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If you’re lucky enough to own a pet, you’ll know that just as much as you love spending time with them, you loathe cleaning up after them. From muddy paw prints across your newly mopped floor to clumps of hair stuck in your sofa – it can be a total nightmare to keep on top of!
So, in honour of National Pet Month, we’ve compiled some of our top tips to both prevent mess from, and tidy up after your furry friend.
Groom your pet on a regular basis.
You know what they say, prevention is the best cure. So make sure you’re combing your pet at least two to three times a week to reduce the amount of hair your pet sheds around the house. Bye bye strays!
Animals are made to naturally regenerate oils to clean themselves. However, it’s also a good idea to bathe your pets once a month to prevent any unwanted smells, bacteria or fleas.
Fight the furniture stink
A study shows that pillowcases and TV screens of dog-owning families had 42% and 52% more microbial groups than that of non dog owning families – that’s a lot of bacteria!
To lift unwanted smells from your sofa, sprinkle baking soda on it and leave for 15 minutes before vacuuming up any excess.
Say no to pee stains
If you’re still toilet training your pup you’ll want to make sure any accidents don’t become permanent stains.
Use a mix of 1 cup water and 1/8 tbsp dish soap and blot the mess with a clean cloth. Wash out the soap by dabbing it with 1 tbsp of white vinegar, mixed with a cup of water.
Find hidden Smells
Have you ever been in the position where your pet has left you a lovely surprise but you can’t figure out where the smell is coming from?
Our trick is to use a UV black light on your carpet; it will reveal the dreaded mess in minutes, giving you plenty of time to clean up before it stains!
It can be tempting to go straight in and start scrubbing when your pet runs through a nice cream carpet. However, letting muddy paw prints dry and then vacuuming away the dried parts is more effective.
You can then blot away any remains with a dash of washing up liquid mixed with warm water.
Don’t forget to clean their beds
A pet’s bed can quickly become a dirt trap. Full of hairs, dried mud, crumbs and who knows what else!
Shake the bed outdoors regularly to get rid of hairs and cover their bedding with washable blankets to protect the bed, minimising the amount of dirt and odour on there.
Clean your pet’s toys.
You’d be surprised how filthy your dogs toy box can get – saliva galore! Check on soft toy labels if they are machine washable; if so, wash on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and allow to air dry.
Do you have any tips for cleaning up after your beloved pets? If so, let us know in the comments below.