As most parents know, keeping the house clean with kids in the mix is not an easy task. You can make your home virtually spotless one evening, only to have it back to its former glory of toys strewn all over the place and spilled sippy cups everywhere by the following afternoon. Still, it’s hard not to want to keep things in order. If you have pets, however, it becomes that much harder to do so. If you’re struggling to figure out how to keep your house clean with pets, however, there are a few tips and tricks to follow.
It’s hard to believe, but house pets leave behind the kind of smells that you get used to when you are in your home often and around your pets on a regular basis. You might think your dogs or cats are the cleanest pets out there, but it could take a friend popping in to let you know there is a permanent stench of pet dander in the air in your home. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, because pets naturally leave behind their scents everywhere they go. But it is important to do all you can to keep up with the pet messes and accidents to ensure your home is still as clean as possible.
Invest In A Good Vacuum Cleaner
Try to find a vacuum that also has a tool for pet hair specifically. This way, you can more easily suck the fur out of your furniture during your daily or weekly cleaning sessions. Make sure the vacuum also has a strong suction in general, because that way, it can more easily suck up all of the pet fur and dander in your carpets and rugs.
Don’t Let Messes Sit Too Long
It can be annoying to clean your cat’s third pile of vomit in one day, but allowing these kinds of messes to sit longer than they have to can have lasting negative effects throughout your home. They can harden and make it more difficult to clean and scrape the mess off hardwood floors without damaging the floor itself. Or, they can seep into carpet or rugs and create a more deep set smell that is harder to get out.
Regularly Change Your Air Filters
If you have more than one furry pet, then chances are, you dust and sweep up fur daily. But if you regularly change the filter in your home, you might not have to attend to stray fur balls every single day. You can also invest in a higher capacity one that is made for keeping dust and pet dander to a minimum in your house.
Keep The Litter Box Clean
It’s important to regularly clean your cat’s litter box, especially if you have more than one cat. But even if you have just one feline friend in the house, you need to keep the litter box free from clumps. Some cats will refuse to use a litter box that isn’t pristine and could use the floor right outside of it. Other cats will continue to use the box, and as it fills up, the stench could reach every corner of your home.
Keep Your Bedding Clean
Because fabrics can absorb bad smells, your own bed linens can potentially retain pet odors, even if you don’t realize it. It’s just another reason to keep your bedding and any throw blankets fresh and clean.
Buy A Cat Scratching Post
Cats have a natural inclination to scratch their claws on things in the home. If you aren’t careful, they can ruin rugs, carpeting, and furniture with their incessant scratching. This can, in turn, lead to piles of carpet threads all over the place. Stop it before it happens and get a scratching post for your cats to focus their scratching needs on instead.
Keep Paws Clean
Pets can rarely be stopped from bringing their messy footprints in the house. To try and combat this, however, you can keep a towel near the door to wipe your pet’s feet as soon as they walk in the door.
Groom Your Pets
Maybe cats don’t need special grooming treatments, but regularly grooming your dog can make a world of difference. This keeps their nails trimmed, preventing some scratches on furniture or floors. It also keeps some pets’ hair short and trim, leading to less shedding around the house.
Consider Deodorizers For Your Home
Something as simple as baking soda can keep odors at bay when it comes to your carpets. But you can also buy scented baking soda-based powders to sprinkle on rugs and then vacuum. Or, you can find the right plug-in air fresheners that regularly emit more pleasant scents and can sometimes overshadow any pet odors in the air.
Make And Stick To A List
You might already have your hands full in keeping your home clean with a handful of kids in the house. In order to stay on track with your regular cleaning and keep your home clean while you have pets, use your checklist as a guideline to force yourself to continue a cleaning ritual that keeps pet smells and messes at bay.
Not many people love cleaning. Or, if they do, they can’t possibly retain that love when it means constant upkeep with pets in the house. Hopefully these tips will make it just a little easier, though, to keep your home clean while you have pets without going bonkers in the process.