A pet can bring plenty of joy, laughs, and fun in an otherwise quiet home. However, once you decide to be a full-fledged pet owner, you need to be prepared to address all the things your furry pet will track into your home. These include dirt, dust, and mud.
With a pet around, you will also have to deal with shedding, which you will encounter in nearly all areas in your home. Additionally, your animal friend may develop messy eating habits, play in their water bowls, or run wildly around your house. Because of this, you will have even more messes to deal with.
Lastly, when you have a new pet, you need to be ready to clean up those little surprises they will leave in certain parts of your home.
Maintaining a Mess-Free Home With Pets
Keeping your home clean and organized can undoubtedly be challenging if you have a pet. However, it isn’t impossible.
Below are some useful tips from long-time providers of home cleaning services on how to keep a clean and healthy home even if you have a playful, active, and messy pet:
1. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner.
A vacuum cleaner will save you a lot of effort in keeping your floors clean. As long as you have the right equipment, you won’t have a hard time dealing with pesky loose fur and odors.
In case your furry friend loves sitting or sleeping on your furniture, it would be best to get a vacuum cleaner that can tackle upholstery as well.
However, if your pet seems to be making a mess every hour or so on various parts of your home, consider getting a robot vacuum. You will always have a clean floor even if you don’t lug around your vacuum cleaner.
With a tidy floor, you will reduce the number of bacteria in your home.
2. Establish a pet grooming routine.
Having a clean pet is crucial to having a neat, healthy home.
As such, give your pet a bath regularly, especially if your furry friend spends a lot of time outdoors.
However, don’t shampoo your pet too often since doing so will dry out your pet’s hair. During the time you don’t use shampoo, simply wash your pet with plain water.
After bathing your pet, keep him confined to one area, preferably with a floor that is easy to clean, such as the kitchen or laundry room. Another option would be to dry your pet’s fur thoroughly before letting him enter the house.
If you can’t give your pet a bath, use wet wipes to wipe his fur and paws.
Don’t forget to schedule regular trimming and de-shedding to keep dander to a minimum. This will go a long way in reducing this common allergy trigger in your home.
3. Use old towels or blankets.
In case your pet likes resting or sleeping in one particular spot in your home, place an old towel or blanket over this area. By doing so, you will make it easier to clean this area since you simply need to pick up the sheet and shake it off outside to get rid of dander and dust.
This simple technique will also help limit the area where your pet can shed hair. The dander will then be confined to specific areas as well, and it will be easier to avoid these areas or reduce your family’s exposure to these.
4. Keep your pet’s dishes and eating area clean.
Your pet’s feeding bowl is one of the dirtiest items you have in your home. To keep it clean and bacteria-free, wash it every day. If you don’t have the time to wash it daily, give it a nice rinse and wipe-down regularly.
Keep the area where you feed your pet clean as well. Place a rimmed tray under the dish to catch some of the mess and allow for easy clean-up. Additionally, wipe the floors, wall, and trim around their eating area frequently.
5. Upgrade your furniture.
If your pet loves resting on your upholstered furniture and you can’t seem to stop him from doing so, consider replacing your sofa and other pieces.
This is because not all furnishing materials are the same. Some are more prone to acting like hair magnets, holding bad odors, and staining easily.
If you want to keep a tidy, lovely home by upgrading your furniture, start by choosing furnishings that are made of leather or tightly woven materials. They are more pet-friendly and easier to clean and maintain.
6. Schedule deep cleaning regularly.
Lastly, if you want a thoroughly clean home without the musty pet smell, hire professional cleaners to give it a proper scrub-down once or twice a month.
Your hired cleaners will take care of all the heavy, difficult tasks of cleaning every area of your house. In case your carpets are soiled, they will also steam-clean it to remove pet-related stubborn dirt and bad odor.
As long as you keep your pet out of the way while the cleaners are in your home, your house will be cleaner and tidier and will smell better once they are done. And this will make your abode healthier.
Whether you are a new pet owner or an experienced one, following the tips above will help you maintain a clean, healthy, and happy home for every member of your family, including the four-footed ones.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.