In cat and dog-friendly homes, pets are important members of the family who bring love – and messes – into our lives. Dogs and cats have hairy coats that bring everything from the outside in, and homes with dogs have more bacteria and dander on upholstery, pillow coverings, and other locations.
Nevertheless, it is possible to share your home with pets and keep it clean and odor-free without too much additional work. The trick is to stick to certain ground rules for yourself and your pet, keep your cat or dog groomed, and streamline the cleanup process.
Decide What Parts of the Home Is Your Pet Allowed to Share
The parts of the house your dog or cat shares will need additional cleanup. Decide where your pet is allowed and remain consistent about enforcing the rules. If your dog or cat is allowed on the couch or upholstered furniture, it is wise to choose a microfiber or leather couch that will be easier to clean. Try to teach your pet to sleep in its own bed if you can. If your pet sleeps on your bed, ensure you wash coverlets, quilts or other bed coverings more often.
Bathe or Groom Your Pet Often
Regular grooming helps keep pet hair off the carpet and furniture. Groom your pet out-of-doors to minimize airborne particles that can cause allergies. Bathe a dog every week or two and use grooming wipes in between.
Feed Your Pet Cleanly
Consider feeding your pets in a utility area or outer room, preferably one with a sink for washing pet dishes and serving spoons. Clean pet food and water dishes with hot water and dishwashing soap and dry with a paper towel.
Avoid feeding your pets on carpeted areas, as it is more difficult to clean. Set food and water bowls inside a large plastic tray to help protect your floor from spills. Cats can be fed on a worktop rather than on the floor.
Clean Pet Bedding
Choose a bed for your dog or cat that is easy to clean and disinfect regularly. Otherwise, your pet’s bed can become a home to fleas and mites. Wash in hot water and detergent. Many dog and cat beds can be dried in a home dryer, but if not, place outside to thoroughly dry in the sun after washing.
Get Pet Fur off the Carpet, Curtains, and Furniture
Suction pet hair off the sofa and drapes with the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner. To get hair off blankets, chairs, and other areas where your pet sits, brush the area with your hand while wearing a wet rubber glove. Rinse the glove under the tap, scoop the hair out of the sink, and throw it away.
Rubbing a balloon or latex glove over embedded hair in the carpet makes it stand up with static electricity so it can be vacuumed up more easily. Call COIT for professional cleaning of upholstery, draperies and blinds that can thoroughly remove all pet hair, dander, and dirt, and keep your home looking and smelling fresh and clean.