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Keeping your house clean with pets!by Reece Sadiq, Jul 2018
We are a nation of animal lovers – it’s no secret. But our furry friends can mean keeping your home clean is a nightmare, especially if you have a dog or a cat who sheds hairs in their wake! Here’s our top tips for maintaining a sparkling home when you have household pets.
1. Keep your pets clean
If Rover looks like he’s run a ‘tough mudder’ after every walk, it’s time to set up a pet grooming routine. It sounds obvious, but dirt removed through grooming is dirt not lying around the house. Depending on the breed they may also require trimming or de-shedding; use a professional dog groomer for a thorough job.
2. Upgrade your sofa
If you can’t bear to push your pooch off the couch it might be time to upgrade your current sofa. The wrong material can act like a hair magnet. While scouting your new sofa, look for leather or tightly woven materials, ideally in a similar shade to your pets. If you can’t afford a new sofa, add a pet friendly throw which can be thrown in the wash when needed.
3. Buy a quality vacuum cleaner
Look for a pet appropriate hoover to pick up pesky hairs and help banish odours. You’ll need an extra strong suction, quality filter and a good brush action to pull hair out rather than glide over the surface. Consider the type of flooring you have in your home and if your pet goes on the furniture, look for one which can tackle upholstery too.
4. Set up a dog cleaning station
If you’re lucky enough to have a utility room, set up your dog cleaning station there. But if not, simply tweak your entranceway. We’re talking a heavy duty doormat, easily accessible dog towels and wipes and a water spray bottle to clean muddy paws. Maybe a couple of treats, too.
5. Regularly clean your pet’s things
Pet beds, toys and even leads pick up that strong dog odour and all need to be cleaned regularly. Check if they are machine washable, otherwise you can wash by hand in the sink. Save this chore for a sunny day and allow them to dry outside where the sun will help kill bad odours.
6. Raid your cupboards to fight bad odour
If you don’t want to purchase a cupboard load of cleaning products, check out what you’ve already got. For furniture and upholstery that isn’t easy to clean, a light spritzing of vodka will help remove odours. Baking soda is also great at neutralising odours; you can shake over rugs and carpets before vacuuming or leave pots of it in offending areas to absorb odours. Vinegar is also perfect for removing bad smells; use it when washing toys and beds.
7. React quickly to accidents
Life with pets means the odd accident. Our advice? Act fast and use an enzyme-based cleaner to minimise smells.
8. Buy a sensible dog bed
Walking down the pet bed aisle, it’s easy to get lured in with decadent design and extra fluffy lining. But don’t be fooled – they will be a nightmare to clean. Instead go for a water resistant, easy to wipe down option. Give it a quick wipe down once a week and leave it out to air in the sun whenever possible.
9. Air your house
Now that summer is here, open your windows and let some fresh air in. Even on cold days, a 10 minute blast of fresh air works wonders at deodorising.