Having pets is a real pleasure, but their presence creates a number of constraints!
So, how can you enjoy your pets without giving up the comfort of a clean home?
Indeed, no matter how much you rave about a little kitten or a cute dog, pets are generally very good at making a mess in a well-organized house.
These 10 tips for keeping a clean house with pets will certainly help!
1- Avoid carpets
Carpets are difficult to clean.
As luck would have it, it is also a place where animals love to settle and leave their smells or little surprises …
In addition, carpets often contain plastic, which makes them very sensitive to the absorption of odours.
It is therefore best to get rid of carpets completely in rooms where your pets spend time, and instead keep the floor or tile floor easy to clean!
2- Brushing and washing
The biggest cleanliness problem often encountered by dog or cat owners is hair loss.
Animals shed their hair everywhere and leave it stuck on the floor and on all textiles.
In order to limit this problem, wash your pets regularly and get into the habit of brushing them every day (if possible outdoors) in order to recover all the hair on the brush!
3- Protect the floor
Use old towels or used sheets to create a resting place for your pet.
Not only will this teach your pet to sleep only where these sheets are, but it will then be very easy for you to shake the fabrics daily to remove hair and machine wash them regularly to eliminate unpleasant odours.
Between the hairs, the dirt brought back by the dirty paws and all the little dirt that clings to the fur of our animal friends, it is often the cleanliness of the soil that takes a blow.
In order to keep a house clean, the best thing to do is to get a good vacuum cleaner and use it several times a week!
5- Watch out for paws
After the walk, the dogs’ paws can come back very dirty, whatever the weather.
Get into the habit of preparing a bowl of water and a dry cloth near the door.
On the way home, dip each of the dog’s paws in the bowl and then wipe them with the cloth before letting him into the house!
6- Maintaining the claws
Claws can do a lot of damage!
For dogs, they require regular maintenance so that you don’t end up with completely scratched floors.
For cats, you or your veterinarian can also file the claws regularly, but you can also think about installing a scratching post so that the cat can scratch itself naturally!
7- Use a set under the bowl
We do use placemats on our tables, why not on those of the animals?
Place a set under the bowl so you can quickly clean up any small splashes or crumbs around the bowl.
Also, you can find really nice sets in stores that will bring an extra touch to your kitchen decoration!
8- Setting limits
Don’t be afraid to set limits, especially if you have more than one pet at home.
Not all rooms need to be accessible to our four-legged friends, otherwise the housework will never end!
Limit their playground to one or two rooms to keep the mess and odours down!
9- Clean the air
The danger with animals is that it is possible to get used very quickly to the little bad smells they emit.
In order not to live unconsciously in a house that doesn’t necessarily smell very nice, circulate the air as much as possible by airing it out, using air fresheners or scented candles!
10- Buy machine-washable textiles
Cats and dogs alike love to be comfortable and get into chairs and sofas. In addition, the fabrics absorb a lot of odours!
Whether for cushions, tablecloths, curtains, chair covers, … always choose machine washable fabrics.
This will save you a lot of time and keep your living room smelling fresh!