Nothing compares to the warm, unconditional love of our four-legged friends. They are always happy to see us, always ready to play, and always there for us. Yes, right there. In our home. On the armchair. And the sofa. And on our gorgeous rug. Having a pet is great, but there is a down side – cleaning after a playful act or dog can be really tough task. But there are a few tricks that can ease your chores around the house if you have a pet.
As usual prevention is the best way to keep your home cleaner when having a pet. So in order to minimise the risk of accidents, the first thing you should do is proper potty-training. The more efforts you invest in potty training the better – this means less stains to clean. If you have a cat you should figure out a system of treats every time when kitten does its job in his litter. With the dogs it’s up to you. Always take it out for a dog in exactly the hours, at least the first months.
Brush your pet’s fur regularly. But if you have the opportunity do this outside – in your garden or balcony. This is the only way to reduce the amount of hairs left on your carpets, upholstery and clothes. Always clean the brush after the procedure and before putting it back in the house. Wash the brush with soap water or pet shampoo every time you are done brushing your four-legged friend. This guarantees both less hair entering your home and the clean fur of your cat or dog.
All pets, especially the cats hate rules and like to sleep everywhere in your house. But when you adopt your pet try to resist its charm and don’t let it get on your bed, kitchen table or countertops. (At least not in your presence.) Make or buy a special bed for your cat or dog and try to make it use to it. This way you won’t have to struggle with hair-removal at least in your bedroom. Another good idea is to feed your pet in certain place of your home, preferably with hard floor, because some dogs and cats love to play with their food, especially when their babies and make a huge mess.
Cleaning Stains, Hair and Accidents
OK, we have to admit that there are occasions when accident occur and there is nothing you can do about it. Sometimes it is the food, sometimes it’s just you being home too late, and when you’re back, you have to deal with unpleasant urine or vomit stain on your carpet or upholstery. Don’t rush to punish your four-legged friend, but act quickly on the affected area. If you’re lucky the stain won’t be dried when you find it. In this case blot it carefully, apply appropriate cleaner, let is stay like this for a few minutes, the blot again and rinse it well. After that you have to dry it, especially if it is on your sofa or thick rug, otherwise the moist can cause mildew and deteriorate the fibres.
If you are dealing with dry stain you should damp the area well first and then initiate the same procedure. If you have to get rid of vomit stain, remove as much as you can with spatula or a spoon, then apply the same treatment. If the vomit has dried it won’t be bad idea to brush your carpets fibres first, to make sure, detergent will get deeper and clean the place in depth.
Regular vacuum cleaning is absolutely mandatory if you want to keep you home’s hygiene. No matter if your pet is short or long hair breed, there will be a lot of hair that you will have to clean. Hiring professional company to clean your carpets and upholstery every now and then is highly recommended if you want to preserve them in best shape. If you are having hard floors you are lucky, because all you’ll need to do is to wipe them off with wet mop and your job’s done.
With proper training, precaution and a little patience living with a pet is the best thing that can happen to you.
Check out our previous publication, you can find it helpful.