According to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 million homes. A decent percentage of that are people who have indoor animals. This means LOTS of pet hair, dirt, and dander. Most people who have indoor pets don’t seem to be bothered by the traces that their fur babies leave on the couch. However, they still want to keep the house looking clean.
You may be more than capable of taking care of your pets while still balancing everyday life, but cleaning up after them is another feat all on its own. You can easily call a cleaning service to step in and take the weight off your shoulders. In between professional cleanings, you will still want to tidy up a bit here and there. Start with house cleaning basics.
While this may seem like a training and grooming guide for a moment, these basic tips will truly help in keeping your household cleaning tasks manageable.
1. Consistently comb your pets. Loose pet hair can quickly turn into tumbleweeds in every room. Add forced-air heat or A/C to the mix, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
2. Use a crate or a special pet area for sleeping and relaxing. Keeping your pets off your furniture may be tough at first, but this is a great training technique and also helps prevent everyday pet messes.
3. Designate an eating spot for easy cleanup.
4. Have an area to clean paws after being outdoors.
5. Keep any rooms closed off that are not pet-friendly or that your furry friend does not need to be in.
Target the problem areas for a clean house
High-traffic areas in your home are also likely to be the main places where your house cleaning chores converge with your furry friend’s presence. Consistency is the key to success, whether you have one pet or five.
Cleaning tile and hardwood floors
Starting from the ground up is the easiest way to take control. Keep up on vacuuming or using a Swiffer or similar tool for hardwood floors. For many, traditional sweeping is not practical when you add pet hair into the equation. Try cleaning your floors twice a week instead of once a week. You should notice a difference in the amount of time it takes and a decrease in the pet hair you’re dragging around your home. For many pet owners, steam cleaning hard-surface flooring is the best option. It is faster than a mop and bucket, and homeowners can do it in a pinch. Steam clean weekly to kill germs and clean up messes.
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