Cleaning Up After Pets: Budget-Friendly Tips For Dog Owners
Keeping a home clean when you have pets can be a challenge; even the most well-behaved animals can leave behind fur, dander, and little messes that can add up over time. Many homeowners find themselves cleaning daily and still battling dog hair or muddy footprints, leaving them feeling stressed and exhausted from trying to keep up. When you have a family, a job, and many other responsibilities to take care of, it can be difficult to also be in charge of constant cleaning.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that your home stays clean--no matter how many dogs you have--without breaking the bank. From finding the right type of cleaners for your carpet to covering your furniture in an effort to prevent fur and dander from getting stuck to the upholstery, there are several things you can do to keep your home looking and smelling lovely all year.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.
Clean your carpet
There are many causes of pet odors; some come from accidents, both new and old, while others occur after a dog has gotten wet in the rain and spent time on the rug or furniture. One of the best ways to remove odor from your home is to deep-clean your carpet. Even if your dog no longer has accidents, it’s likely that old ones left behind a stain on the pad beneath, which can seep up through your carpet. Using an enzymatic stain remover can help gently clean your carpets while removing those odors and leaving your home smelling fresh.
Cover your furniture
The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” may or may not be true, but one thing many pet owners agree on is that it’s very difficult to get a pet to stop doing something he’s been doing for years--such as laying on furniture. It’s especially difficult to control when you’re not home, so the next best thing is to cover it. Lay an old sheet or towel down on his favorite spot so that when he takes a nap, he won’t leave behind fur and dander on your upholstery.
Keep your pup clean
Even the most well-behaved animal can sometimes find it fun to roll in the mud once in a while, and even if there’s no mud to be found around your house, dogs can still track in dirt and debris on their paws and in their fur. Keep your pup clean by leaving paw wipes near the door, especially in spring and winter, when the weather tends to be the most slushy. Brush his coat everyday (outside) to remove excess loose hair and dander, and give him a bath once a week. It’s also a good idea to clean his toys regularly.
Use a robotic vacuum
The right vacuum can help you keep your home clean even when you’re not around. Consider investing in a robotic vacuum that will pick up pet hair and dirt automatically, on a continuous basis. This is a great way to keep your floors looking nice without having to keep up with all the cleaning yourself.
Owning a pet can be one of the most joyous decisions you’ll ever make, but it’s also a lot of hard work. Make things a little easier on yourself by following these tips and looking for other small, budget-friendly ways to keep your home looking and smelling beautiful. With a little planning, you can ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy and that your home stays clean without breaking the bank.
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