Multiple studies over the years have shown that people who share their home with pets tend to be happier and healthier. But one obvious drawback to being a pet owner is the havoc animals wreak on the cleanliness of your house. Even well trained pets shed, spread dirt, and contribute to an overall unhealthy environment. So how can you enjoy the benefits of pet ownership while keeping your home fresh and clean? Here are some tips for homes with even the furriest of friends:
Tip #1: Brush your pets often
Shedding is a fact of life when you have pets, but weekly brushing routines—or daily for animals with long or thick coats—minimizes shedding. Brush your pets outside if possible, or on a hard flooring surface inside that’s easy to sweep up afterward.
Tip #2: Keep your pets clean
It might sound obvious, but all the dirt you remove through regular baths is dirt that won’t burrow into your carpets or build up on the upholstery. While you shouldn’t use pet shampoo more than once every few weeks (it can dry out your pet’s skin), you can still opt for a water-only wash down in between shampoos. And to avoid the dreaded “wet dog smell” after baths, it’s a good idea to use a hair dryer if your pooch will allow it.
Tip #3: Install a cleaning station at the front door
In addition to adding a heavy-duty doormat to your front entranceway, a great way to prevent outdoor dirt and muck from invading your home is to set up a dog cleaning station by the front door. Include dog towels and wipes, a water spray bottle to clean muddy paws, and maybe even a few treats to encourage your pup to comply instead of romping off through the house.
Tip #4: Regularly clean toys and bedding
No matter how clean you keep your pets, their toys and beds can develop a strong odor over time. Your nose might eventually get used to it, but guests will notice immediately. Machine-washable items can go right in the washer, but if you have to wash anything by hand, try air-drying items out in the sun to help remove odors. It’s also a good idea to buy an easy-to-clean pet bed made of water resistant materials that you can wipe down on a regular basis.
Tip #5: Clean accidents quickly
Even pets that are far beyond the training stage can have the occasional accident, especially if they’re sick or elderly. The best way to ensure an accident doesn’t become a permanent stain or lead to long-lasting odor is to act fast—whether the accident occurs in middle of the day or middle of the night—and use an enzyme-based cleaner to remove stains and minimize smells.
Tip #6: Invest in a pet-friendly couch or slipcovers
Many upholstery materials attract hair like magnets, stain easily, and absorb undesirable odors. So if you enjoy binge watching your favorite shows with your favorite animal companion at your side, consider investing in a couch made with tightly woven materials or leather. But if you don’t want to spring for a brand-new couch, slipcovers are an inexpensive alternative that you can strip off and toss in the washing machine as often as needed.
Tip #7: Use a pet-specific vacuum cleaner
Most vacuums on the market will do a decent job of picking up surface fur from carpet and upholstery, but vacuums that are intended to tackle pet hair have extra strong suction, above-average brush action, and a high-quality filter. It’s important to note that you’ll need to clean the filter regularly, otherwise the clogged filter will spread the smell of fur wherever you vacuum.
Tip #8: Air out your house
With or without pets, everyone should air out their house on a regular basis to keep it from becoming too stuffy. But if you have persistent pet smells, a blast of fresh air through the open windows can go a long way toward deodorizing your home. And you don’t have to limit airing-out to days with nice weather—even on cold winter days, a 10-minute blast will work wonders.
Tip #9: Hire some help
Even with all these hints taken into consideration, the best way to keep fur, dirt, dander, and other contaminants in check is to hire regular house cleaning services. Professional house cleaners like The Maids of San Diego have the expertise to scrub your home to a sparkling shine. We also have access to professional-grade cleaning materials and equipment, such as our patented Back Pack Vacs with HEPA filtration that suck up 99% of all dust, allergens, bacteria, pollen, and pet dander.
The Maids of San Diego loves pets!
The Maids of San Diego is proud to be a pet-friendly cleaning company, using non-toxic, environmentally friendly, pet-safe cleaning products to disinfect and freshen up your home. And unlike many other cleaning companies, we don’t require you to remove your pet before our cleaning teams arrive—we simply clean around them!
For more information about our pet-friendly cleaning services, including recurring and occasional cleaning services, give The Maids of San Diego a call today!