We love our pets without a doubt, but boy, can they make a mess! Whether it’s the endless hair or the muddy paws, you may feel like you’re constantly cleaning. Love your clean home as much as you do your pets? Never fear; we have a few tips to help you keep your home clean when you have a pet.
Keep Your Pets Tidy
If you want to keep your home clean, you also have to keep your pet clean. Washing and grooming your pet regularly will help to lessen the amount of hair and dander it produces. It also decreases the accumulation of hair on your furniture and clothing. Wiping your pet’s feet after they come in from the backyard or a walk keeps dirt out of your home. Keeping your pet clean and well-groomed will both keep your pet healthy and your home clean!
Protect Your Furniture
Even if your pets aren’t allowed on the furniture, pet hair has a way of adhering to your upholstered couches and chairs. While this in and of itself isn’t preventable, you can certainly protect your furniture and make it easier to clean. Try adding a slipcover to your furniture (bonus points if it’s machine washable!) or covering your cushions with an old blanket or two that you can easily clean.
Clean Your Carpets Often
Pet hair, stains, and odors are among the hardest things to get out of your carpets. To keep your carpets looking and smelling good, it’s important to clean them frequently. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner that will rid your floors of any pet hair and dander—and make good use of it. Every six months to a year, have your carpets professionally cleaned to remove any deep-seated dirt or debris that can’t be removed with normal cleaning. Depending on your type of carpet and what you need from a cleaning, you may want to consider different professional carpet cleaning techniques.
Invest in a Lint Brush…
Though it’s a fact of pet ownership, pet hair all over your house can be an annoyance. To deal with the hair, invest in a quality lint brush. It’s one of the many great reusable options pet owners can use to tackle the hair on their furniture, carpeting, or clothes.
…And Some Stain Remover
Regardless of how clean you keep your pet and your home, your pet will inevitably have an accident. Address these situations quickly and keep some effective stain remover on hand for occasions such as these. With quick action and the right cleaning supplies, you can save your carpet, clothing, flooring, or furniture.
Learning how to keep your home clean when you have a pet will help you to enjoy both pet and homeownership with less frustration. When you have a pet, the inevitable mess will appear, but following these tips will help you to manage your pet and your home.