January 24, 2020

Pet Messes & Easy Ways to Clean Them

Our furry, four-legged friends are part of our families, but they can sometimes cause messes that need to be maintained and cleaned to avoid lingering odors or too much pet hair around the house. With regular cleaning, our homes can look and smell fresh even with our furry buddies!

Pet Hair

Pet hair is one the messiest things to deal with when you have furry animals in the house. Thankfully, there are several ways to keep this problem at bay.
  • Give your pets a good brush, so you tackle the problem before it gets heavy.
  • Use a vacuum with a roller brush attachment to vacuum rugs with pet hair.
  • A damp rubber glove can clean up hairy messes in a flash.
  • A lint roller works

Pet Urine Odors and Stains

Pets can have accidents on upholstered furniture carpets and any other area in the home. Pet urine can leave your home and furniture smelling awful if left untreated. The first defense is blotting the area that has urine on it. The longer the stain sits, it will start to form bacteria and cause a greater odor. Here are some remedies to cut the stink:
  • Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners. Urine already has ammonia in it and adding more ammonia-based cleaners will intensify the odor.
  • Avoid using bleach products. Bleach is a disinfectant and will not get rid of the odor. Plus, bleach is harmful to your pets.
  • Use an enzymatic cleaner that will break the bacteria up in the urine.
  • Use a carpet extractor to get the carpets deep cleaned.
Enzymatic Cleaner Will Break The Bacteria

Stinky Upholstery

Just as we like to lounge on our comfy sofas, some pets like to lounge and get comfortable on upholstered furniture too. With time, your furniture can smell like your four-legged friends. To eliminate furniture smells, vacuum furniture often. Sprinkle your furniture with baking soda and let sit overnight. The baking soda will soak up the odor. Vacuum the baking soda. This solution will also work to deodorize pet beds.

Dirty Paws

Some pet owners put pet booties on their pet’s feet to avoid trekking in the dirt and mud indoors. If this is not an option for your pet, be sure to wipe your pet’s feet after they come back inside. If your floors end up with dirt and mud, vacuum and then spray your floors with an all-purpose floor cleaner and mop the floors.
Pet messes are inevitable when you have pets in your home. Instead of getting annoyed with them, have solutions in place in case you have odors, stains or messes that you need to clean up. Designate a place in your home for pet cleaning solutions, so they are ready when you need them. And as always tackle the mess before it becomes a bigger problem!

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