Dogs are such wonderful creatures that can truly make the world a better place. While their puppy dog eyes and loving licks across our face can fill our hearts, cleaning after them can be a task.
Being a dog parent, you have witnessed it all. From guests covered in fur, chewed ends of furniture, and doggy footprints on the floor. But, let us assure you that having a dog-loving and clean household is possible.
The only catch? Being smart with cleaning.
If you are vigilant to apply a couple of easy and effective techniques, you will easily be able to keep your house clean even with your dogs. Wondering what are those? Read on to find out.
For every household that has indoor pets, investing in a powerful vacuum cleaner and a lint roller is an absolute must. These are the most useful appliances that you can have in your arsenal.
Try to buy the best vacuum for pet hair that can efficiently and meticulously pick up all dog hair. For this purpose, you need to be careful attention to the suction power. Make sure that the model you purchase doesn’t get clogged easily and is versatile to suit maximum surfaces. If possible, go for vacuum cleaners that have a HEPA filter system. Most of the time, vacuum cleaners also have useful accessories that can help pick up dog hair from tough to reach spaces which can really make the entire process easier.
A lint roller, on the other hand, can help you tackle upholstery, throw pillows, lampshades, and any other places where your dog usually spends most of his or her time. If you cannot find a high-quality lint roller, you can always use rubber brushes as well – they work just as well.
Potty training is an important part of being a dog parent. But, there still might be times where your dog might end up urinating in your living room or bedroom. In such cases, immediate action is what you need to take.
Quick cleaning of urine and vomit stains will help to prevent bad odor and stubborn marks. Sometimes though the uric acid from the urine may linger. For this purpose, you should use cleaning products that have enzymes in the formula. The enzymes can help to neutralize the uric acid quickly. You can also use UV lighting to find spots on your carpet or upholstery to identify leftover uric acid spots.
Before you start cleaning, don’t forget to blot the excess urine. If you don’t have any store-bought cleaning products, you can always make a quick DIY as well.
For this mixture, you will need one cup of water along with one cup of vinegar (the white kind) and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on the stained areas. This works as effectively as the store-bought products!
Try to develop a bath time for your doggo and stick to it. This is an essential step to keep them fresh and clean. It will also protect them from any infections or bad smell. But yes, you should bathe your dog without overdoing it. You see, too many baths can strip the furry coat of your dog of its natural oils. Instead, during bath time thoroughly clean the coat to remove any stuck dirt or debris. You can also use a damp towel or even specially formulated pet wipes, clean the dirty areas on your dog to loosen any dirt.
Also, regularly brush your dog’s thick coat to minimize and prevent shedding. This will also help to evenly distribute the essential oils lending a lustrous shine to the coat.
In addition to the right appliance, putting careful thought into the type of cleaning and air freshener products you buy is also important. Carefully inspect the labels and research the ingredients used to create the formula. We would personally advise you to avoid strong products like bleach and instead use something that is more environmentally friendly and economical.
Although many people prefer DIYs, before you start using any natural solutions, don’t forget to get a stamp of approval from your dog’s vet. You see, there might be some ingredients that your dog might be allergic to that you might unintentionally use in your DIY solution.
Finally, be generous whenever you are applying the cleaning and air freshener product. Not only will this save you a lot of cleaning time, but the total amount of effort put in will also be considerably reduced.
The day you get a dog, you have to immediately plan a regular cleaning schedule. For your dog, you should regularly clean his or her bed to remove any bacteria or germ build-up. This will also help to remove any excess dog hair and urine odor.
Dirty dog beds tend to harbor lots of bacteria and other kinds of disease-causing organisms. Also, if your dog tends to roam around in open spaces, there are higher chances that they will bring in their muddy feet and dirty the bedding.
You can look up ways to save time when it comes to cleaning your dog’s bedding. But, this is one task that no matter how time-consuming and effort taking it might seem, you must do. After all, wouldn’t you want the very best for your furry friend?
These are some of our recommended techniques using which you can live in a clean house with as many dogs as you want.
As you may see these tips are mostly easy; it is just that they would need a bit more effort on your part. Once you do make a point to incorporate them into your daily schedule, eventually it will become second nature to you. Here’s wishing you all the luck to having a sparkling clean and dog-loving abode!