Wednesday July 3, 2019
Summer is in full swing, which also means it’s time for a little seasonal cleaning. While you and your pet may have been snuggled up insider during winter snow storms and spring showers, dirt and other unwanted particles may have made themselves comfy in your home as well. And after a long staycation, it’s likely that both your pet and your home are due for a deep clean. Summer cleaning can be challenging, and there’s even more to pay attention to when you have a pet. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we’ve listed out a few cleaning essentials for pet owners!
Promote Quality Indoor Air
Now that it’s summer, try to keep the windows open and generate good air flow within your home as much as possible, when weather permits. Good indoor air quality is important for both you and your pet, and circulating fresh air can quickly reduce pollutants, dog hair, and odors from building up in your home. Indoor plants are also a great way to promote healthier air quality and remove pollutants and dust build up within your home.
Invest in Quality Odor and Stain Remover
If you’re a pet owner, it’s very possible that your pet has had an accident or two, or three… on your carpet, mattress, or furniture. Proper clean up starts with proper supplies. If there is a questionable pet stain within your home, reliable cleaning products are a must this spring. You may already have a “multi-purpose” detergent handy, however Harriet Jones, a London deep-cleaning professional, explains that the issue with using this sort of product to remove the smell of pet pee or other pet stains is that it’s not designed to eliminate odors. While this cleaning product has antibacterial products, it still won’t break down the chemical compounds that cause the smell in the first place. The best way to get rid of dog odors and stains for good, is to invest in an enzyme cleaner. When you use an enzyme-based product against the dog pee smell, the solution will breakdown the potent chemicals, into two separate chemicals — carbon dioxide and ammonia, and they will each evaporate into the air. However, enzymes need time to breakdown, so it’s best to apply the cleaner on the stain and let it air-dry.
Deep Clean Carpet & Furniture
Couches and carpets are a little more difficult to get clean, given that you can’t just throw them in the wash! However, we suggest taking the time to do some serious carpet and furniture cleaning this season — because it’s very likely that’s where your pet spends the majority of its time. A decent vacuum can go a long way when you have pets, and there are several that are designed specifically to remove and handle pet hair. Most of these will also have removable, and hand-held pieces, to tackle hard to reach places, in between furniture cracks, or under beds. Pets and pet hair can carry a lot of bacteria, so make sure that you’re making vacuuming and furniture cleaning a priority, as dirty fabrics and carpets can lead to a range of health issues. It can become a serious problem for those who live in the house or for guests, especially if anyone has allergies or asthma.
Eliminate Dirt At the Door
If you and your pet have been spending time outdoors this summer, and you’re tired of cleaning the mud and dirt they’ve probably tracked inside, there are a few methods to stop dirt at the door. One easy way to prevent dirt from entering your home is with doormats. Also, keeping a cleaning rag by the door, baby wipes to wipe paws, or placing a low bucket of water by the front door for a quick paw wash, are all great preventative tricks, this way you don’t have to worry about cleaning up later.
Deep Clean Pet Belongings
Now that you’ve cleaned various areas of your home, make sure you don’t overlook cleaning pet belongings. Hand washing pet collars, leashes, and toys with non-toxic, and pet friendly soaps/detergents are important as they can all attract bacteria, dirt, or other unwanted particles. Washing dog beds (most have removable covers) and blankets are critical too as they may carry bacteria and hold on to pet odors.