Today let’s talk a little about keeping your house clean with pets. Okay, okay this is not the fun thing to always talk about, but I’m sure it’s a daily struggle for all of us pet owners. Constant shedding from almost every sort of dog and cat is bound to happen. In the day you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home you know the job of keeping up following them is there.
Living in city and a lawn that wasn’t fenced in I knew I was not going to have an outdoor dog. She was indoor and had free reign with most of the home, apart from the spare bedrooms. I watched her like a hawk when I brought her home and for the first two days I was fairly good at reading her signs as to when she needed to go out. But I was not always fast enough. There were the few mishaps that of course I was pretty diligent at cleaning up right away and also make sure to spray on the carpet or wood to deter her from going there again.
As the days, weeks and months go by your puppy will be getting better at letting you know when they should go out and just about the time you think you have a handle on it, BAM… the poor thing gets ill. Either with a new food change or something which is causing your poor pet digestive issues, you now have another clean up situation. Whether that means a rug spray or hardwood cleaning or it entails the entire body suit clothes pin on the nose and rubber gloves to your elbows, then it’s gotta get cleaned up. Then there is the odor to contend with.
Finding the solution to work on your home to control the smell and cleaning can be difficult. Here are some things I do that seem to help a lot.
Wherever the scene of the crime is I start with spot scrubbing.
Baking Soda. When it’s my carpet I begin by sprinkling around the region and if the smell is still pretty bad I allow the container in the area to absorb the smell. This also works wonders in kitty litter boxes. When I change them I scatter it in the bottom of their litter box and on the ground under the box. Baking soda and vinegar water is a perfect stain remover when steam cleaning and scrubbing your carpeting.
Grooming and bathing your dog.
Oh yes the difference that makes in the smell of my home is amazing! Especially as I was dealing with an allergy which made her skin have a terrible odor. Grooming was essential for my dog with allergies.
I attempt to keep up with my vacuuming. I don’t always do it every day but I try to. I also use baking soda before I vacuum and let it sit in the carpet about a half hour before running the sweeper.
Odor control room spray.
This one is a major one. I always have a spray bottle of odor control spray to help freshen up the house especially before any visitors come.
Cleaning can be a challenging task as a pet owner but we could never trade that for all the affection and love we get from our loving furry friends.