Are you tired of cleaning up after your pets? Their hair, dander and dirt from your household belongings? Do you still end up smelling bad odors even though you’ve cleaned your whole house?
If you know what we’re talking about then you’ve come to the right place. It’s only natural, having pets means you have to put up with their many unique characteristics and everything else that comes with it – from getting the best kitten food for cats, to have the right cleaning materials for dogs.
However, fear not, for we have come up with some brilliant tips to help you tackle these problems head-on. With these essential cleaning tips, you’ll become the master of keeping your house clean in no time!
Let’s take a look at these tips right away!
1. Dealing With Unwanted Odors
Having pets around the house, whether they are a cat(s) or dog(s), means your house is always a mess. Unless you’re the type to clean up right after and have your own strict cleaning routine fixed.
For those who don’t, they know that their house is piling up with stray hair, dander, litter box smells, and other unwanted odors. Luckily, there are a few ways to tackle this problem.
a. Sweep, Mop and Vacuum!
Start off with sweeping your floors, collect all the dirt and dust onto a dustpan. Next, get a mop and mop the floors as well. These work great on hardwood or linoleum floors.
After that, you can do a final vacuum cleaning to give your floors a deep clean finish. Of course, they can be used on carpets as well and they are the toughest things to clean.
They are the reigning champions for being the sole attracter of dust bunnies. They will collect in hair, dirt, dander and that’s why you should make sure to vacuum every nook and cranny that your machine can reach in to.
Since there are so many models out these days, it can become hard to find out which one is the right fit for you. For example, the Dyson V8 vs V10 comparison seems to be going on forever between many pet owners.
b. Keeping Fabrics Clean, Safe and Fresh
You can use your vacuum cleaner on your furniture, drapes, and curtains as well. When you finish cleaning up the grimes, you’ll notice the odor is starting to fade away as well.
Vacuuming helps to get rid of most of the pet odors. So does cleaning your pet’s belongings. From their pillows, toys, bed covers to their towels, everything needs to be washed regularly.
The more pets you have, the more chance there is of your house producing more bad odor. Switching your sofa for a leather one would also be useful. Then all you’d need to do is wipe them down using pet collecting gloves or lint rollers.
Making a few changes and creating a regular cleaning routine goes a long way, it will help keep all sorts of bad odor away from your house.
2. Removing the Toughest of Stains
Despite hours of training, pet accidents are going to happen. Recently, the folks at Turtle Wax sent me the Turtle Wax Power! Out Pet Mess Kit to try. It’s advertised as an all-in-one solution to effortlessly clean all pet messes in the home and car.
After a particularly, shall we say, colorful dog accident on our brand-new mattress, I decided to give it a try.
In minutes, the mess was not only cleaned up, but there was no evidence left that any bodily fluids had been there—no spot, no odor, no nothing. What a great tool to have for those eventual accidents.
If you’d rather take the DIY approach, you can clean urine stains by mixing in a spray bottle two cups vinegar and two cups warm water with four tablespoons of baking soda. Spray the mixture on the soiled area of carpet, let dry for up to 10 minutes and blot with a soft cloth.
Nothing wakes you faster in the middle of the night than a dog or cat getting ready to throw up. It’s the most effective alarm clock out there.
Should you be dealing with vomit at any time of the day, the first step is getting the bulk picked up. Then, blot the area with a towel. Mix two cups of warm water, one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of liquid soap and one-half cup of vinegar into a container.
Put a soft cloth in the mixture and blot the stain lightly. You might need to do it several times before the stain disappears. Blot the cleaned area with a wet cloth before drying with a towel.
3. Prevent Muddy Paws
Pets, especially dogs, love to play outside. When they come back, they track in all sorts of mud and dirt with them as well. Some will be completely muddy from head to toe and look at you like they had the best time of their lives.
But then, it falls on your to clean them up and then clean your floors. To minimize this gruesome task, you can set a cleaning station right on your doorway. Place some towels, a container full of water and put some heavy duty placemats both inside and outside the house.
Train your dog to wait for them to be cleaned. This is an exceptionally useful tip because you wipe their paws without having your face licked every two seconds.
Just don’t forget to reward them with some yummy treats after you’re done!
4. The Nose Smudges
Pets love looking outside the window and observe the beautiful nature outside. They also love to bark your ears off when the mailman or delivery guy arrives with your things.
It’s fine because they think they are protecting their domain and it’s natural for them to do that. However, their nose smudges must also be natural to you by now.
Grab a glass cleaner and clean up those smudges with a microfiber cloth. It’s not a good idea to use paper towels as they tend to leave behind some kind of residue on the windows.
You can also clean up their paw prints the same way as well. Doing these little cleaning routines daily help you avoid cleaning up bigger messes in the future.
Wanting to keep your house clean and have pets in them is not an impossible thing to accomplish these days. With advanced technologies and some brilliant homemade cleaning hacks, you can clean up almost any kind of problems your pet throws at you.
It’s important to remember that to reduce the build-up of hair and dander, you need to groom your pets on a regular basis. A brushing session goes a long way and it helps to make your cleaning routine a lot easier.
So, try to incorporate a few of these tips and you’ll notice a significant amount of changes almost immediately. Don’t forget to share them with your other pet-owning family and friends!
This article is contributed by Sandy from Vacuumcleanersdvisor.com. When she is not cooking or taking care of her kids, she binge-watches TV or cracks open a good book.