They might be the light of our lives, but having a pet can also make it hard to maintain the pristine home we might want. Keeping your pet happy and healthy and your home squeaky-clean can be a challenge, but armed with the right tools and knowledge it is possible to look after both.
It’s not only the aesthetics and smell of your home that can suffer as a result of owning a pet; as well as ruining furniture and fabrics, your family may be at risk from health problems associated with dirt or infections carried by pets if your house is not kept as clean as possible. If there are any areas of your home that you do not want your pet to be allowed in, then make these rules clear from the outset by discouraging entry and stick with them to ensure consistency. It is particularly important to keep pets out of bedrooms of any owners who have allergies to pets.
Providing regular grooming for your pet is essential both for their own wellbeing and also your family’s, as pet hairs, dander and dirt from the coat, which includes flea faeces, can accumulate quickly in a home. Dander are tiny flakes of skin from warm-blooded animals, and it is usually this that causes issues and aggravates people with allergies. Brushing your dog or cat’s hair every day, in particular those with long hair, is advisable and you will quickly notice the effects with visibly less hair around your house. Any pet hair that still remains on furniture and carpets should be vacuumed several times a week using full suction; for other hard floors an electrostatic mop is most efficient to avoid simply blowing the hair around.
Be sure to keep any pet places clean by wiping floor areas with pet safe disinfectant, washing food and water bowls regularly and also washing any throws and bedding frequently on hot washes to kill any fleas and bacteria. Stopping muddy paws at the door can help prevent dirt spreading and maintain clean floors, so it is good to have easily washable mats both outside and inside any entrance doors used by your pet.
Any litter trays are an obvious place for ensuring cleanliness and should be checked regularly. Litter trays can contain bacteria and parasites, so any waste should be removed at every possible opportunity. What’s more, cats are very clean creatures and if their tray is dirty they will choose other places to toilet which will mean more cleaning required!
Taking care of your pet’s cleanliness and looking after your home go hand in hand; make sure you keep up with both and you’ll have a clean, fresh-smelling house and a well-groomed happy pet!