Owning a pet is a real pleasure and can bring joy to your life. Your little munchkins will follow you around your home, and before you train them properly, they won’t know what they can and can’t do. Having said this, looking and cleaning after your pet can be a real hassle. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about cleaning after your pets.
1. Limit the areas of your home accessible to your pet
First of all, remember that your pet does not have to access every corner of your home. Education is, therefore, one of the keywords to keep a clean house with pets. For example, to keep your bed clean and smell good, it’s best to avoid having your dog sleep.
Don’t hesitate to set limits from the start and limit your pet’s play area to a few rooms. This will allow you to contain the mess and possible odors better. To avoid making life too difficult for your doggie, prepare a padded basket for him, which should be more than enough to console him for not sleeping next to you.
On the other hand, you should know that those big cushions are a real nightmare in terms of hygiene. So, make sure you have a removable basket that you can regularly wash in the washing machine. Wicker baskets with a lining are also very effective in limiting foul odors.
2. Get a strong vacuum cleaner
A vacuum cleaner is a pet owner’s best friend. If you have a dog or cat, you’ll need to vacuum it more often than if you live alone. Choose a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner that is not afraid to suck up lots of clumps of hair. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you should also know that there are special filters for pet owners.
At the same time, you will also need to remove a lot of hair from your clothes, fabrics, or sofa. Rubber gloves are very effective for this. The static electricity makes it easy to gather up the hair before throwing it away. Special adhesive rollers are also designed to catch all pet hair. In general, to make hair less visible, choose fabrics that match your pet’s coat. For example, avoid a black basket if your dog has white hair.
Make your vacuum cleaner pleasant to use, put a few drops of essential oil on the bag or the filter of your appliance. This way, each time you use it, you deodorize the room at the same time! You can vary the pleasures by diffusing a different scent per room if you wish. Buy a stock of filters compatible with your vacuum cleaner and reserve each filter for a different essential oil to avoid mixing. This way, you can change the scent and alternate.
3. Getting rid of odors
If a musty odor has permeated the rug, use baking soda to neutralize the smell, as often happens with recently cleaned pet urine stains. Once the rug is thoroughly dry, purify the area by brushing the rug curls with 1/8 to 1/4 cup of baking soda. Leave for 15 minutes, then vacuum.
Eliminate that unpleasant urine smell from carpets with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and hot water. Pour it on the affected area so that the carpet absorbs it thoroughly, then let it sit for half an hour. Wash the soaked area with cool water until the vinegar is rinsed off, then dry the rug with towels.
Cover with a half-inch-thick layer of clean, dry white rags, towels, or paper towels topped with heavy objects (bricks, paperweights, doorstops, etc.) and let the absorbent material sit for several hours to soak up the moisture.
4. Brush and wash your pets
Whether you have a dog or a cat, we recommend washing or brushing them regularly. Brushing removes hair and prevents it from being shed around the house. Cats are generally not very comfortable with water, so washing them will be a hassle. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be groomed.
Brushing is still the ideal solution for your cats. Some even enjoy this brushing session. If you have a garden, it’s a good place to brush your four-legged friend. This way, the excess hair will fly out into the open air without getting it everywhere in your home.
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