We’ve talked about cleaning up after your kids, but what about the ‘other kids’ – your pets. Those little fur balls we love so much but create so much mess, often resulting in more disorder and chaos than our children! Understanding how to clean up any mess they leave behind can be crucial for those with soft floorings like carpet.
Cleaning up pet hair
Your furry friends will shed everywhere, even if they have a short coat. If you have carpets, keeping them clean from fur can be hard, but it isn’t impossible. While vacuuming will help with lighter pet dander and superficial shedding, to ensure you get it all, as well as dust mites and dirt inside the fibres, you will need to get a good vacuum with a beater brush or brush roll attachment. For furniture, lint rollers will usually work well. Hard flooring tends to be the easiest to keep clean of pet hair. A simple vacuum or sweep with a thick brush will generally do the trick!
Removing spills and stains
Pets and carpet aren’t always a good match, but luckily, if something does stain it, there are a few ways to clean it up. For fresh urine, blot with cold water and use a mixture of 1 teaspoon mild laundry detergent and 1 teaspoon white vinegar in a 1L bucket of water to clean the area. Then rinse off with warm water and blot until dry. For dry urine, simply skip the first step. For other less sanitary bowel movements, start by using the same cleaning mixture for urine, then blot with a clear household disinfectant and finish by rinsing and blotting dry. For hard flooring, cleaning spills and stains tends to be a little more straight forward. After cleaning the mess up whether it is a liquid or heavier form, simply mop the area with a household disinfectant to alleviate the odour and ensure the area is spotless again.
Getting rid of odours
Pets aren’t too worried about how they smell – but you might be! To keep the wet dog smell away from your carpet and furnishings, or to remove urine odours and stop your pets reoffending, invest in a product that will remove odours. These are available at pet shops, but you can also make your own at home with baking soda or eucalyptus oil. Use it straight in litter trays or mix a few tablespoons with 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and spray the soiled areas after you have cleaned them.
Prevention is the best cure
While it may not always be possible to stop your pets from making a mess, it can still be helpful to have measures in place for prevention. Training is first and foremost the best way to do this. You may have already trained your dog, but if not, potty training and scheduling bathroom breaks can help. For cats, ensure the litter box is large and cleaned often. If you have an indoor dog, keeping their bed in a room with hard flooring will make any mess they may leave easier to clean in the morning.