Everyone loves having a pet around the house to play with and look after. Having pets is a blessing and they truly become a part of the family. However, they can be messy at times and it can be difficult to keep a clean home with pets. If you have indoor pets and are finding it difficult to keep your home looking clean and fresh, try some of these tips to lighten your load.
Pets tend to make a mess when they eat. So, try to keep their food and water bowls in an area that you don’t mind getting a little messy. You can also place a plastic mat underneath the bowls for easy cleaning if they spill any food or water.
Dealing with Hair
Perhaps the most challenging factor of keeping a clean home with pets is dealing with the hair they leave behind. Many pets shed on furniture and floors, and it can seem difficult to manage and keep clean. The first step in tackling this problem is to brush your pets regularly with a pet brush to remove excess hair. You can also place an old blanket or protective cover on the spots where they frequently lay down.
As far as floors are concerned, there are different methods for cleaning pet hair depending on the type of floor you have. For carpets, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter for best results. If you have tile or hardwood floors, use a mop or Swiffer. To get the hair off of your furniture you can use the vacuum as well. And of course, you can’t forget about your clothes! Keep lint rollers handy to remove the hair from your clothes before you leave your home or get into your bed at night.
Bath time for pets is often difficult and messy. However, regular baths are an important step in keeping your pets clean, thus keeping a clean home with pets. Indoor pets that are not bathed regularly can begin to stink and anything they lay on can reflect that smell as well, including furniture.
Keeping Dirt Where it Belongs
Wiping your pet’s paws before they enter the house after being outside can remove most of the dirt and mud off of them. That way you can prevent them from tracking it through your house too.
Preventing and Dealing with Scratches
First off, be sure to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis to reduce the chances of them scratching your floors or furniture. Most scratches are accidental and shorter nails can help with that. However, some pets will try to scratch at the door or furniture to let you know that they want to play or go outside. If this is the case with your pet, choose a method for them to learn for when they want something from you. Then, you can train them to use that method rather than scratching.