Our pets are not simply our four-legged friends, but a part of our family. And as members of our family, they feel very comfortable and free at home, in our family nest. Of course, this is a good thing, because we love them so much and we like them to feel happy and cheerful. However, pets are pets and sometimes they go out of control, nearly ruining what is supposed to be our clean, well-managed and sanitised home. House cleaning is already a hard task and when pets are added to the mix, things get harder. Not to mention that having pets and young children always means additional and very thorough carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and stain removal… practically all the time!
The more time your pets spend at home, the more you have to deal with dirt, hair, dander, dumped water bowls and accidents that happen out of nowhere and always end up with you rubbing the stain. Even the best-behaved dog or cat happens to make a mess, so be sure to brace yourself and have a clean cloth and a spray bottle around you all the time. Here are a few easy to follow tips and tricks on how to react immediately to such accidents and how to prevent stains become permanent!
- Placing a mat under the bowls with animal food and water is an easy, but very effective prevention from permanent stains and messes left on your carpet or hard floor. You also can keep spills and drips easily to clean that way.
- Sticky cat dander on the walls? This can be easily removed with a damp cloth, but use it only on painted walls.
- If you are concerned about your upholstered pieces of furniture and you want to prevent thorough upholstery cleaning, then be sure to use washable covers. Make sure to wash them in hot water to kill bacteria and allergens.
- If you do not follow the rule that pets don’t have to sleep in your bed, then be sure you wash the bedding at a high temperature at least once every two weeks. Wash sheets and pillow covers separately to prevent hair from migrating to other fabrics.
- When removing pet hair from the curtains, upholstery, carpet and rugs, use a rubber latex glove instead of vacuuming.
- A fun tip about you – do not vacuum your pet, vacuum only around the house, no matter how much your dog or cat sheds.
- Urine stains are a real pain and if you want to clean them successfully, then blot them gently to remove the excess moisture, instead of rubbing them intensively, because you risk the stain penetrating through the fibres of the carpet and other fabrics and become permanent. Then rinse with a mild solution of dishwashing liquid and water. You can also sprinkle some baking soda first to absorb the excess moisture and neutralise the nasty smell.
- You can also use baking soda to neutralise the smell in the pet bed. Sprinkle generously, wait 15 minutes and then vacuum.
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