep your home clean. They can do the cleaning task for you properly and thoroughly, making it a safe place for your pets and your family. Save your energy and enjoy your free time, which you can use to attend to other things. You can make them come on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, and see how it can make a difference.
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