It’s a common assumption that indoor pets and a clean house or simply can’t go together. If you’re a pet owner, you know the struggle of trying to keep your home clean while also balancing life with your four-legged friends. But don’t stress – it really IS possible to keep your home looking and smelling fresh and clean, even with your furry residents in tow!
You don’t have to resign yourself to having shabby furniture if you want your pets to be able to snuggle with you on the couch or the bed. Consider designating a sheet or blanket that you can place over your furniture whenever you want your pets to come up. These top layers can easily be thrown in the wash once they start to get a bit too smelly or furry. This is a particularly advantageous strategy to utilize during your pet’s shedding season! If you’re in the market for a new couch, carefully consider your colors and materials. Colors that naturally blend with your pet’s fur are a better choice. Also, try to choose materials that won’t trap as much fur; distressed leather and microfiber are both great options.
Proper Cleaning Materials
The tools you use for cleaning are key in making routine upkeep with pets quicker and easier. Consider the type of flooring you have in any area in which your pet is allowed. If you have hardwood, tile, or other hard flooring, an electric sweeper is certainly a time saver. These handy tools are great for picking up those little fur tumbleweeds you see rolling around. For carpeted areas, a vacuum that specializes in picking up pet hair is an investment that will pay for itself in the amount of fur it extracts from your carpet fibers alone. Some vacuums also come equipped with hard flooring tools that are quite effective, too. It’s also a good idea to wet mop your hard floors at least once a week with a pet-safe cleaner. Drop & Mop Tablets are a fantastic all-purpose floor cleaner that use no harmful chemicals, and they’re perfectly safe to use around children and pets.
Owning pets also means you’ll probably encounter an occasional accident on your carpet or flooring, especially if your pets are very young or very old. It’s best to be prepared by keeping the right supplies on hand, and by responding to any messes you find as soon as possible. Start by blotting or vacuuming (if your vacuum is equipped for it) up any excess liquids first. For carpets, we recommend choosing either a CO2-based or enzyme-based cleaner, in order to help neutralize and reduce any residual stains or odors. We’ve found Whoops! Stain Remover to be particularly effective for all sorts of pet, food, and beverage stains, and we also like that it’s pet-safe, kid-safe, and leaves behind no film or residue. For hard surfaces, it’s always a good idea to follow behind any cleaner used with a wet cloth or paper towel as a finishing touch.
Keeping the Air Fresh
Of course, you can clean as much as you want, but if your home still doesn’t smell clean, then it won’t really feel clean. Whenever possible, try opening windows or doors to let in some fresh air, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time. That burst of fresh air can really do wonders in helping to remove stagnant odors. Also make sure to keep your air conditioning system in good working order, and be diligent about replacing those air filters. Adding air purifiers to key locations around the home can also help to keep the air in your home fresher, cleaner, AND smelling great.
Organize Your Furry Friends’ Area
Our fur babies need dishes and toys just like human babies do! But this doesn’t mean their gear necessarily needs to take over your home. Have a designated spot for pet bowls, preferably in a kitchen or mudroom. Keep a place mat underneath to contain dribbles and crumbs. For cats, try to keep litter boxes in an area that doesn’t get too much traffic and isn’t overly frequented by guests. Dog leashes and harnesses can be stored in drawers, bins, or on hooks by the exit door for easy access. You can also give your pets their own little toy box to store all those balls, bones, and chew toys. Following these simple guidelines will help keep more clutter off of your floors and out of your way.
Pets truly are part of your family. Organizing their things and cleaning up after pets doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. We hope that the tips and tricks will make your life a little bit easier, and give you some extra time for walks around the block with your pup or extra play time with your fluffy companions!