Do you have a furry friend at home that keeps your house looking like a tornado hit it? While it’s impossible to keep your house spotless with a pet, there are some things you can do to make the process a little bit easier. In this blog post, we’ll share some of our best tips for keeping your home clean if you have pets. Stay tuned!
1. Vaccum And Mop Frequently
Vacuum your carpeting at least once a week to remove pet hair, dirt, and dust. Vacuum the furniture and floors in every room of your house, including under the beds and under furniture. Use a vacuum attachment with a beater bar for carpets or delicate floor surfaces to loosen dirt and pet hair.
A vacuum with a HEPA filter is ideal for removing dander from carpeting. Vacuum upholstery and draperies as well as mattresses on a regular basis to remove hair, dander, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, household dust mite feces (which are very allergenic), skin flakes from humans and pets (which can carry bacteria), and flea eggs (which can hatch into larvae).
Be sure to change the bag or empty the container after each use. You may also want to use an air purifier in your home if you notice that you have allergies or asthma triggered by pet dander or other allergens in your home.
2. Clean-Up Food Spills Immediately
Clean up any food spills on countertops and floors immediately so they don’t attract pests like ants and cockroaches into your home. Here are a few things you can do to ensure this:
- wash dishes promptly after meals
- store trash cans tightly closed
- keep garbage cans outside if possible
- empty them frequently
- clean out refrigerator shelves regularly
- wipe down kitchen counters with disinfectant after preparing meals
- vacuum cabinets thoroughly at least once every two weeks
- throw away old food that has been left out overnight before refrigerating it again
3. Clean Up After Them Promptly
Clean up urine, feces, vomit, and other bodily fluids promptly to prevent pets from re-soiling the same area again. If you have indoor pets then make sure that you place a litter box where your pet spends most of his/her time or if you have outdoor pets then make sure that you provide them with a doggy toilet (a “doggy toilet” is basically a small hole in the ground where dogs are supposed to go to the bathroom).
Cleaning up feces and urine immediately will help prevent bacterial growth which can cause infections in humans and pets. If your pet has an accident inside your home then use paper towels or newspaper to soak it up as much as possible before cleaning it with soap and water. Try to avoid using bleach because it could be harmful to both humans and pets if they ingest it due to its strong odor (bleach smells very bad).
Also remember never to use ammonia-based cleaners when cleaning up urine or feces because ammonia is commonly used by some animals as a way to mark their territory (in other words, ammonia is what animals use to let others know that this area belongs to them).
4. Changing sheets and pillowcases weekly
Keep bedding neat by making beds in the morning and changing sheets and pillowcases weekly; wash pillows, blankets, and other bedding regularly; if you have pets then make sure that they sleep on a clean blanket or mat and not on your bed because some pets like to sleep in their own feces (this is very common among cats) so if your pet sleeps on your bed then it will be easy for them to get into their own feces when they wake up which could lead to infections in humans.
If you have central heating or cooling system in your home then it is important to keep it clean too as most of the allergens are trapped inside these systems which make it difficult for people suffering from allergies or asthma to breathe normally. So cleaning these systems regularly will help improve air quality inside your home too.