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5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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We know how much you love your furry family members, and how much they make your apartment feel like home. While caring for your pet will provide you with a host of good health benefits, their coats, nails and lifestyle will require more cleaning and care at home.

Before you resign yourself to a life of neverending cat hair or spots on your furniture or carpet, consider making small changes to your daily and weekly cleaning habits. You can keep your home tidy, neat and clean of odors, stains and pet hair by following a few simple cleaning steps throughout the week.

Here are 5 cleaning tips for pet owners that we know will help both you and your four-legged family members to feel cozy and comfortable at home.

Vacuum, Sweep, Swiffer, Repeat
Believe it or not, running your vacuum and swiffer throughout your home at least twice a week will go a long way to keep pet hair, dander and dirt tracked in on paws, out of your home. Plan to clean your floors midweek and on the weekends to regularly keep your floors free of scuzz that will cling to your socks, feet and anywhere else your feet go at home.

Cover Furniture
If Fido or Furball have a usual spot where they like to sunbathe or sleep, buy a cover or use a towel or blanket to keep it properly covered. if you know your pup or cat likes to spread out on your couch or chair, plan to buy an inexpensive cover to keep on it full time, so you can remove and wash whenver hair, dust and dirt accumulate. You'll save your furniture, and keep from having to regularly shampoo and vacuum crevices in upholstery.

Store Wires and Cleaning Products Out of Reach
If your pet likes to chew on wires, then make sure to keep them out of reach and out of the way. Chewing wires is dangerous for your pet and harmful to your equipment, so keep those wires neatly tucked away and out of site. The same goes for cleaning products and toxic chemicals like nail polish, medicine, detergent or bleach. Keep your pet safe and healthy, and keep your cleaning products tidy and locked away in an out of reach location.

Clean Beds and Paws
Your dog loves his bed, but over time, it will begin to smell, and that means your apartment will begin to smell. Plan to wash your dog's bed once a week to keep the odor away, and use a fragrance free detergent that won't produce more smells or irritate his skin or coat. If you regularly take your pup outside for walks, jogs or hikes, make sure to keep a towel beside the door to wipe down paws and legs upon entry. This will go a long way to keep dirt and debris from making its way indoors.

Urine Stains and Smells
Unfortunately, there are times when our pets can have accidents inside, but it doesn't have to mean the end of clean or fresh rugs or upholstery. You can quickly get urine stains and smells out of your carpet or upholstery with white vinegar, salt and baking soda, and you won't have to worry about having harsh chemicals around your pet. You can also ask your vet for safe, natural, ready-made products that help take smells and stains out of upholstery and carpeting. 

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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