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How to Keep Your House Clean with Pets

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Mar 5, 2018 12:03 AM

If you have a pet, then keeping your home clean may be a challenge for you, especially if you own big pets like dogs. Owning a pet is always an amazing experience, but it definitely involves a lot of work. However, don't let that discourage you from welcoming it in your home. Here are some useful tips on how to keep your house clean if you have pets.

Groom Your Pet More Often

Grooming your pet a couple of times a week can drastically help in decreasing shedding. This activity is not only good for keeping your floor furless, but will also likely be something your pet will enjoy. A lot of animals really enjoy to be groomed, so this could be a good bonding experience for you two.

Get Some Basic Cleaning Tools and Have Them in Your Home

One of the most useful things you can have in your living space when it comes to keeping your floor fur-free is a sweeper. It's really easy to use and can be found in every bigger market, plus it's very efficient when it comes to dog hair and it can also be used to clean all the unwanted dust or dirt off your floor since the sweeper material traps it all.

Cleaning Your Pet before Entering the Loft

Pets can make a real mess sometimes when they come inside the house after a rain or just a walk. This is why it's a good idea to invest in some paper towels and cleaning your pet's paws before it enters the apartment.

Keeping It Occupied While Away From Home

If you leave your pet alone at home, you may end up seeing a huge mess once you get back. Sometimes, you'll have to leave it alone. For example, you may be going to work or to the supermarket to stock up on groceries. This is why it's important to provide your pet with a way to stay occupied while you're not there. Getting some rubber toys is a good idea because it is a good exercise and it keeps your pet busy when you are not home, thus decreasing the chance of a mess happening in the apartment when you are not there to supervise.

Wash Your Pet Frequently

A lot of people bathe their pets only when they really need a good cleaning, but regularly doing this can really go a long way when it comes to keeping things in your house clean.  You should determine how often you should wash your pet depending on what it was doing the previous few hours or days. If it was rainy outside and you took your dog for a walk, you should definitely wash it once you get back home.


Using a vacuum cleaner to clean your furniture from hair is something you should always do before having guests over, since it will save you a lot of time on removing fur from clothing. If you don't vacuum your furniture, you may have to clean all your clothes individually, which can take up a lot of your time. In order to easily remove pet hair from your furniture, you will need to carefully choose the best vacuum for pets.

Clean the Toys

Not cleaning your pet's stuff can cause a strong smell in your house. Figure out if your pets' things are washable by machine. If not, you can also accomplish this by simply using your hands with some soap. This technique is ideal to be used when it is sunny outside, since the toys will get dry fast and the smell will be removed because of the sun.

Having a pet is a great thing, especially if you have children. It helps your kids learn about responsibility and provides them with a lot of love and laughter. Although a mess may occur from time to time, don't let that stop you from having fun and enjoying all the positive perks of having a pet.

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