Raise your hand if you love your pet more than anything else. It’s okay, this is a safe space, and we won’t tell your husband or kids that you love little Fluffy just slightly more than them sometimes. What you may not love so much is the mess that comes along with having a pet, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With love in the air this Valentine’s Day, let’s discuss how to keep your home fresh and clean while also enjoying your Fluffy cuddles!
Fondness for Floors
One of the most annoying parts of owning an animal is the mess they make on the floor. Whether it’s food from a messy eater, a dog that enjoys the mud a bit too much, or a cat that enjoys flinging its litter everywhere, pets make more messes on the floor than a bored toddler left to their own devices. Luckily, there are some easy ways to alleviate this! You can begin by keeping a towel near your door to wipe paws immediately following a trip outdoors. This keeps loose dirt, mud and water off the floor from the get-go, making things much easier for you. For food and water dishes, keep them on a silicone mat with edges to maintain the mess and clean with ease. If it’s litter you’re having trouble with, invest in a new litter box with higher edges and place it on a larger mat that you can easily clean!
Brush Your Beloved
It’s easy to forget to brush our pets between trips to the groomer, but it’s actually quite helpful to alleviate shedding. Spending a bit of time every couple of days brushing your critter can have a tremendous impact on the amount of fur floating around your house, so take some Fluffy cuddle time and give their coat some love. If you have a fur-baby that sheds a great deal, invest in a lint roller for your furniture and a pet-friendly vacuum to get up as much hair as possible! Roombas are great for this, but regular house cleaning is the best way to stay on top of it; whether you hire professionals like us or do it yourself!
Let’s be honest, pets can smell terrible at times. It’s nothing you’re doing wrong, it’s just a fact of life. Unfortunately, these smells travel and waft and live on your couch for days, but there are some ways to confront that issue! Think of the things your pet comes into contact with most; their bed, their toys and the floor, most likely.
First things first, purchase things that are odor-resistant and wash anything that can be washed regularly. Additionally, the tried and true trick of using vinegar to clean surfaces will remove almost any foul odor, and placing open containers of baking soda around the home can help absorb any air-borne smells. If a scent such as urine has settled into an area, enzymatic cleaners are the single best thing you can use on them. They neutralize and remove odors quickly and efficiently.
Crazy for Cleaning
While your love for Fluffy may far exceed your love of a clean home, there’s no reason you can’t have both. Following the tips above or hiring a trustworthy company such as Housekeeping Associates, it’s not only attainable but manageable over time! Call us today to find out what we can do for you!