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7 Steps to a Clean Home with Pets

March 15, 2002 By Taina Laraba

· Home and Garden

How would you love a home that looks like this all the time?

I'm going to show you 7 things you can do to keep your home looking like this!

 KEEP YOUR PETS CLEAN

Start with your pet. Keeping your pet brushed and clean can make a big difference in the amount of pet-related cleaning you have to do in your home.

GROOM

Depending upon the breed, shedding can be a real issue. Our golden retrievers shed all year long here in Texas.

To minimize this, we have them groomed and brush them regularly. Each breed is different, so be sure to research or ask your veterinarian for grooming recommendations.

This is the best brush she's found.

FEET

Also, we ensure that our pets come inside with clean feet! You can try keeping towels by your back door. It will make cleaning their feet convenient. If it is has been raining, lay down extra towels for them to step onto prior to entering your home. You can also place a bowl of water at your entrance. Dipping muddy feet into water my take a couple of extra minutes, but could save you from mopping, shampooing carpet, or cleaning something much more difficult.

2. CLEAN YOUR PET’S BELONGINGS

Take the time to wash your pet’s bed, food and water bowls, leashes, and toys (check to make sure they are washable). I wash toys in the washing machine and balls in a sink full of soapy water.

3. REDUCE CLEANING TASKS

This is big. If you can keep an eye on your pets, you may cut down on your cleaning tasks. Of course all pets are different, but if you have a pet that can’t be trusted, keeping them nearby may save you cleanup efforts.

A rubber mat for food and water bowls is a great way to cut down on mealtime messes.

Another way you can eliminate some of your pet-related chores, cover some of their favorite surfaces.

If you asked me to name the one item that I use most frequently, it would be a flat bed sheet. I use it to protect my sofa as you can see below.

If you find a sheet in a similar color to your sofa, it will be barely noticeable.

This works well in preventing your sofa from becoming hair-covered. The sheet catches most of the hairs and you can easily throw it into the washing machine. Switch it out and have a perfectly clean seat again in no time!

Here you can see our pups napping on our sofa with a sheet covering the seat.

First, washable bedding is always a good choice if your pets get on your bed. All of our bedding is washable.

A normal day, before bedtime, this is what our bed looks like.

A sheet works beautifully here too and we sleep with one on top of our covers every night.

4. STAY ON TOP OF PET HAIR

No matter how much you try to keep pet hair off of your furniture, you can’t eliminate all of it. See Ava in her favorite spot?

But, I actually have a trick for tidying this up. Use a slightly damp washcloth to wipe down the fabric. (Of course it’s important to make sure this is safe for your fabric). It’s a quick fix and the chair will be clean!

5. VACUUM

The hair and dirt on your floor…..isn’t it the worst?

Each morning I use our robot vacuum (best thing ever for pet owners) in my bedroom first. Later in the day, I often use it in the rest of my house. If possible, I strongly encourage you to get this vacuum. It is so much easier than vacuuming your whole house with an upright. We also have a Dyson cordless for quick jobs and this Shark is the vacuum we’ve had for several years. We did our research on each before purchasing and they have lived up to our expectations.

For best pet hair pick up, you should clean your vacuum regularly. If you don’t, the filter will smell like pet hair and dirt and spread the odors around your home. Also, be sure to remove the pet hair that gets wrapped around the brush roller. For reference, I have to do this 2-3 times per week.

Note: Between vacuuming, this broom is a favorite of mine. It’s rubber bristles attract pet hair and works on both hard surfaces AND carpet!

6. AIR OUT YOUR HOUSE REGULARLY

Simply opening a few windows for a few minute per day will make a big difference. I try to open windows on opposite sides of my home to create flow.

7. HAVE A PLAN FOR DEALING WITH ACCIDENTS

We recently had a new piece of furniture delivered. That same night, Ava’s whole dinner came back up, right on top of the new piece. We reacted quickly with paper towels and cleaning rags and saved our new piece.

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