If the only pet you have in your home is a goldfish, you shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping your home clean. The same applies if you have a mouse or a hamster that is confined to its cage.
But if you have a cat or a dog, keeping a clean house can be challenging.
Pet hairs, toileting stains, and muddy footprints are just a few of the things you may need to contend with if you have one or more of these animals in your home.
Thankfully, there are ways to have both a pet AND a clean home so you don’t have to let go of one or the other.
Here are some suggestions we hope you find useful.
Make a few home improvements
Your life will be made easier if you make a few pet-friendly changes around your home.
If you replace your carpets with hardwood flooring, for example, those hairs and pesky paw prints will be much easier to remove. And if you reconsider your furniture choices, with easy-to-clean sofas made out of hardy fabrics like leather and microfiber, you will have less trouble with hair, mud, and lingering pet smells.
These are some of the home improvements to consider if you have a dog or a cat so if you can afford to make some changes, do so, for the sake of your sanity and a clean house.
Hire a professional
To avoid the problem of a lot of pet hairs, you could hire a professional grooming service for your cat or dog once in a while. This won’t alleviate the problem of pet hairs forever but it can be a temporary solution during periods when your pets shed a lot of hair. Of course, you can groom your pets yourself but if you have a busy lifestyle, you might want to call on a professional for help occasionally. You might also want to hire a carpet cleaning service if your carpets are odorous and stained as a professional will have the tools needed to give your carpets a deeper clean.
Another professional is a dog trainer. If you have a stubborn dog who climbs up onto the furniture when he shouldn’t or uses your whole house as his personal bathroom, you could get help from somebody who can help you manage your dog’s unruly behavior.
Set up a pet-cleaning station
Most cats and dogs love playing and exercising outdoors but it can be a real nightmare for you if they come in and leave a trail of muddy footprints around your floors. You can alleviate this problem with a pet-cleaning station which should be located near the door they use to enter and exit your home.
All you need is a bowl of water and a towel to give their paws (and other dirty parts of their body) a clean and a heavy-duty doormat to pick up any dirt before they roam around the rest of your house. You might want to have a couple of treats handy too so your pets know there is a reward in store for them if they submit to being cleaned.
Buy the necessary cleaning products
You will have a harder time combatting your pets’ mucky mess if you don’t have the right cleaning products to hand. De-shedding tools, pet-hair removers, and good old-fashioned baking soda for removing stains are just some of the pet-safe cleaning products you might want to add to your home.
If your vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a pet hair removal attachment, you might also want to upgrade to something that picks up hair with ease. Check out these best vacuums for pet hair and purchase something that fits your price range.
Contain the mess
If you let your pets roam around the entirety of your home, you are going to have more cleaning work to do. Therefore, it might be wise to limit access to certain rooms in your house. You could put a gate at the bottom of the stairs, for example, as this will stop your dog from wandering into your bedroom and bathroom.
Of course, if you have a cat, a gate is unlikely to stop them, but you can still close your upstairs doors and any other doors where you don’t want them to have access.
If you have pets and you’re struggling to keep a clean home, consider the suggestions we have presented here.
And should you have any further tips for our readers, please leave us a comment below.