Last Updated Feb 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
Having pets can be both a joy and a challenge. Pets are a joy to live with, but keeping the home clean when you have pets can be a major challenge. How can you keep the home clean when you have pets? You have to take steps to keep the pets clean and keep the home clean. Here are some tips for keeping the home clean when you have pets.
We often overlook the importance of keeping our pets clean, but it will go a long way towards eliminating the work you have to do to keep the home clean. Both cats and dogs shed fur and it ends up on the furniture. You can minimise fur on the furniture by brushing off fur outdoors as often as it takes. With some dogs and cats, you may only need to do this once or twice a week. With others, you may have to do it every day.
Brushing a cat can help keep it healthy. Cats regularly lick their fur and they can get hairballs and constipation from this practice. If you brush your cat regularly, it won't get hairballs or constipation and will be healthier thanks to your regular brushing. Use a brush designed for removing fur from cats or dogs and don't forget to do it outdoors. You don't want loose fur to spread through the house.
Another thing you can do is bathe your pets regularly. Dogs are more amenable to this than cats, but at least you can use a wet towel to keep your cat cleaner. If you have a dog, it won't like a slippery bathtub, so buy a non-slip mat and place it in the tub. Why will bathing your pets keep the home cleaner? They will shed fur when you bathe them and they won't be rubbing the dirt they've collected outside onto your furniture. Don't bathe a dog too regularly because it needs the natural oils in its skin. Once a month should be enough.
Dogs can smell and their smell will rub off on furnishings and the carpet. Bathing will remove the smell and you won't have to deodorise the home or apartment every day. If this is a problem for you, try burning incense or placing essential oils around the house. The oils will overcome the smell of the dog, but this shouldn't be your only way to reduce pet smells. Bathe your pets and they won't smell..
Also try using baking powder. It does wonders for removing smells and can be rubbed into the fabric so you don't have a cloud of baking powder on your furniture.
We like to walk our dogs and it's healthy for them and for us. However, that means the dog will collect dirt on its paws and the dirt will come off on your carpets or upholstery. Keep an old towel handy outside the house and wipe the dog's paws after you go for a walk. If you walk them in the rain or after a rain, they will collect even more muddy dirt, so make sure to clean their paws thoroughly if you walk them during or after rainfall.
Keeping your pets clean and brushing them outside will reduce the number of times you have to clean your upholstery and carpets, but that's not all you need to think about. If you're like most pet owners, you have probably bought toys for your dog. A dog doesn't know how to put a toy back in its box or basket, so you will have to clean up after it.
If you have a cat, you know cats like to use their claws for scratching. They can do this in two ways. They can scratch your upholstery or you can give your cat a scratching post. You may have to discipline the cat to use the scratching post, but it's better than having your upholstery torn to shreds. When the cat knows it is allowed to use the scratching post but not the upholstery, it will use the scratching post and your upholstery will be safe.
Sometimes the unexpected can happen. Your dog may not be able to go outside to do its duty and may do it inside the house. You need to be prepared for these eventualities and will have to clean up after them. It won't happen often, but it may happen and you don't want to be without the cleaning supplies you need to clean up a dog's waste.
Your dog may also decide to "attack" a stuffed toy and the fluff will get all over the floor. All you can do is clean up after it and hope it doesn't decide to attack another stuffed toy. It might accidentally knock over a pot plant and you will have to clean that up, too. Almost anything can happen and you need to be prepared for anything.
Cats have litter boxes and in spite of the fact the litter box may have an odour eating filler, odours will still be present. You may not notice the odour because you're used to it, but when you have guests over, they will notice the odour. The only way to avoid litter box odours is to change the filler regularly and consider putting the litter box in the laundry room. Leave the door open so the cat can use it, but close the door when you have guests over.
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In spite of everything you do to minimise the mess dogs and cats can create, you will still have to clean the house regularly. Vacuuming is the best way to remove fur from upholstery and carpeting. Consider buying a good quality vacuum that removes all the fur. It may cost more, but it will be worth the extra cost when the house and furniture doesn't have a layer of fur on it.
Pet food can smell, so you can do one of two things to eliminate the smell. Put their food outdoors or in the laundry room if it has a door and the food smells won't travel through the home. If you can't do that, clean their bowl after every use to eliminate odours.
There is no way to get around the fact that pets make a home messier and allergy sufferers will suffer more when pets are in the house. You may need to hire cleaners to make the house spotlessly clean. How often you do this is up to you and the amount of mess your pet makes. It might be once a month or, if you take all the precautions listed above, it might be once every three months. Why would you want to hire cleaners? They will do a thorough job and do things you might overlook. Not only will they vacuum the house, they will:
Keep your pets clean and the house clean and you can stay on top of cleaning problems when you have pets. It may be more work, but that's the price you pay for having pets. Is it worth it to you to do more cleaning and perhaps have cleaners come in occasionally to make the house sparkle again? If so, you deserve your pets and all they can give you in return.