Having pets in the home can be fun and entertaining. Dogs and cats, after all, are capable of giving love, attention and loyalty throughout their lifetime to both adults and kids. But homeowners have added responsibility particularly when it comes to keeping the home clean and tidy while raising their beloved pets. The most common concerns faced by people who love to raise pets involve fur and stains.
How then can you ensure that your home remains spic and span while pets live with you? Here are some effective ways to solve your woes.
Removing Pet Hair
Pet hair can stick on clothing, furniture and carpets. It can be annoying sometimes to see them especially after arriving home from work and you’re just too tired to do some cleaning.
Proper grooming of your dog or cat is very helpful in reducing pet hair around the house. Make sure to regularly brush their fur at least twice a week including after giving them a bath.
Another step you can take is placing an old towel, sheet or unused fabric in areas and furniture where your pet likes to rest and sleep often. Before washing them, be sure to shake off the towel or sheet outside the house to remove the hair.
For cleaning wood and hard floors, using an electrostatic mop is better than using a vacuum. The mop reduces the likelihood of pet hair being blown around.
On upholstered furniture, you can use a damp washcloth or sponge to get rid of pet fur. Your other options are to use a hand vacuum with a motorized beater-bar attachment, lint brushes meant for clothing and dry sponges.
Pet stains are often more challenging to remove. But you can always try cleaners that don’t contain harsh chemicals to avoid damaging your rugs, carpets and upholstered furniture. If you lack time, you can opt to call an expert carpet pet stain cleaning company that can do the work for you.
With pet urine, you should be sure to remove or at least neutralize the odor because dogs and cats will always return to that place if you don’t. Find the soiled areas first even those that have dried up.
If the urine is still fresh on the carpet, use newspaper and paper towels to absorb it. Put a thick layer of paper towels first then cover with a thick layer of newspaper and stand on it for a minute. Repeat the process until the carpet becomes damp.
For washable items such as rugs and clothing, you can use the washing machine. Mix baking soda with your regular detergent and air dry them afterwards. Repeat the process if the odor remains but this time add an enzymatic cleaner.
It’s important that you avoid using cleaning chemicals or even steam cleaners in eliminating urine and odor as they can only damage the material or worse, set the stain permanently.