The best thing about having a pet is that you have a furry friend who will always love you no matter what. The downside is that being a pet owner also involves a lot of cleaning. No matter whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit or any other domestic animal, you always need to spend a good amount of time cleaning after your pet. And if that was not enough, pet owners often need to sanitize their homes on more a more regular basis. Having a furry friend means that your home will be threatened by:
- Various smells
- Animal hair
- Stubborn stains
Solving the hair problem
Unless you own a Sphinx cat, you probably find hair everywhere you turn. To take control over the situation, invest in a powerful vacuum cleaner that has a beater bar fix or a beater brush attachment. That will allow you to easily clean hair off your furniture and carpets. You should also consider getting a hand vacuum cleaner. It will help you to quickly tidy up your house whenever you have unexpected guests. To clean hard floors, use an electrostatic mop. Also, keep tape rollers in every room of your home so that you can quickly get the hair off your clothes.
Fighting off stains and smells
Rule number one when it comes to pet stains is to clean them as soon as you can. If you fail to do that, you risk damaging your upholstery and carpets and turning your house into a stinky mess. In most of the cases, stains can be removed with a solution of warm water and a regular dishwashing product. When things get smelly, do not rely on your perfume or deodorant to handle the situation. Instead, use an enzyme product. It is usually available at vet clinics or in pet stores but you can also make one yourself. It will effectively eliminate the smell in a very natural, non-aggressive and health-friendly way. If neither of these tricks work, you may want to call a professional team of cleaners.
Change a few things around the house
To reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning after your beloved pet or the damages it causes to the furniture, you should consider making some changes. For instance, buy only pet-proof furniture pieces. Go for upholstery that is made from synthetic materials and has a colour similar to that of your pet’s fur. Do not invest in leather furniture pieces. While they may be easy to clean from hair, your cat would be tempted to scratch the living light out of it.
Adopting new habits is also a good idea. For example, before you take your dog for a walk, leave a small bucket with warm water and a clean towel next to the door. In that way, you will be able to clean your pet’s paws it makes a muddy mess in the hallway. Also, don’t forget to regularly groom your furry friend and to cut the nails of your dog or cat.
Last, but not least, make sure you sanitize your pet’s toys every now and then. Hard toys can be cleaned in the washing machine, while softer and more delicate toys must be cleaned by hand with a solution of warm water and vinegar.