Tips on how to keep your house clean with pets

We love our furry friends; many of us consider our pets to be members of the family, not just animals. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 36% of American households have a dog while another 30% have a cat.

While we may love our pets, not everyone does. This can lead to tricky situations when having visitors over – or when trying to sell your house. The following tips and tricks can help you keep your house clean, even with one – or more – furry friend at home.

  1. Control pet hair

Pet hair is the bane of many cat and dog owners; instead of reaching straight for the lint roller, try controlling it through brushing, vacuuming, and more.

  • Brushing: Daily brushing can help remove excess hair, especially for pets with long or thick coats.
  • Vacuum: Run the vacuum in multiple directions to get as much hair up as possible. Use a rubber rake or carpet tool to further remove as much ground-in hair as possible from the carpet.
  • Fabric: When shopping for furniture, opt for easy to wipe down fabrics such as leather or microfiber.
  • Cover: If your pet has a favorite spot on the couch, consider covering it with a blanket or towel. Shake out and wash regularly.
  1. Eliminate odors

Pet owners are often desensitized to any odors in their home – but visitors are not. Reducing pet odors can keep your home smelling fresh, no matter how many animals you have.

  • Baths: Most pets need baths every few weeks to remove odors and help distribute natural oils. Use pet-specific shampoos and keep bath time and fast and fun as possible. Try odor-eliminating pet wipes between baths – or for hard-to-bathe animals.
  • Carpet cleaning: Having carpets and rugs professionally cleaned can help eliminate stains and odors that spot cleaning and vacuums cannot. Aim to have them shampooed by a professional around once per year.
  • Ask a friend: Ask a trusted friend to come over and give you an honest opinion of the odor in your home. While you may not be able to notice the smell of kitty litter or wet dog, someone else might.
  1. Clean up

Whether it is putting toys away or cleaning up the yard, clean up after your pets to keep your home neat.

  • Toys: Put pet toys away into decorative baskets or bins to keep floors clear from clutter.
  • Yard: Try to pick up pet messes in the yard as soon as they happen. Repair any damage to grass, fencing, or other areas of the yard as it occurs.
  • Litter boxes: Choose litter with odor eliminating qualities; small amounts of baking soda can also be sprinkled into litter to control smells. Instead of putting a litter box in a small space, such as a bathroom or laundry room, try placing it in a larger room where the smell can more easily disperse.

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