You love your pets. You probably love them so much that you have accepted the shed hair, the dirt, and the odour that feels as much a part of your home as the paint on the walls. But you can love your pet without compromising on the cleanliness of your home. Even better, it is easier than you think to keep your home smelling fresh with pets around. For a clean, pet friendly home, we recommend making these small adjustments to your cleaning routine.
Keep a Towel by the Door
Sadly, most pets do not wipe their feet! With a towel handy you can keep your floors and furniture free of muddy pawprints.
Proper Carpet Care
Still, some dirt will find its way inside. Not to mention the hair. Left unchecked dirt and hair will become ingrained in carpet, leading to an off-putting odour. Keep this in check by regularly vacuuming with a vacuum that has a good HEPA filter.
For a truly fresh home we recommend a professional carpet cleaning once or twice a year.
Brush and Bathe Your Pet Regularly
A little pet hygiene does wonders for keeping your home smelling fresh. As a bonus, setting aside time to brush your pet strengthens your bond. Some dogs and, yes, even cats enjoy baths!
But if you are not so lucky to have a bath loving pet, there are ways to encourage your dog or your cat to cooperate.
Choose Machine Washable Toys
If your furry friend has a favourite toy, then it probably makes you smile to see them carrying it around your house. The only issue is that well-loved and far travelled toys can carry odours to all corners of your home.
Add your furry friend’s soft toys to your next load of laundry. It is a simple and effective way to improve your home’s atmosphere while keeping your pet happy.
Dedicate Space for Your Pet
Encourage pets to stay off furniture by getting them a nice comfy bed. Or you can train them to use one end of the couch by putting a special blanket there. The key, though, is to make sure that these are easy to clean. Beds should have a removable cover and blankets should be machine washable. That way you can prevent the build-up of odours.
Keep Lint Rollers Around the House
Many pets will break the ‘no animals on the furniture’ rule when they think they can get away with it. Others simply shed a lot. So, errant pet hair is inevitable. Handy lint rollers will make it easy to give the couch a quick clean when hair starts to accumulate.
Be Ready for Accidents
Sometimes even well-trained animals make mistakes. But preventing lingering smells is easy with the right tools. Enzyme based cleaners break down dog or cat urine on a chemical level. This type of cleaner is much more effective than chemicals that simply mask the odour.
Partner with a Professional Cleaning Service
Pets add to the challenge of keeping your home clean and fresh. Regular house cleaning services can offset this added challenge and help you reclaim your free time. Plus, specialized tools and experience enable professional house cleaners to remove hair, dirt and odour that gathers in hard-to-reach areas.
At Vidiris, we pride ourselves on customizing our cleaning services to meet the unique needs of our clients. So, if you would like a cleaner home, we encourage you to give us a call. We would love to discuss how you can make your home fresh, clean, and pet