clean home, happy pets

KEEPING YOUR HOME CLEAN WITH PETS

11/05/13

We love our pets, but let’s face it, they can be messy! When you have pets, finding ways of staying on top of fur, dander and dirt is important. Not only does it feel good to live in a clean environment, it’s also important for your health—especially if you live with children or entertain guests with allergies or asthma.

Throws and Blankets

Using washable blankets in areas where your cat or dog is likely to spend time will help eliminate germs and odour if washed regularly. In addition, the throws will help protect your furniture upholstery. Just remove the throw or blanket before company arrives and your couch will be fresh and clean.  

Green Products

Many cleaners can be toxic to cats and dogs. Look for products that are pet-safe and consider spending a little extra on green cleaners. That way, areas that are accessible to your animals will be clean and germ free, but won’t make them sick from harsh chemicals.

Litter boxes

Keeping your cat’s litter box clean will keep them and you happy. Feces should be scooped out of the litter box daily. Depending on the type of litter you use, you may need to replace the litter every other day or once a week. Ensure you scrub the litter box every time you change the litter with a mild detergent.

Vacuuming

Depending on how much your pet sheds, try to vacuum all your carpeted and fabric covered areas at least once a week, if not every couple of days. Vacuuming with a pet-friendly vacuum can help rid your home of germs and dander an ordinary machine may not pick up. By cleaning on a regular basis, you’re protecting them and the rest of your family from illness and disease.

Hard Surfaces

Areas such as toilet seats, chairs and tables are prime spots for germs, dirt and slobber. Even areas that may seem out of reach to your pet need regular care. Daily maintenance with a pet-safe cleaning product can eliminate those invisible germs. If you have the time, try to do a thorough cleaning of all hard surfaces at least twice a week. Counters and tables should be cleaned before and after each use.

Beds, Sheets and Pillows

Whether or not your pet sleeps in your bed, germs and fur can spread to your bedroom. No matter what your sleeping arrangement, changing your sheets and pillow cases weekly is a good habit to get into. Washing your bedding often not only eliminates dirt, it can help reduce allergens too.

As a pet owner, a clean house is a healthy and happy house!