Pets are cool to play with and cute to look at as they cheerfully live their lives. However they do come with extra house cleaning tasks. Especially if you're going through a potty training phase or your pet is older and is no long able to avoid 'little accidents'.
In this article you will learn how to deal with pet hair, stains and the odors.
While we adore our furry friends, pet hair is a problem if they are constantly shedding in the house. And no one wants to be seen picking cat hair out of the chip dip as company is arriving!
Here are a few tips to help you battle against your home becoming the "pet hair museum" (hair being on permanent display!)
Use a dust mop on floors - every day. Get into a routine of running the mop over the floor at a certain time of day, such as right before leaving for work, or just before bed.
Static electricity will build up on the fibers of the mop, and bring the hair with it. Collect the hair into one location, shaking the mop occasionally to let it drop into a pile. Then use a damp paper towel to wipe it all up.
Vacuum carpets at least once a week - more often if you have multiple pets. It is important to have a vacuum with a hose and attachments to get into corners and along the baseboard. The hose is also great for doing carpeted stairs.
For furniture, vacuum at least twice per month (again, it may be necessary to do it more often if you have multiple pets.) This is especially important if you allow them up on the furniture. Consider training your furry friends to stay off, and you will have a lot less to vacuum.
For minor touch-ups on a variety of surfaces, including fabrics, look for special sponges that will pick up hair using static electricity. The sponges can be found in pet stores, as well as in the cleaning section of hardware and big-box stores.
In the laundry, use dryer sheets to eliminate static cling in the dryer, which will free the pet hair from clothes and bedding, and allow it to be caught in the lint trap. Aside from the act of cleaning, your ultimate weapon is an ounce of prevention...
Brush your pet regularly. Not only will you be gathering the hair before it hits the floor or furniture, you will be giving your pet quality attention, which can translate to a healthier pet and thereby a healthier coat and less shedding.
If your pet experiences separation anxiety every time you leave the house, he may be shedding more as a result. Brushing can help reduce your pet's stress load.
Lastly, providing your pet with a very healthful diet will decrease the amount of shedding happening. Choose a trusted name brand over generic; the higher price reflects the amount of research and care that went into the formula in order to provide your pet with proper nutrition.
As a pet lover, you know you can't live without them - but you also don't have to live in a hair museum!
When you are in the process of house training your pet - you might steel yourself for the pet stains to come. The key to getting out the stain is to get to it very quickly. Yes you need a quick plan of attack.
Do you have pets and carpets in your home? If your answer is yes - then to make your pet stain removal a lot easier - get rid of one. Pet or carpet...
I'm joking! :-) see.
If you have pets and carpet in your home, you will want to make sure that you protect your carpet with some form of scotch guarding. This will help to repel the pet stains when they first happen.
You can purchase your carpet with this protection on it or you can have it added later. Some times you can hire a company to come in and do the scotch guarding or you can do it yourself.
If your carpet has this protective coating on it, you will have a little extra time to get the stain out of the carpet with a cleaner.
However there is going to be the occasional accident that you do not get to in time. For these times, it is important to use the right cleaners so that you are not dealing with a terrible stain later on.
You can find many great cleaners in the store that you can use on your carpets.
If you do not want to use these harsh chemicals on your carpet, you can use your own little mixtures to take care of the problem.
You can try vinegar to help with pet stain removal. This sometimes works best with some baking soda. You can apply some of the baking soda onto the stain and then pour a little bit of vinegar.
This will form a bubbling solution, which will help lift the stain and get it out of the carpet. Let the solution do its work - then you can use hot water to get it out. This will usually help to take out the entire stain and you will not have to do much work at all.
It is always a good idea to try and have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. This will help to keep your carpets looking their best by getting out the everyday dirt as well as the bigger and more noticeable stains.
When your pet has an accident on your carpets, you will want to find something that will do a great job in getting the stain out as well as removing the nasty odor that goes along with it.
Of course there are other pet accidents that can leave odor on your carpets like vomit and feces. These may also produce terrible smells along with a hard to get out stain on the carpet.
There are a lot of different products that you can find in the cleaning aisle along with the pet aisle in the stores. You will notice that they are going to do best on different types of stains.
There may be some products that will work on any kind of pet stain or odor. You will want to make sure that you are getting the right cleaner for the problem.
The next step is to make sure that you are cleaning the carpet way down to the padding. If the pet smell is in the padding, chances are you will not get the smell to go away. You will want to get deep down so that the entire odor is being removed.
The key to getting the pet smell out of your carpets is to extract all of the water from the carpets and padding once they are cleaned.
You want to make sure that you are getting down to the bottom of the pad to suck out all of the excess water. This water is mixed with the pet smells that are causing the bad odor in your carpets. Once you do this, you should be fine.
However there are certain cases, where you must remove the padding underneath in order to completely remove the odor.
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