If you happen to be a pet owner then you know that your furry little friend can make a mess. Speaking as someone who has had several cats and dogs throughout my life, I have an understanding of just how messy your house can become with pets. Sometimes, it seems no matter how often you sweep up their fur or try to brush them there is still fur on the floors, furniture, and even your clothes. Dirty paws can also cause your floors to become messy, even when you think you’ve wiped them off. The good people at Enviro Maids, are also aware of this problem, and have a few tips for you pet owners out there.
Whether you’re a dog person, cat person, or both, pet owners worldwide can agree that their four-legged furry family members are loyal, lifelong companions that can also be quite messy! If there’s always a ball of fur moving across your floor like a tumbleweed, or you’re constantly wiping up wet paw prints from the floor, we have a few suggestions with the help of housekeeping maven, Martha Stewart, on how to enjoy your family pet while keeping your house clean. It takes a bit of extra work, but the results will be worth it.
An ounce of prevention…
Shedding is inevitable with most dogs and cats. Some animals shed more or less depending on the breed. Some of the most popular dog breeds such as German Shepherds and Gold Retrievers are also some of the heaviest shedders. When it comes to cats, long-haired breeds such as Persians and Maine Coons are known to leave behind unsightly clumps of fur. Shedding is best controlled by regular brushing. The more fur you collect in a brush, the less fur that ends up in the air and on surfaces throughout your home.
Protect your furniture
If your pet’s favorite napping spot is on your upholstered furniture, protect the surface by covering it with a towel or spare sheet. Regularly shake it outside to get rid of most of the fur and wash it as needed.
When it’s too late
Once the damage has already been done and your furniture has gotten a fur-covered “makeover”, the best way to remove it is to use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. You can also try using a tape roller to roll over the surface to pick up the fur. In a pinch, you can also use mailing tape. The sticky surface quickly and easily removes unwanted fur. The tape roller trick also works great for getting fur off of your clothing.
There’s nothing cuter than seeing your puppy frolicking playfully in the snow. Something that’s not so cute is the slushy, wet paw prints your puppy leaves on your floor and carpeting as a reminder of the fun he just had. Stop him in his tracks before it’s too late by keeping a towel by the door and taking a couple of minutes to dry each paw before letting him reenter the home. If your dog will be outside when it’s muddy out, fill a small bowl with tepid water and have it ready by your door. Wash off his mud-covered paws and dry them with a towel.
When it comes to pets, bathroom accidents are bound to happen, especially if you have a puppy or kitten. As with many types of stains, bathroom accidents should be cleaned as soon as possible. Cleaning a tile or laminate floor is straightforward. But, when it comes to removing stains and odors from carpets, a little more work is required. Blot the problem area with a white cloth to absorb as much of the moisture as possible. Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon liquid dish soap with one cup of warm water; blot with the solution using a clean towel. Rinse by blotting with a towel dampened with warm water. Continue cleaning and rinsing until the stain is gone. For stubborn stains and lingering odors, leave it to the professionals.
Other Handy Tips
Place a towel or washable mat under your pet’s food and water bowl. The towel or mat will help catch any food or water messes.
Before traveling with your dog in your car, cover the back seat with a protective seat cover. You can purchase one of the many that are available, or you can upcycle by using an old comforter or bedspread.
When purchasing furniture, look for pet-friendly fabrics and materials. Top-grain leather, microfiber, and fabrics that are tightly woven hold up better to frequent pet use. Try to match the color of your fabric to the color of your pet’s fur. The similarity in color will help mask fur.