Sharing a home with your pet can be a wonderful thing and bring you two even closer together.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your home should smell like a dog house.
To prevent that, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for keeping your furniture and carpets free of pet hair and odor.
Keep your pet clean
This goes without saying, but the best way to keep your house clean with pets around is to clean your pet itself.
Even though pet shampoo should not be used often, a quick plain water wash will make a significant difference. Just make sure to thoroughly dry your pet afterwards to avoid any unpleasant odors.
You should also brush your pets often, depending on the breed. You’d be surprised how much trouble brushing your pet for 5 minutes each day can save you. This will also make your pets look and smell better as regular brushing gets rid of flaky skin and distributes natural oils throughout the skin. Additionally, most pets love being brushed so this is a great way to spend some quality time with them.
Don’t forget the paws as well. After a quick play session in the backyard or a walk, your pet’s paws get really dirty. This can be easily solved by placing mats at the inside and outside of every door, or by cleaning their paws yourself by using pet wipes.
Be strategic when choosing carpets and furniture
The wrong materials can make maintaining and cleaning even more difficult.
When choosing your sofa, look for tightly woven materials or leather. If that’s not an option for you, make sure to place some blankets to keep the hair and odors off the upholstery.
You also need to determine the type of fabric so you know how to properly clean it. You can check this on the tag on the sofa.
As for the carpets, placing runners and area rugs can protect them from any damage or accidental urination. Smaller rugs act as dirt catchers and can easily be washed in the washing machine.
Buy a quality vacuum cleaner
Buying a quality vacuum cleaner, such as the pet appropriate GTech power floor vacuum, can make a world of difference in keeping your home clean and fresh.
You need to look for a lightweight vacuum with powerful suction and a powered brushed bar to pick up all those stubborn pet hair. The GTech power floor vacuum ticks all those boxes.
This video is a good review of it:
If your pets shed a lot, you need to vacuum daily so you can keep on top of things. You also need to clean the filter regularly as hair and dirt might get stuck there and spread an unpleasant smell.
When vacuuming your sofa, make sure to vacuum all the crevices and the area beneath the cushions. If possible, try to flip your sofa and vacuum the underside as well. A lot of pet hair can get stuck down there and add to the odor problem.
Use common household items
Baking soda is a must have for every pet household. It’s a quick and effective way to get rid of pet odors.
Simply sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet, leave it there for a couple of hours, and then vacuum it. The room will immediately smell much better.
You can also make your own air freshener by mixing 50 grams of baking soda with water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use and spray around the house. The baking soda will absorb all the odor in no time. For an even better solution, add a couple of drops of an essential oil of your choice.
Aside from baking soda, you can also use vinegar. Combine white vinegar and water in 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle, and spray around the house. As the vinegar smell fades, so will the pet odor.
Vinegar can also be used to remove pet stains. Mix 1 liter of warm water with 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Use paper towels to absorb the stain, and then spray with the mixture. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and absorb it again with paper towels. Repeat until stain is removed.
Note: when applying homemade cleaning solutions to your carpet or furniture, always test them by applying a small amount on an out of sight area first.
An extra precautionary tip is to put a fabric softener sheet in a paper envelope and place it under the sofa cushions. This will prevent the pet odor from spreading throughout the whole house.
Choose an appropriate pet bed
Don’t let fluffy lining and beautiful designs get in the way of convenience. Choose a bed made of water resistant material that’s easy to wipe and clean. Vacuum your pet bed once a week, wipe it clean, and let it out in the air for a few hours.
Air your house
One of the best ways to remove the bad pet odors is to let some fresh air in. A quick 10 minute airing in the morning will work wonders at keeping your house fresh.
In summary, letting your dog enjoy indoor life while keeping your sofa and carpets clean is not as hard as you think. The key here is consistency. Applying these simple solutions and preventive measures regularly will keep your house clean and your pets happy.