How to Keep Your Floors Clean When You Have Pets
One of the downsides of having a pet is that, unfortunately, they can be messy! This is often particularly the case if they’ve been outdoors or have just returned from a walk. Muddy paw prints, spilt pet food, pet odours and hair – sometimes it can seem like your furry friend is always making a mess wherever they go!
The good news is that it’s possible to be a pet-lover household without smelling or looking like one. Just follow these easy tips to keep your floors clean with pets and have your house smelling and looking fresh every day.
1. Keep your pet clean
The first step in preventing muddy or dirty floors is to keep your pets clean. It may seem a little obvious, but it’s the first defence against a messy household caused by pets. Maintain your pet’s grooming routine by regularly brushing them, as this will get rid of loose dirt. Booking them in for a wash every couple of months is also a great way of keeping them clean and odour-free. Depending on the breed of dog or cat, they may be more prone to shedding. So regularly brushing and grooming will help with excess fur loss – and cleaner floors!
Another tip is to quickly wipe down your pet’s paws before they enter the house after they’ve been outside. For speed and ease, simply have an old rag or piece of fabric handy by the front door for quick wipe-offs. Another tip to keeping floors clean from a muddy pet is by placing a doormat at the back door to catch any dirt residue before they walk into the house.
2. Invest in a robotic vacuum cleaner
Having pets means constant fur shedding. Unless you have a non-shedding pet, you’re bound to end up with pet hairs all over the floor – especially if you have an indoor cat or dog. It’s safe to say that most of us haven’t got the time to vacuum constantly, so a good way to suck up fur from floors in between vacuum times is by using a robotic vacuum cleaner. You can leave it running throughout the day and come back to a house that’s free of fur and lint. Most models are even pre-programmable so that you can set which times you want the cleaner to run.
3. Have a designated pet area
A great way of containing pet fur and mess in the house is by maintaining a designated pet area. Keeping pets to this one area while they’re inside helps keep mess confined and prevents dirt from getting on the flooring throughout the house. If you have a hard floor area, keeping pets here instead of carpeted areas will make it easier to clean up afterwards. Otherwise, if you really need your pet with you on the couch, invest in a large throw rug specifically for your pet. Lay it over the couch and surrounding carpet so that any fur and dirt will be collected on the rug and not on the floor.
4. Use a quality floor cleaner
Adopting a quick, daily floor-cleaning routine will help keep any pet mess and odours at bay. Using a high-quality floor cleaner will make the job easier by dissolving and wiping away all types of dirt and grime.
Bio-home Floor Cleaner is a non-toxic cleaner, making it safe for use on a variety of surfaces. The pleasant fragrance will also help with making your rooms smell fresh, leaving the surfaces of your home clean. What’s best is the quick-drying formula – perfect for when you have an energetic pet running around!
5. Fight pet odours
Persistent pet smells and odours are all part of having a pet. No matter how clean your home is on the surface, lingering pet odours can make your home smell and feel unclean.
To get rid of the smell of your pet’s urine, you can use an enzyme-based cleaner specifically designed to target pet urine. Another natural way to fight odours is by sprinkling baking soda over carpets and letting it sit overnight to absorb any bad smells. Simply vacuum the next day to reveal clean, fresh smelling carpet. Another way to use baking soda is by leaving an unopened box of it inside the cupboard where you store your pet’s toys and treats. This trick will also help to mask that strong pet smell.
6. Use a pet-friendly cleaning product
Having a pet may be messy, but they are part of the family! So, there’s no need to prevent them from being in the house. Simply follow the above tips and also invest in pet-friendly cleaning products to keep your floors clean with pets. Bio-home’s cleaning products are 100% plant-based, toxic-free, and safe to use around pets as well as the entire family.