Have Pets? Here Are A Few Housecleaning Tips

Posted on October 1, 2015. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning | Tags: , , |

Cat and cat hair

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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They have done a great job every time. We have had multiple different people clean our house and they all are so friendly to us and our cats! I would highly recommend them.

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Have Pets? Here are 3 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean

Posted on July 17, 2014. Filed under: Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Bedroom, Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: |

Simon, the official Sponge & Sparkle cat.

Sponge & Sparkle’s Simon

They’re adorable, they’re loving, and they help us live longer, happier lives. But boy, are they messy!! Their hair gets everywhere, they spread dander, and they track ticks and mites into our homes from the great outdoors. And let’s not mention the dreaded “accidents.”

I’m talking about our cats and dogs, of course.

It is possible to have the best of both worlds – the joy of  having pets and a clean, nice smelling home.

Here are some quick cleaning tips for you if Fido or Mr. Fluffy is “like one of the family.”

Keep your Pets Groomed

The best way to not have shed hair all over the place is to prevent it from happening. Regular baths and brushing will do the trick.

Prevent Repeat Pet “Accidents”

When your dog or cat has an “accident” they mark the spot as a safe place to “do their business.” What this means for you is that as long as their sensitive noses can pick up a whiff of a scent, 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

Do not let dirt and dander pile up. 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.

Hire the Experts

An investment in a professional cleaning service is worth it if you do not have the time to clean. As one of our clients says:

Client Feedback: Best Cleaning in 15 Years

I needed above and beyond the average type of cleaning. Sponge and Sparkle came through beautifully. They cleaned everything everywhere! I have 3 kids, 2 large dogs, and a long haired cat. It was not an easy job! For me it was the best cleaning job I have ever had and I have used housekeepers for 15 years! I am going to continue to use them as my house remains on the market. They’re an asset now I would never let them go! I would recommend them to anyone!…

Friendly to People and Cats

Wonderful Staff – They have done a great job every time. We have had multiple different people clean our house and they all are so friendly to us and our cats! I would highly recommend them.

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