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How To Keep A Pet-Friendly Home Clean

We all know people who own a couple dogs or a few cats whose house reflects that. Either their house is covered in pet hair, or there is a strong pet odor right when you enter their home.

So, is it possible to share a house with your pet(s) and still be able to maintain a clean and tidy home? Fortunately, if you lay down a few ground rules, it shouldn’t take too much extra work. Although it would be nice to get your pet to follow along with house rules, these rules aren’t for your pet, these rules are for you:

  • Decide what parts of the house you’re willing to share with your pet and be consistent about it.

  • While most of us consider our pets apart of the family, don’t allow your pet to sleep in your bed.

  • Groom your pet regularly to avoid dog or cat hair all over your furniture.

  • Give your pet the attention it needs. Take it out for a walk or to the park. A bored pet is likely to tear into things or chew things up. 

Feeding Your Pets

Try to find a place in your home where you won’t mind if your dog knocks over the water dish or if catnip is spilt on the floor. Consider an outer room like your garage or a utility area. Most utility areas have sinks where you can clean out dishes, you can also store your animal’s food in this room.

Keep food and water dishes in a plastic container or tray to protect your floor from spills. Wash the tray or container every week with hot water and bleach. Avoid feeding your animals on carpet floors.

It’s important to get in the habit of cleaning out your animal’s dishes right after they are done eating. Teach your animal to eat right when you put their food out so you can clean the dish immediately after. If you have to work all day, leave a water bowl out for your pet.

Battling Animal Fur

A shedding dog or cat can be one of the biggest hassles about owning a pet. A good vacuum is a necessity when you have an indoor pet. Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum to get hair off furniture. For chairs, beds, and blankets, use a wet rubber glove to gather pet hair. If anyone in your home has bad allergies, groom your pet outdoors to keep dust particles and hair out of the house. If you have a pet that tends to shed a lot, make sure you change your vents regularly to keep pet hair and particles out of the air. 

Bedding For Your Pet

While flannel bedding may look nice, it accumulates pet hair and can be a pain to clean. A wicker bed is a better choice because you can easily wash down the basket. Whatever bedding you choose for your pet, make sure you clean it once a week. If you don’t clean your pet’s bedding, it can become a home for fleas and mites.

No matter how easy to clean your home is, when you own a pet, it will take a daily and weekly effort to keep your home clean. The key is to prevent as much mess as possible and your home will be both clean and pet-friendly.

Trisha Banks is a blogger for Steamer's Carpet Care in San Antonio, Texas. Trisha just bought a cat and wanted to learn ways to keep her home fresh and clean while still keeping it pet-friendly. 

How To Pet-Proof Your Home

It goes without saying that we love our furry friends and we see them as just another member of the family. Let’s face it, though – the wear and tear that our pets can cause in our homes can be a real headache. The following are some tips and tricks for pet-proofing the rooms in your home, while still keeping it a fun place for your pets to live and play.

Living Room

Because the living room is where you probably entertain most of your guests, it’s important to pet-proof this room so your visitors won’t be experiencing a lot of odors and stains. To lessen the number of accidents that are bound to happen on your living room floor and furniture, try installing a doggie door (a locking doggie door so raccoons and other outside animals can’t come in uninvited) or placing the litter box close by.

The living room is also a great place to store any dog toys or cat climbers, so that your pets can feel included while you and the other humans are socializing. Also, if you don’t want your pets begging for attention or food and climbing or jumping on your guests, having their play area in the same area where you socialize will keep them busy and happy playing on their own.

Kitchen & Bathroom

Your kitchen and bathroom contain lots of potentially harmful things for dogs, so it’s important to prioritize pet-proofing these rooms. Pet-proofing the kitchen and bathroom is more about pet safety than keeping your home beautiful. Small, agile puppies and kittens are often attracted to small, secluded places, so installing child locks on your kitchen and bathroom cupboards is a good idea to keep them out and prevent them from eating your food or even worse – getting trapped!

Make sure to put poisonous foods like chocolate and any kind of harmful cleaning chemicals up high and out of reach from curious, hungry pets.

Bedroom

We all know from experience that there is no chance of convincing puppies and kittens that they shouldn’t chew on shoelaces on long sleeves, so pet-proofing your bedroom is often mainly about protecting your clothes and shoes from eager little teeth.

To ensure that your bedroom carpet isn’t riddled with stains from pet accidents, you may want to consider installing laminate or hardwood flooring in the room instead of carpet. This is a good idea, especially if you let your pets stay in your bedroom with you and you know you won’t always wake up in the middle of the night to let them out to use the bathroom. Ask your local flooring specialists – such as Floor Coverings International – what sorts of hardwood flooring and area rug options are available in your area. With area rugs, even if you have hardwood floors your bedroom can still be cozy. Also, if your rugs are small enough, you can throw them in an industrial washer if your puppy or kitten has an accident.

Hopefully these pointers will help you in pet-proofing your home so your pets can be safe, happy, and free to roam every room!

Lenny Cravits writes about home improvement, interior design, interior decorating, & lifestyle tips. He enjoys sharing his knowledge about both classic styles & the latest trends.

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