Clean Home Tips for Pet Owners

If you have pets, you know it can be hard to keep your home clean and smelling fresh. These tips can help!

Bathe and groom your pets regularly.

This will keep excess dirt, oils, dander and any odors that may be on their coat from being carried throughout your house. Brushing and grooming can be done more often, since it is just as importatnt. Whenever possible, brush your pets outside to prevent loose hair finding its way into furniture and carpeting.

Get rid of the hair on your furnishing.

Use a vacuum cleaner with a pet attachment or lint roller to do away with loose hair at least once a week. If the lint roller or vacuum attachment isn't working, try using a rubber glove.

Vacuum the floors.

You should try to vacuum your floors once or twice a week, depending on the amount of pets you have in your home. This will help lessen the amount of hair and cat liter on the floor that leaves behind those lingering pet smells. You can also use a squeegee to pull up the stray hairs in your carpet that your vacuum can't get to.

Check your air filters.

Pet hair can build up and clog your air filters. Be sure to change your air-conditioning or furnace filters at least every one or two months.

Clean up accidents right away.

If one of your pets has an accident inside, it's important to immediately clean the area to avoid stains and lingering odors. Try using and enzymatic cleaner, which breaks down pet urine to remove it, rather than just masking the odor. 

Don't forget to was pet bedding.

Be sure to wash any pet bedding, including the removeable covers, at least twice a month. Just think how often you should be washing your sheets. Your pets may spend ever more time in their own beds than we as humans spend in ours.

Keep up with the litter box.

You should scoop the cat litter at least once a day. Keep the litter fresh with baking soda, which can help absord odor. 

Keeping your home odor-free is all part of your own home maintenance. If you've purchased a home that has a lasting smell of the previous furry tenants,  you can use these ideas for a deep clean. 

Removing the hair by deep cleaning is a great start. 

Have carpets professionally cleaned. Finding a local carpet cleaner can work wonders especially if the carpet still has life left in it. 

Having the ducts cleaned can help remove left behind debris, dirt and hair.

A fresh coat of paint and using some odor absorbing primer will top it all off making your new home, feel like brand new.

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