House Cleaning Tips For Busy Pet Owners
You want your home to stay clean but you don’t have the time to do the actual cleaning. As an adult, that is quite easy to relate to. If you throw pet(s) into this mix (which a lot of us have), the mess quickly piles up.
Of course, we all love our pets and getting rid of them is not even an option. So, we are left to finding a balance between our busy schedule and keeping the home clean.
Below are a few tips to help you maintain a clean home if you have pets. These cleaning hacks will help you get chores done faster or reduce how much time you will spend doing it.
Use floor mats
If your dog often goes out to play, it will get a lot of grime, mud, and all sorts of dirt on its paws and body. Guess where all that will end up, yes, in your home.
To prevent your floors from becoming a depository for dirt from outside, it is best to keep a floor mat or dog towel by the door. That way, when your dog eventually gets back home from its outdoor voyage, the mat will wipe some of the yuck before it spreads all over the house.
Train your pet
Training your pet how to behave around the house can go a long way saving you cleaning time. Accidents become less frequent and you will not need to clean up after them as much.
For instance, if you allow your dog to sit on the couch, you can train it to sit only on a particular part of it.
To avoid the risk of getting paw stains on your sofa, you can put a throw towel for the dog to sit on. You will agree that it is way easier to clean up a towel than a sofa.
Another reason to train your pet is to get it accustomed to a particular area of the home where it does its thing. If it is not convenient for your dog to go outside the house to ease itself, there are potty pads you can train it to use.
With this, you only have to clean the potty pad instead of the floor. Let’s not even consider the accompanying smell.
If you’re like me, your pet has a part of the home dedicated to it; its sleeping area, feeding area, where it plays with its toys, etc.
If that is the case, you can as well keep the things that concern your pet(s) in that same area. That way, you won’t have to move around the house when it is time to feed your pet. Cleaning any food spills too will be quite easy.
You could keep the toys and chewable in the same container and place it close to its indoor cage if it has one.
Since you are busy, you won’t have a lot of time to hang out with your pet so, it will need its toys.
Keeping your pet paraphernalia in the same area of the house will also familiarize the pet to that region and confine any cleaning you might need to do.
Use a vacuum cleaner
General cleaning is inevitable and you will have to do it once in a while. You can save a lot of time doing that with a vacuum cleaner.
A lot of pet owners have hailed the Eureka Floor Rover as a great option. They say it cleans pet hairs really well on both hard floors and carpets.
With this vacuum cleaner, you can clean stairs (if you have them), upholstery, and even your pet’s bed!
Now you can spend more quality time playing with your pet than cleaning up after them.
Groom your pet often
That you have a quick way of getting pet hairs off your floors does not mean you should let it litter the place.
It is a good idea to brush your pet often. This will help remove loose hairs. If you leave its fur and let it grow out of hand, you will have a lot of hair tumbleweed all over your floor. Keeping your pet fur in check helps you prevent dirt rather than having to clean it.
Another good reason to groom your pet is to keep them nice and tidy. The bonding regular grooming creates between you and your pet cannot be underestimated.
Deal with odors
As a pet owner, you cannot escape the smell your pet will create. It is easy for the owners to get used to it but it can be awkward if you have guests around.
It is important to control the smell produced by pets. The last thing you want is your home smelling like your pet. In this case, a clean-looking home is not enough.
One way to take care of pet odors is to invest in a good enzyme pet odor neutralizer. You could also go the DIY way by using white vinegar.
Simply fill a spray bottle with some white vinegar and spray a good amount of mist on the source areas of the smell. Leave it to dry and notice how significantly the smell would have reduced.
Use pet beds with removable cover
Pet beds with removable cover are easier to clean. You only need to clean the covers which can be done with a washing machine. This choice of pet bed will even make the bed last longer.
One great way to clean your pet bed cover is to use baking soda. Bicarbonate of soda is great for absorbing odors. It is also an anti-bacterial agent.
You just need to add a cup of it to your normal pet bed cover washing solution and wash as usual. When it gets dry, it will be fresh and free of odor.
It’s always a good feeling to come back to a clean home, and of course, an excited pet. It is great for your sanity too, and your friends will have one less reason not to visit. If you follow these cleaning tips, you will find out how easy it is to keep your home clean despite your pet and your tight schedule.