If you have the pleasure of sharing your home with a furry friend, as much as you love his or her company, there is no denying that they probably make your home rather messy, right? While dogs make us healthier and happier, they do not always have the same impact on our properties. However, there are a number of different steps you can take so that you can keep your home clean and tidy while you have dogs. With that being said, read on to discover everything you need to know.
Buy a sensible dog bed – There is only one place to begin, and this is by choosing your dog bed with care. It is easy to get lured by the dog beds that have extra fluffy lining and decadent designs. While these dog beds may look amazing and super comfy for your dog while sleeping, they are a nightmare to clean. Instead, you need to look for dog beds that are resistant to water, making them easy for you to wipe down.
React quickly to accidents – Another important tip, which may be something a lot of you do already, is to react quickly to any accidents. You can minimise smells well with a cleaner that is enzyme based.
Fight bad odours effectively – You also need to have an approach to dealing with the bad odours that come with owning dogs. You can, of course, purchase cleaning products that are specifically designed for this. However, if you don’t want to spend money on this, you do not have to. You will find that you can probably banish the odours with the products you have already got. For example, if you have upholstery and furniture that is not easy to clean, you can remove odours with a light spritz of vodka. Not only this but for neutralising odours, baking soda is a good choice. You can shake it over carpets and rugs before you vacuum the area. Not only this but to tackle offending areas of persisting odours, stick small pots of baking soda in the area. When washing beds and toys, vinegar also works well.
Purchase a top quality vacuum cleaner – Another way you can keep your home clean and tidy when you have dogs is by upgrading your vacuum cleaner. When you vacuum up your pet’s hair, it is important that you have a vacuum that is effective for banishing odours and picking up pesky hairs. This means a vacuum that has good brush action, a quality filter, and an extra strong suction. This will ensure the hair is pulled out of the carpet, rather than simply gliding over the surface.
Upgrade your sofa – This can be an expensive change to make but it can be a very beneficial one. After all, some sofas are a magnet for dog hair. They also show up the slightest stain and they hold undesirable odours. Does this sound familiar? If so, it is time for a change. When looking for a sofa, opt for materials that are tightly woven or go for leather. It is also advisable to choose a sofa in a similar shade to your dogs. Don’t overlook going down the secondhand market either if you are going to allow your dogs on the sofa.
Keep your pets clean – The final piece of the puzzle is to keep your dogs clean. You need to set up a pet grooming regime if your dog looks like he has run through an assault course every week. While you should not use pet shampoo too regularly, this does not mean you cannot wash your dog down with a pit of plain water.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can keep your home clean and tidy while you have dogs. There is no denying that this can be a challenge from time to time. Nevertheless, if you follow the advice that has been provided above, you will have a much greater chance of keeping your home nice and tidy. From buying a sensible dog bed to keeping your pet clean, follow the tips above and you are bound to notice a difference.