In addition to the joy that a new pet gives to their owners, there are also some quite visible disadvantages of their presence in the house or flat: they leave hair everywhere, bring dirt on their paws and can also bring parasites and microbes into the home. Nevertheless, we believe that shouldn’t stop you from getting a pet, as there are many easy ways to keep your home clean and safe, especially if you have kids.†
Letís go through a list of things and details you should take into consideration in order to keep your house or flat clean and enjoy life with your furry friend as much as possible!
Clean more thoroughly
Special cleaning requirements are caused by the following reasons:
- fur, animal smells can cause allergies in owners;
- saliva, secretions, fur sometimes cause infections, parasitic diseases;
- animals bring dirt from the street, which may contain pathogens;
- fur on the sofa, in food, unpleasant odors cause negative emotions in guests and owners.
This means that if you want to keep a pet in the house, you should be ready to clean up after them constantly. And if guests are coming or it is difficult for you to devote a lot of time to cleaning, call professional cleaners who use special tools, high quality chemicals, special equipment – they will easily bring perfect cleanliness to the house.
Important tips for cleaning when you have a pet
Having everything sparkling in your house or flat when you have pets that also live there is a difficult task. The most difficult thing is to deal with shreds of fur and the specific smell. But you can and should fight it!
Clean the surfaces once every 2 days
It’s one thing if two adult working people live in the house or flat – you can clean it once a week, and thatís all.
But if youíve got a dog or cat at your place, especially during shedding, this means daily lumps of fur throughout the house, traces of dirty paws after a walk, smell from the cat litter and so on. Thus, you will have to carry out wet cleaning every two days.
Wash floors, furniture and carpets more often with a damp brush. Pay special attention to corners, secluded places – this is where animals like to hide, drag food there.
Clean out the fur
How to collect fur scattered around the house? A damp rag will help – more fur will stick to it during cleaning. It remains only to rinse it more often.
You can use adhesive tape for the floors, furniture, sofa – the fur will stick. Then you can throw it into the trash bag.
Electrify an ordinary household glove made of latex or rubber – in this state, it is also able to attract fur.
Brush your pet frequently. Firstly, fewer lumps will fall on the floor and on the sofa, and secondly, your pet will definitely enjoy the procedure.
Use eco friendly cleaning products
Many modern detergents contain toxic substances that cause allergies and health problems in people. At the same time, animalsí contact with such agents is even closer.
When pouring food, one can spill the contents of the bag on the floor a little, and the cat or dog will lick it off along with the aggressive agent that one just washed the floor with. This can lead to pet poisoning. Therefore, try to use professional products that are safer for people and animals, or clean using folk methods such as soda, vinegar, mustard powder, and lemon.
Keep your petís area clean
Dog bedding, cat house, bird cage – all these need constant cleaning, because they can become a source of unpleasant odor in the house.
Cages of birds, hamsters, guinea pigs should be washed from time to time with hot water and a brush without any disinfectants or detergents. Soft bedding, on the other hand, must be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, steam cleaner, and sometimes washed.
Do not forget about the tank in which your favorite fish live. It also needs to be washed and cleaned of organic residues. Try to get by with only clean water, without detergents – they are deadly harmful to fish.
Wash food bowls after each use; for dog and cat bowls, it is advisable to purchase special mats on which they will be placed.†
Take special care of the cat litter: get a good filler, change it regularly, and wash the litter more often. Cleanliness in your home begins with the cleanliness of the “place” of your pets.
Get good tools
Coping with the issues associated with living with a pet will be much easier if you have the necessary equipment at hand.
You will need a good washing vacuum cleaner – it is it that will help to cope with dirt and fur.
Your assistant can be a steam cleaner, which makes it easy to clean floors, furniture, carpets.
You can also buy a roller with adhesive tape – it will become your main tool in the fight against fur.
There are special turbo brushes, vacuum cleaners for owners of dogs and cats, with powerful filters that retain fur, wash out any surfaces, and purify the air.
Other important details
Here are some pet owners life hacks:
- Put a soft rug on which excess moisture will linger at the entrance. Wipe dirty paws with a special dog towel, which you keep by the door.
- If there is a lot of dirt outside, you will have to wash the dog in the bathroom. Cats also need water treatments from time to time.
- Sew your dog overalls from waterproof, lined fabrics. They will protect not only from the cold, but also from dirt.
- Remember that cats and dogs often have fleas, ticks and other parasites. Regularly inspect your pet’s coat, use good pharmacy insect repellents so that they do not settle in your home.
It is not easy to keep pets in the house and keep it clean. The main feature of cleaning is the constant washing of floors and wiping surfaces with a damp cloth, as well as competent care for your animals.
But is it possible to find a pet that doesn’t leave hair everywhere, doesn’t make a mess, and doesn’t smell bad? Perhaps all these qualities are rare in one pet at the same time, but there are several breeds that are almost perfect for those who are in awe of order and cleanliness at their place, such as the sphynx, the exotic shorthair and all types of bully breed dogs.