Pets fill our homes with love, but unfortunately also with odors. They provide companionship, but track muddy paw prints across the floors, invite unwanted parasites into the house, and cover the floors with fur. Experienced pet owners know that it’s possible for pets to overtake our hearts without overtaking our homes. They have found that owning a pet and a tidy house are not mutually exclusive.
So how can we enjoy our furry friends while still keeping a sparkling clean home?
Well, there are some basics that will always help. Your best chance at keeping your home clean and odor-free is regularly grooming and cleaning up after your pet.
It has been shown that pet homes have more types of bacteria than homes that don’t have pets. If you train your pet right, sharing your home is easy. You should give your pet plenty of space and exercise. As much as possible, try to spend time with your pet. Just like humans, animals crave company and want to be loved. Bored pets, especially cats and dogs, are more likely to scratch at or chew your furniture. Luckily, there are plenty of tips for keeping your home clean and tidy, even with pets.
Let’s take a look at 6 simple things you can do to ensure that your home remains a safe and clean environment for you and your pets. If you’re thinking about hiring a professional service then be sure to question all the maid services to make sure they will help you out with your beloved pet.
No one likes to use a dirty bathroom. Cats or any other pets who use a litter box won’t want to if it’s dirty. Therefore, it’s important to scoop the litter box every day. If that doesn’t eliminate the odor, you may need to change the litter. One way to hide odors is with a covered litter box. Unpleasant odors are eliminated when surface bacteria is removed. High quality and effective sanitizers will eliminate cold and flu viruses and make your home germ-free.
If your pet doesn’t use the litter box, you should clean the mess as soon as possible. To keep your house clean and odor-free, always look out for messy spots and clean them immediately using a paper towel or a cloth. For soiled fabrics, you should use a damp wash cloth to clean the mess. Once the spot dries, use an enzymatic cleaner. These cleaners mask the odor and eliminate the organic material that is the source of bacteria.
It is recommended that you bathe your pet every 1-2 weeks. Additionally, you should brush your pet in order to break up and brush away loose fur before it ends up all over your house: on the curtains, floor, or on your bed. In this way, cleaning your pet will help keep your home cleaner.
Part of keeping your pet clean means trimming his or her nails. Trimmed nails ensure that your pet won’t scratch your upholstery or cause damage to your furniture. Keeping your rugs and furniture clean is as easy as keeping your pets clean. Bathing your pet regularly will keep you from having to clean your rugs and furniture as often. Less cleaning will extend the lifespan of your furniture. It’s certainly more fun to clean your pet than your upholstery!
When you can’t give you pet a full bath, you can still take steps to clean them off when they come inside. First, rub off dirt and mud with a damp towel. Afterward, dry them with a separate towel. If it’s cold, it’s recommended that you use a warm towel that has been put on a heater or in the dryer. Don’t forget to dry your pet’s paws before they come it. This will keep dirt from embedding in carpets and rugs.
One trick you can use is to train your pets to wipe their feet when they come inside. Leave a towel just inside the door. When your pet wipes his paws, you can reward him with a treat. If you keep reinforcing this behavior, it will become a habit for your pet. Even better than a towel for this doormat is a microfiber mat. It will help remove mud, dirt, and also water better than a cotton towel.
You should properly groom your pet often, but do so outdoors if possible. Grooming can release airborne particles such as allergens, which you don’t want in your home. Rub your pet’s body to remove molting hair. Metal flea combs are recommended for brushing cats. They are easier to clean than soft-bristle brushes or traditional wood brushes. Pay attention to your pet’s fur shedding. While it typically gets heavier due to seasonal changes, more shedding can be a sign of wrong food, skin or health problems, or even stress.
The best way to get rid of pet fur is with a high quality vacuum cleaner. A vacuum cleaner with a high-grade filter is important, especially if anyone in the house has asthma. Make sure to not make the cleaning mistake of using the wrong tools. Because animal fur can act as an allergen, it can trigger severe asthma attacks. A good vacuum cleaner will help remove those microscopic allergens.
We suggest our decluttering process for a more thorough and effective clean. This method goes beyond cleaning and vacuuming to open up space for your pet to play and make the environment safer, more comfortable, and cleaner.
If you are going to allow your pets to be on your furniture, it’s important to consider what upholsteries will make for easy cleaning. For example, silk will stain easily and is difficult to clean. Leather is a better option because it is durable and easy to clean. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive to replace if damaged. Sharp nails are able to cause this damage on leather. Another easy-to-clean option is microfiber. Ultra-suede is an example of a machine washable microfiber. It has a very smooth, cozy, and seductive feel. Additionally, it remains cool and cozy for your pet no matter what the temperature is. Stain resistant fabrics, such as Crypton, are almost indestructible synthetic fabrics. Crypton is resistant to odors, bacteria, and muddy paws, too. A simple solution is just to match the color of your upholstery to your pet’s hair, which will make it less noticeable on the furniture. Materials like velvet can attract pet hair and should generally be avoided.
Fabric choice doesn’t just apply to human furniture. It is important to consider what fabrics are best for pet beds, too. Ideally, you should choose something that will be easy to clean and disinfect. Although quilted fabrics look luxurious, they are difficult to clean. Machine washable beds are best for preventing odor buildup, since they can easily be washed. Beds should be cleaned weekly, or monthly at the very least. When you don’t, pet beds can become home to fleas and mites that will bite your pet.
There are plenty of ways to prevent and eliminate pet odor in your home. One of the most common ways are odor-eliminating sprays, since they are easy to use and mask pet odors with delicious smells. Deodorizers can be made at home or bought at a store and are usually sprayed to deodorize your home. Air freshener plug ins are another alternative. These can be set in different ways to control how often they release a scent into the air. Scented oil or wax burners are another way to make your house smell great. Wax burners use a small light bulb to heat the wax. Since there is no flame, it is safe to leave wax burners on even when you’re not home. Scented candles, when used, should be kept in places where they cannot be reached or knocked over by children or pets.
Consider a designated spot, like a utility room, every time you feed your pet. Ideally, this area should have a sink for cleaning any utensils or bowls used for feeding and a storage space for all pet food.
Always clean food dishes and utensils with hot water and dish washing detergent, then dry thoroughly with a paper towel. It is more difficult to clean carpet, so avoid feeding your pet on carpet. Additionally, it is recommended to limit the number of feeding times, although this often dictated by your working schedule. If you train your pet well, you can have them eat in a timely manner that will allow you to clean their dishes before you leave for work
If you don’t want to do all this yourself then it would be a great idea to get pros to do it. Our home cleaning professionals are based in Calgary and certified to work with cats, dogs and all kinds of pets. Just book today and let us know that you have a little furry family member!