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If you live with a dog, cat or possibly several pets, whether they are indoor or outdoor pets, it is inevitable that you will find pet hair on furniture, carpets and other home furnishings. This is especially true during the molting season, when our furry friends gradually shed their old fur. Let’s face it, no one likes to constantly stumble upon pet hair in their home.
Creating a cleaning routine
The secret of cleanliness lies not only in the continuous vacuuming of carpets or tireless dusting of furniture. It is about the conscious introduction of the cleaning routine. Regular cleaning is key, but that doesn’t mean you have to vacuum your home all the time. Create a cleaning schedule that includes vacuuming carpets, wiping down larger surfaces (such as tables), cleaning windows and mirrors, and dusting furniture and decorations. Set aside time each week to clean to prevent dirt and pet dander from building up, but don’t make to do everything at once. Clean for half an hour every other day: first vacuum the carpets, then dust the larger surfaces, then mopp up the kitchen and the hall. Cleaning mirrors and glass surfaces is less often sufficient.
Cleaning without chemicals
It is worth using a suitable cleaning agent and avoiding the use of chemicals when cleaning. Choose natural or homemade cleaning products that do not contain harmful chemicals. Lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda or even homemade scrubbing soap are good choices because they effectively clean our home without being harmful to our pets or our own health and the environment. This not only creates a cleaner home, but also provides a healthier environment for our family and pets.
Pet-friendly furniture and home furnishings
If you want to minimize the effort of cleaning your home in the long run, you should choose carpets that are resistant to dirt and easy to clean. Carpets made with Aqua Clean technology are becoming more and more popular. A thin protective layer, completely invisible to the eye, has been created on the surface of these carpets, which prevents pet hair and other dirt from penetrating deeper into the carpet fibers. As a result, hair, dust, dust mites and all other dirt simply stick to the surface of the carpet and can be easily removed with plain water, without chemicals or lengthy carpet scrubbing, in just a few minutes. Compared to their traditional counterparts, they are available in a higher price range, but are more cost-effective in the long run. What’s more, these carpets typically have a high wear resistance, which means that they are much more durable than their traditional counterparts.
Sofas, upholstered bed ends and chairs: It is also worth choosing furniture fabrics made with the aforementioned Aqua Clean technology. These furniture fabrics can be found in countless online stores, but the prices vary widely, so it is advisable to browse the range of several online stores before making a purchase. You can use these fabrics to reupholster your existing furniture or even tackle a DIY upholstery project yourself. If you don’t want to undertake such a major transformation, you can also sew furniture covers from these fabrics, which you can easily replace if you want a different color or style of furniture cover later. Fortunately, sofa and armchair covers made of such stain-resistant furniture fabric can be purchased in more and more stores.
For furniture, it is recommended to choose pieces that are easy to clean and at least somewhat resistant to scratches caused by animals. If your cat likes to sharpen its claws on the furniture, use a scratch-resistant cover or protective film on the sides of the sofa and other seating furniture. You can find these products in countless webshops or pet stores for a few dollars, so you don’t have to worry about your cat scratching the side of the sofa.
Separate feeding area
It is easier to maintain cleanliness if you train an indoor cat or dog to eat in a separate room of the house. For example, we have a cat who loves to scatter food around the room every time we put it back in its bowl. As a solution, we placed his food and water bowls in a larger, decorative cardboard box. We cut a hole in the side of the box for easy access. She got used to it in a few days and no longer scatters the remaining food around the apartment, she eats skillfully in the small “dining room”.
Maintenance of order
Using practical storage solutions can help maintain order. Place easily accessible storage containers in the living room to organize your pet’s toys. Use plastic or easy-to-clean baskets and boxes to keep the toys tidy and organized.
Make sure there is a separate sleeping area for your pets. This allows them to have their own resting area, reducing the spread of fur throughout the house. Choose a bed with a washable cover for your pet so that you can clean the bed regularly and keep it hygienic.
Cleanliness of the litter box
If you have a cat in the house, it’s important to regularly clean the litter box. To reduce unpleasant odors, sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the litter box as it helps neutralize odor-causing bacteria. Opt for a litter box with a tight lid to minimize any potential odor.
Overall, it is possible to keep our homes perfectly tidy even with pets if we establish a cleaning routine and pay attention to tidying up their toys.
By implementing these tips, you can maintain cleanliness and order in your pet-friendly home. Taking proactive measures, such as using suitable cleaning products, selecting pet-friendly furniture fabrics, and establishing designated areas for eating and sleeping, will contribute to a clean and well-organized living space. With a little effort and attention to detail, you can create a harmonious environment where both your pets and family can thrive.
Follow these tips to keep your pet-friendly home clean and tidy. The use of appropriate cleaning products, the selection of animal-friendly furniture fabrics, and the creation of designated places for animals to eat and sleep contribute to the creation of a clean and well-organized home. With a little effort and attention to detail, you can create a harmonious environment where your pets and family can both feel good.