One of the things most people would consider before owning a pet is how to maintain and upkeep house cleanliness. The moment you decide to get a pet, your home becomes theirs too. Except, they have the privilege of living there – rent-free! Though they are terrific companions, your adorable little babies can sometimes be dirty and smelly – not exactly the state you would want your house to be in or smell like. With that said, they also will not be able to clean up after themselves. Knowing this, some people would be discouraged from keeping pets in their homes. However, if one is well acquainted with having pets in the house, cleaning and maintenance will be a breeze. Not to worry, your home and your pet will be fresh and clean in no time with these tips below.
Get Rid of Stubborn Stains and Bad Odor
Ultimately, stubborn stains and pesky pet smells (from pet vomit and excretion) are the main hassles of keeping a pet. And let’s face it, you can love them all you want but pet urine and defecation stinks – a lot! By all means, one can potty train their pet like how one would with babies or toddlers. However, an individual can only expect so much from a puppy or a kitten. As much as you want them to do their business in their litter boxes (or at least outside of the house), you should be prepared for them peeing anywhere as they please. This can be a total nightmare to clean up – primarily if they excrete on carpets and other fabric surfaces, that is when all hell breaks loose.
If the mess is not swiftly tended to, the room will soon end up having a foul stench. A quick fix you can do to remove the stain is by mixing baking soda, white vinegar and water – then, apply it onto the following contaminated surface. Even so, you might think you have gotten rid of all traces completely but the pungent scent lingers. In view of this, you may be in need of an even more effective pet stain remover. A pet stain remover entirely eliminates bad odor and thoroughly gets rid of the stubborn stains, overall leaving your home smelling aromatic and sublime.
A Designated Place for your Pet
First, you should allot a specific place (or room) for your precious pet in the house. I suggest buying them a comfortable bed as opposed to letting them occupy your couch or the floor. On top of that, you can also decorate and equip the space with pet necessities and their favorite toys. By doing so, you are training them that this is their allocated spot. In time, they will eventually think that this is their ‘territory’ so they would spend most of their time there, decreasing your cleaning range in the house. Even so, you are expected to clean the bedding at least once a week so as to prevent the spread of germs.
Dealing with Pet Hair
Shedding of pets is one of the day-to-day problems you may face as a pet owner as it can be relatively troublesome having to sweep the floor all the time. If you have a furry animal residing at your place, you would not be unfamiliar with the amount of hair they shed everyday. Pets like dogs and cats shed a fair amount daily so it is crucial for you to invest in a good vacuum cleaner, if you do not have one yet. The suction should be strong enough to effectively pick up dirt and pet hair. Make sure it also cleans up hard to reach areas such as under the couch and the little gaps in between furniture so as to avoid piling of dust and hair.
Another cleaning tool you need to get a hold of is a lint roller. Having a collection of lint rollers in the house is essential not only in pet-keeping but also for cleaning in general. It can be particularly useful in picking up hair from the carpets, upholstery, and of course, the fur that clings onto your clothes.
Although you will not be able to stop them from shedding, proper grooming helps in minimizing shedding. Moreover, It is your responsibility as a pet owner to send your canines and/or felines for regular pet grooming sessions. You are also highly encouraged to put an effort in brushing their coats daily to reduce the chance of matting and other skin problems.
Give them a Bath
To further reduce your pets and your home from having an unpleasant smell, one should give their pets weekly baths. Usually, you would know when it is time to wash them (give them a quick whiff). The most direct way in maintaining excellent pet hygiene is through bathing them. A dog’s fur can get dirty easily especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. Dirt, bacteria and allergens can build up quickly on its fur which could be detrimental not only to their health but yours too. Hence, highlighting the importance of your furry friends having frequent baths. To add on, this positive interaction also strengthens the bond between you and your pet (which is always a good thing).
Owning pets comes with its own set of responsibilities so one should keep that in mind before fully committing to getting them, but with the above tips, maintaining cleanliness is a breeze.