Keeping your house cleaned is sometimes challenging especially if you’re a pet owner.
With all the furs, smells, dirty floors, and countless of chaos that your fluffy loved ones have created can definitely cause you a headache.
Moreover, if you’re a mother taking care of your children, husband, and making sure that everything in the house runs smoothly, then you definitely don’t want to miss our top house cleaning tips that every pet owner should know.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into the meat and potatoes.
1. Remove Fur Using Lint Roller & Vacuum Cleaner
The first step toward getting your house cleaned is to remove all the furs that are scattered all over the place. This is the easiest thing you can do before you move on to the more complex stuff.
Lint roller and vacuum cleaner are the perfect cleaning tools for this work. At a larger scale, you would want to use the vacuum cleaner to remove the furs from the larger surface like floors, under the bed & upholstery, in the kitchen, etc.
Lint roller comes into handy when you need to remove the fur in the emergency moment, such as when you have unexpected guests dropping by. This is because the tool can pick up hair from almost any surface, which can add that finishing touch to your pet hair cleaning process.
2. Eliminate Pet Smells & Odors
Next up is to eliminate all the smells and odors that your pet left behind. Nothing can be more frustrating than having those “funky pet smell” lurking in your couch or the “wet dog” smell in the house.
The smells and odors can be at 2 places, i.e. the surface of household items such as carpets, sofas, etc. and the air. The easiest way to remove bad odors from these places is to use white vinegar.
The reason why vinegar is so effective is due to its oxidizing agent property, which binds with molecules in the air and neutralizes it, thus removing the bad smells.
For the household items, you can mix it with dilute water, fill a spray bottle with the solution, and spray it on the stains evenly. After that, all you need is to wait till it dry and you’ll be amazed how well vinegar soaks in the smells.
For the air in your house, just simply fill the white vinegar solution in a bowl and leave it open in the rooms where you want the smells to be removed.
That’s it! Easy right? 🙂
3. Deep Clean All Pet Collars & Toys
Ok, so now you’ve handled the basics. Let’s dive into some advanced cleaning tips for pet owners here.
Most people tend to forget this point but this is a vital step. Collars and toys are something that your pets spend most of their time with and they can easily get dirty. When talking about cleaning them, simply putting the collars and toys in the dishwater may not be enough.
Here, we want to clean them effectively and to do that, you need to dip in these accessories in the hot water and use some sort of shampoos to help remove all the stains, dust, and smells. The best option would be your pet’s shampoos as they are the most suitable ones for them.
Leave the accessories soaked in the water for at least 30 minutes. Once you’re done, rinse everything with cold water and let the items dry.
4. Use Baking Soda To Clean Your Pet Beds
Just like vinegar, baking soda is also another great natural cleaning product that can use to help to remove bad odors and smells.
Sure, you can clean your pet beds using any regular shampoos and detergents, adding a cup of baking soda to it can definitely help improve the cleaning.
Not only does baking soda helps to remove smells, but also due to its anti-bacterial property, it can help kills germs and any potentially harmful substances that could lurk in your pet beds.
Besides, a combination of baking soda and vinegar forms an effective house cleaning product combination and is so powerful that it can even be used to clean tile floors.
5. Tidy Up The Eating Place
Another situation where every pet owner often frustrated is having to clean their floor every single time their cats or dogs eat their food.
But hey, you don’t have to worry about this because what I’m going to advise you now is something that can help you solve this issue and better than that? you can use it right away 😉
Think about, if nothing can stop your pet from littering the floor with food, then what should you do? The simple answer is to leave it and all you need to do is place a wipe-clean mat under the food bowl.
Let the food spilled and wait for your lovely dogs or cats to finish eating. Then all you have to do after that is remove all the food particles off the mat. Simple isn’t it? No need to spend time scrubbing the floor all the time. This helps keep it clean and tidy.
6. Clean The Litter Box Often
This is especially for you, cat owners! If you have cats, you know how smelly the litter box can be. But what you probably don’t know is how often should you really clean it.
Well, if you notice that the litter box gets smelly very often, then you probably haven’t cleaned it enough. The truth here is, many people think that they should empty their litter boxes once every couple of days. But the matter of fact is, they should do it at least once a day.
Moreover, at least once in a week, you should take an effort to dump the litter, replace it with the new sand, and clean the litter box with bleach solutions. This will help remove all the left-over smells.
It’s also recommended that you invest in a new litter box at least once per year. Doing so will keep your home smelling fresh and clean.
7. Brush Your Pet Regularly
Last but not least, is to brush and groom your pet regularly. This may sound counter-intuitive at first glance as to more grooming means more cleaning as the hair falls. But this is completely the opposite.
Most cats and dogs shed their fur more often. And if they do, this can definitely cause you a headache as you have to clean it more. But by grooming your pet regularly, this can help to reduce the amount of hair shed naturally, as compared to not doing it at all.
All you have to do is to make sure you have a strict cleaning schedule set up. It is advised that you should groom your pet a few times per week. This can drastically make a difference.
Besides, the study has found that brushing your cats regularly helps to remove skin flakes and stimulates blood circulation, improving the overall condition of their skin.
And that’s all for the top cleaning tips for pet owners that you can easily follow and implement. It’s all boils down to how much time and effort you’re willing to sacrifice and take to carry out these suggestions.
At the end of the day, it’s your responsibility to take care of your house and you shouldn’t blame your pets for all the chaos they have created.
About The Author:
Sandeep Singh is the owner of BnCleaning, a professional cleaning company in Australia, offering various cleaning services such as canopy cleaning, end of lease cleaning, office cleaning, etc. for both residential and commercial places.