If you’ve got a pet at home, you’ll already know that keeping a house clean with pets isn’t easy, especially during the wetter months. They’ll drag in mud, dirt, grass and anything else that sticks to their bodies while they’ve been outside. Having pets also attracts more dust, and let’s not even mention the fur! So, as a pet owner, you have to be cleaner than ever, which can be time consuming. How can you make sure your home stays clean without having to be cleaning every minute of the day?
Keep Your Pet Clean
It sounds like common sense, but if your pet comes into the house covered in mud or dirt, it’s important to clean them (preferably before letting them run through the house). Many owners don’t do this because they know washing a cat or dog with shampoo too often is bad for their skin and fur. So, when you’ve got a muddy fur ball on your hands, just wash them down with plain water and skip the shampoo. Towel dry as much as you can and then keep your pet in one area while they dry, otherwise you’ll end up with that wet dog smell all over your sofa.
There are lots of ways pets can dirty your flooring. Young puppies will inevitably have toilet accidents, cats will traipse their litter through your carpet, even guinea pigs have a way of leaving stains behind them. If you want less work when it comes to cleaning, avoid carpet at all costs. It’s often much easier to clean wooden flooring, but the best kind of floor for pets is luxury vinyl tiles. The better the quality, the easier to clean. Often all you’ll need to do is wipe over with a mop and it tiles don’t hold smells the same way laminate does.
Think About Your Sofa
Many people don’t consider their pets when picking out their sofas. It’s nice to be able to choose a sofa based entirely on what you like and nothing more. But, certain materials will attract pet hair much more than others. If you’re sick of finding clumps of pet hair on your sofas, no matter how much you brush your pets, it could be the material on your sofa. Leather is often the best choice for pets, but ensure you keep your pet’s claws trimmed to avoid scratches.
Pet Vacuum Cleaner
When it comes to cleaning up after your pets, it’s a good idea to invest in a vacuum cleaner that specifically designed for picking up pet hair. The additional suction also means you won’t miss dirt and grime that ends up on your floors. A pet vacuum cleaner can be used on all types of floors and will make your job much easier.
Clean Pet Bedding
If you’re making a conscious effort to keep your pet clean but you’re not cleaning your pet’s things, you’re wasting your time. It’s important to regularly clean your pet’s bedding, blankets and toys, especially if your pet is prone to fleas.