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How to keep your home clean when you have a pet

July 17 2018 by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques
What you'll learn
  • How to prepare your home to minimize the mess

  • How to properly clean stains and accidents

  • How to develop a simple routine for a clean environment

Sharing your life with a pet can be an absolute joy. The unconditional love you get from a furry friend is a fantastic reward, but it must be said that rooming with kitty and doggo can sometimes get complicated.

Just because you own pets doesn’t mean your home can’t be clean and tidy! Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your home orderly without spending hours cleaning.

Preparing the home

First, make sure your property accepts animals. To find out more about the rules regarding pets and condos, read this article.

adorable dog

Choosing your furniture wisely

Prevent your sofas from being destroyed by your cat’s claws! Invest in tear-resistant furniture that is easy to clean. Microfibre, micro-suede or semi-aniline leather, for example, are all excellent choices.

Investing in throws

Purchase some pretty throws that you can leave on your bed, your couch and any other area that seems appropriate. These blankets will stretch the life expectancy of your curtains and furniture, while also guarding against pet hair.

Protecting the floor

Like children, cats and dogs sometimes make small messes when eating. Put a placemat under your furry friend’s feeding station; you can change it a few times a week and protect your floor from water and other spills.

You should also place small carpets in your entrance. They’ll capture the dust, snow and dirt trapped under your puppy’s paws.

Buying the right bed for your buddy

A waterproof bed or one made out of rigid material will be easier to clean. Don’t like the texture of the one you chose? Put a soft blanket over the structure.

kitten sleeping

Cleaning stains and accidents properly

Cleaning up pet hair

Slip on a latex glove and run it over every surface. Hair sticks to it like magic! For clothing, stick to the classic clothes brush.

Next, vacuum the entire house. You can also use the small vacuum nozzle to clean your furniture. And don’t forget the carpets! 

Dealing with little accidents

Your dog still isn’t housebroken? Get ready for accidents to become a regular part of your life for the next few months. Always keep spray cleaning products within arm’s reach. The quicker you deal with a mess, the better it is.

Once the stain has been soaked up with a cloth, use a solution of soft soap and lukewarm water to scrub the damage. Rinse and repeat as needed.

Finally, don’t forget to wash your furry friend’s towels and throws regularly. Once spring comes around, clean and air out your pet’s carpets, toys and bed once or twice a month. 

Looking for a more eco-friendly way to clean? Look no further than this article!

Develop a simple routine for a clean environment

Always keep a towel near the entrance. As soon as your dog enters the house, clean its paws with a little warm water and pet shampoo. You can prepare this mix in a spray bottle. It’s a must!

Bring your pets to see a groomer regularly. Have their excess hair shaved and their nails clipped.

Finally, don’t forget that a stimulated, healthy dog that gets enough exercise is often a calmer dog. After walking for an hour or visiting the dog park, your best friend will be tired out, and is much less likely to make a mess at home.

Key takeaways
  • Invest in furniture that will last and accessories that protect your home from your pet’s hair and dirt.  
  • To avoid build-up and stains, clean every room regularly and take care of little accidents as they occur.
  • Set up a simple routine that will save you a lot of grief.