It’s great being a pet owner, it’s just too bad that your pets can’t help clean up the mess they make! Just because you have a pet, doesn’t meet that your house will turn into a sty. Here are some tips to help you keep your home clean and pet friendly.
Most pets shed. That means frequent vacuuming, sweeping, and lint rolling is a must. Simply taking out the vacuum or broom twice a week and giving your home a good once-over should get rid of a good amount of the hair.
Bathe And Groom Your Pet Often:
Having a clean pet can help you keep your home clean. Giving your pet a bath will clean them up and eliminate some of the loose hair they were about to shed. Brushing can also eliminate a good amount of hair, while clipping their nails can keep your floors and furniture from being scratched up.
Use The Right Fabric:
Try to find blankets and furniture that is stain resistant and easy to clean. Velvet, tweed and chenille fabrics are pet hair magnets and should be avoided. You’ll also want to steer clear of delicate fabrics like silk that are tough to clean and tear easily. Instead, the rule of thumb is to go with a fabric that has a tight weave. Leather, canvas and synthetic material are a few solid options.
Keep A Clean-Up Area By The Door:
As much as we’d like to avoid it, your dog is bound to get covered in mud every once in a while. Keeping a towel, pet wipes and more by the door can allow for a quick clean up before they run around and spread that mud all over the house.
Avoid Low Furniture:
Having pets around low coffee tables and end tables is a recipe for disaster. These tables are just begging for a cat to jump on them or a dogs wagging tail to knock things over. Candles, glasses, puzzles - nothing is safe on these tables. Think about the layout of your home and decorate accordingly to avoid any mishaps.
Steer Clear of Carpeted Floors:
Carpeted floors will trap odors and pet hair and will soak up pet-related stains. Solid floors, like laminate or hardwood, are much easier to handle when it comes to clean up. If you have the opportunity, opt for solid floors with an area rug or two. That way area rugs can easily be picked up, cleaned, and replaced when necessary.
Don’t Decorate With Fragile Items:
Whether you have a cat or a dog, pets and fragile items simply don’t mix. Avoid buying fragile trinkets and home decor as much as you can. The ones that you do own should be kept safe on high shelves or in cabinets with glass panel doors.
With these tips in mind, your home should be ready for you and your pet to live in. If you have a pool in your yard though, that’s another major pet hazard and you’re going to want to take steps to make sure they stay safe. Check out our blog on how to keep pets and wildlife out of your pool for more information.