Keeping A Clean House: Tips For Pet Owners
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Written By: Paul Denikin
Cleaning house when you own pets is not always an easy task; keeping it clean can be even harder. When your home is carpeted, stains and odors are always an issue, even if your pets are house-trained, and many people are just too pressed for the time, money, or energy to keep up with maintaining it all. When your home isn’t clean, it can lead to all sorts of problems, from physical health issues to mental health disorders like anxiety, or even depression, so it’s important to get a handle on things to prevent the job from becoming overwhelming, especially if there’s more than one pet in the home.
The good news is there are several ways you can keep your house looking and smelling lovely without spending too much time or cash. Preventative care--both for your furnishings and your pet--is a huge benefit, as it can help you keep things under control a bit more easily. For instance, grooming your pet regularly will help with shedding and can prevent damage caused by long toenails. At the same time, keeping your carpets and furniture treated or covered can keep stains from setting in and hair from sticking around.
Here are a few budget-friendly things to consider when you want to keep a clean home with a pet.
Get rid of odors
Most pet owners deal with some kind of odor at least once in their homes; it’s just something that comes with having a sweet pup. We don’t always truly smell our houses, however, because we’re so used to the scents around us, and even carpets that get vacuumed often can hold scent. Try closing up a room that your dog spends time in--shut the doors and windows tightly, with no ventilation--and then walk in after a while. This will help you detect odors right away, even if you normally use that room often. When it comes to getting rid of them, an enzymatic solution is the best choice, because it will destroy the smell without damaging fibers.
Groom him well
Grooming your pet can go a long way toward helping to prevent excess shedding and damage to your furniture brought on by long nails. Even the most well-behaved pet can leave scratch marks on hardwood floors or rips on fabric if his nails aren’t tended to, and it can also be a safety hazard for him, especially if he’s older and more prone to falls. You don’t have to spend a ton of money at a pet salon; invest in a good set of clippers, bathe him regularly, and look for a set of safety toenail clippers that will allow you to keep them short at home.
Protect the couch
Your furniture can take a hit every day if your pet likes to lounge on it. You can protect it by laying down an old sheet or towel for him to nap on while you’re not home, and look for a comfy bed he can sleep in at night. Older dogs can sometimes have trouble with incontinence, so the more you can protect your furniture and floors, the better. “Puppy pads” can be useful on floors if your dog can’t make it outside in time, or you can use plain old newspaper.
Have the right tools on hand
Keeping your floors clean is a huge part of making sure your home is in good shape. Dirt, dust, fur, saliva, and allergens can be left behind by your pup, so it’s important to invest in a good vacuum that will help you stay on top of your chores without throwing those things back into the air. Keep the filter and hose clean to prevent clogs, and make sure your HVAC filter is changed often so your air stays clean and fresh.
Keeping a clean house can be a major task for pet owners, but with a little creative planning and the right tools, you can stay on top of those chores without spending a ton of money or energy. Make sure your dog stays clean and brushed in order to protect your furniture, and clean off his paws when the weather isn’t nice to keep your floors looking great.
* Check out The Ultimate Guide To Getting Rid Of Pet Odor In Your Home as another great resource for getting rid of pet odors.