We love our pets—they’re family. They’re adorable and give us unconditional love, but they can be messy, too. Pets can shed on everything, track in mud, spread dander, and even bring home ticks and fleas. And sometimes, we even have to deal with their “accidents.”
For the many of us who can’t imagine living without a dog or a cat, here are some tips to address pet-specific cleaning issues:
Grooming is Key
Capture shedding fur before it hits your couch. Dogs and cats absolutely love being brushed, so do it often and you’ll eliminate excess fur all over the house. Cats will also suffer fewer hair balls with regular brushing.
Prevent Repeat Pet “Accidents”
When your dog or cat has an “accident” they mark the spot as a safe place to “do their business” and they will return to the area again and again. To prevent repeat accidents, have the area deeply cleaned as soon as possible.
Don’t Let It Accumulate
If you have cats, clean the litter box frequently. You can go low tech (and low cost) by using a bag as a liner so that the “mess” does not leave a lingering smell, or purchase one of the higher end litter box systems. Buy odor-absorbing litter and odor-absorbing powder to keep the litter box area smelling clean and fresh.
Wipe Them Down
Keep a rag handy to wipe dirty paws after coming in from a walk. If kitty likes to roam in the woods, wipe him down with a damp cloth to ensure he doesn’t bring home poison ivy. And always do a tick and flea check, even when using flea medication.
Check Air Filters More Often
Even with frequent brushings, hair and dander still circulate so be sure to clean or change your heating and cooling system air filters frequently, especially in the spring, which is prime shedding season.
Taking a few extra steps to deal with our pets can ensure a clean, sparking, fresh-smelling home for everyone.
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