We all love our four-legged friends. They give us their undivided love. However, they are no strangers to making a mess either. Even the most well-beh
We all love our four-legged friends. They give us their undivided love. However, they are no strangers to making a mess either. Even the most well-behaved doggie tends to leave a lot of hair around, creating a mess for their homeowners to clean.
And don’t even get us started with all the dirt your dog brings from the outside and all the food they scatter all over the place, except for their bowl. It’s true – cleaning after a pet is a serious chore.
But we love them, which is why we gladly tolerate any mess they make. Still, cleaning doesn’t have to be that difficult. We spoke to the experts at White Lilac Cleaning who shared a few pieces of cleaning advice any pet owner can use.
Use A Rubber Glove
Is your furniture a magnet for dog hair? A lot of fabrics naturally attract all the hair your dog shares. Sometimes that hair can be a nightmare to clean. Fortunately, there’s a simple trick: use a rubber glove. As you move the glove over the surface, the static electricity will do its magic and attract all the fur, effectively cleaning your furniture. Pick up any leftover hairs with a lint roller and your furniture will be as good as new.
Use A Vacuum To Groom
A vacuum is a powerful ally when cleaning your home, but it can also be useful for grooming your pets. Most modern vacuums such as the ones produced by Dyson have a special attachment designed for grooming. The vacuum will easily pull the fur off your pet and onto the attachment. That way you can remove it easily and your dog gets to enjoy an interesting brushing experience (unless he’s afraid of the vacuum).
Clean Their Paws Outside
The best way to clean the dirt from the outside is to prevent it from ever happening. Train your dog to stop at the door while you clean their paws before letting them into your home. Always have an emergency cleaning kit outside that includes a clean and a wet rag, a pair of scissors or any other tools you use to clean your pet after a field trip outside.
If you have a long-haired dog breed as a pet, keeping the hair on their paws shorter can help prevent large buildups of dirt from clinging on to them. If that doesn’t help, you can look up some affordable puppy mittens which you can easily remove and clean, keeping your home spotless.
Use a Placemat
If your dog has trouble keeping all his food in the bowl, consider placing a placemat under his bowl. This way all the excess food will end up on the placemat, not your hardwood floor or carpet. Choose an easy to clean material for the placemat, such as vinyl. You can also use disposable placemats made from recycled paper.
Give Your Dog Frequent Baths
Nothing beats a good, long bath. A bath will help you remove all the dirt, fur, odour and dander from your pet like nothing else. There are many organic dog cleaning products such as shampoos that are completely harmless to your pets. If your dog is active and enjoys frequent trips outside, you should give them a long bath at least twice a month.