If you have an indoor pet, then keeping your home clean can become a bit more of a challenge for you. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to ensure that you stay on top of all that dog hair and other debris so that your home is always at its cleanest.
Dealing With Dog Hair
You will notice that dog hair on everything is one of the biggest problems with your indoor pup. To reduce it, try using a sheet, old towel or mat where the dog rests so that it will collect the hair. Before washing, shake it outside.
For your floors, you will need to invest in a good vacuum for pet hair removal and use it several times each week. For hard floors, try using a mop since it won't blow around the hair.
For your furniture, you can also use the vacuum. Or, try a good tape roller or lint roller. The roller can also be used on your clothing so that is free of pet hair when you leave home.
When your pet comes back into the home after being outside, those little paws are dirty and can track all sorts of debris on your carpets, floors and furniture. To prevent this from happening, you need to clean those paws when he comes back inside. If you keep a towel and some water by the door, you can dip the paws in the water and then dry them off before letting the pup run around the house.
Don't Let Stains Sit
With an indoor pet, you have the risk of pet stains on your floors and your furniture. When dog urine gets left on carpet, it can change the color of the carpet for good. If you have solid residue, a dull knife can be used to remove it. If the stains you find are fresh, just blot them with a clean, white cloth. Once all the stain moisture is absorbed, apply a solution of 1/4 teaspoon clear dishwashing liquid mixed with one cup tepid water to the area. You will want to blot it clean with another dry cloth. Alternate back and forth until the stain is gone. If you cannot remove the stain or the odor, then you will need to call a professional.
For the best results at keeping furniture clean with an indoor pet, choose pieces that will not accumulate pet hair or absorb smells and stains. If you have the furniture before you get the pet, then use an old towel or sheet on the furniture so that the pet will not be directly on any furniture. You can also use a good pet vacuum to remove pet hair from the sofa and chairs.
With these tips, you should be able to maintain the basics of keeping your home clean with an indoor pet.
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