Sharing your life with a pet means you receive a lot of love and happiness. If it’s a warm-blooded pet you also receive a lot of hair, dander, and odor. Here are 5 ways to enjoy your pet and a clean house too.
Bathe Your Pet—Always check with your veterinarian first, but this simple chore can remove tons of loose hair and plenty of the microscopic dander as well. The less there is on your pet, the less there is to send airborne into the air and settle on furniture and floors.
Even though the thought of this may seem labor-intensive at first, it can drastically reduce the pet-related particles in your air.
Vacuum With A HEPA—This is best done with a cleaner that is sure to take and keep out what it has taken in. Using a cleaner with a HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filter is the most effective way to make this happen.
These cleaners may be initially more expensive than those without this kind of filter, but they are more likely to get rid of the particles rather than simply moving them from one place to another.
Minimize Odor—Every warm-blooded animal has a scent. And the smell will vary greatly according to the type of pooch you have. For those of us who love them, this is a non-issue and often goes unnoticed. But for those who are visiting and/or who are not pet lovers the smell can be very off-putting.
Be sure to clean the litter box frequently not only for humans but for the animals as well. Clear away inappropriate urine and feces quickly and completely. Neutralizing the spot so that it does not continue to smell is crucial. Reward and praise your animal mightily when it exercises acceptable elimination habits.
Clear The Air—Regardless of how clean you keep your home, having a pet means that you are going to have more particles and odors than a home without one. So continuously filtering particles and odors including urine odor is important.
Having a cleaner that can eliminate the pollutants and send fresh air into your home constantly means that you, your family, and friends are more likely to walk into a home that smells fresh and clean all the time.
Designate A Pet Area—This one more than any of the others has to be your call. Designating one or two room as the only rooms that your pet can be in will make cleaning easier and help your home stay neater.
Different strokes for different folks. If you really want to interact with your animal friend this probably is not going to work for you. But making some areas off-limits for your pet will keep dander, hair and odor to a minimum throughout the rest of the house.