Now let’s talk a little about keeping your house clean with pets. Okay, okay this is not the fun thing to always talk about, but I’m sure it is a daily struggle for all of us pet owners. Constant shedding from nearly every sort of cat and dog is likely to happen. From the day you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home you know the task of keeping up after them is there.
Living in city and a lawn that wasn’t fenced in I already knew I was not going to have an outdoor dog. She had been indoor and had free reign with a lot of the home, apart from the spare bedrooms. I watched her like a hawk when I brought her home and for the first two days I was fairly good at reading her hints as to when she needed to go out. But I was not always fast enough. There were the few mishaps that of course I was pretty diligent at cleaning up right away and also make sure to spray the carpet or wood to deter her from going there again.
As the days, weeks and months go by your pet will probably be getting better at letting you know when they need to go out and just about the time you think you have a handle on it, BAM… the poor thing gets ill. Either with a new food change or something which is causing your pet digestive issues, you now have another clean up situation. Whether this means a rug spray or hardwood cleaning or it involves the full body suit clothes pin on the nose and rubber gloves to your elbows, it has gotta get cleaned up. Then there is the odor to contend with.
Finding the solution to work in your home to control the smell and cleaning can be hard. Here are a few things I do that seem to help a lot.
Wherever the scene of the crime is that I begin with spot scrubbing. Odor killing and stain removal for pets are the two biggest things I look for in a spot cleaner.
Baking Soda. If it’s my carpet I begin by sprinkling around the region and if the odor is still pretty bad I allow the container in the room to absorb the smell. When I change them I scatter it in the base of their litter box and on the floor under the box. Baking soda and vinegar water is a perfect stain remover when steam scrubbing and cleaning your carpet.
Oh yes the difference that makes in the smell of my home is remarkable! Especially as I was dealing with an allergy that made her skin have a terrible odor. Grooming was essential for my dog with allergies.
Vacuum every day.
I try to keep up with my vacuuming. I don’t always do it every day but I try to. In addition, I use baking soda before I vacuum and allow it to sit in the carpet about a half hour before running the sweeper.
Odor control room spray.
This one is a major one. I have a spray bottle of odor control spray to help freshen up the house especially prior to any visitors come.
Cleaning can be a daunting task as a pet owner but we can never trade that for all the affection and love we get out of our loving furry friends.