Keeping your house looking and smelling great when you have pets can be a nightmare. Whether you’ve recently decided on extending your family with a new puppy or kitten, or if your old four-legged friend has just been having a few accidents recently, keeping that dreaded pet odour out can be difficult. Here are a few handy hints and tips to keep your home in tip-top condition.
1) Deep Clean.
It’s even more important to give your carpets a regular deep clean if you share your home with pets. Invest in a steam cleaner or a carpet cleaner and give your whole home the once-over at least once a week. A deep-cleanse will not only keep the carpets smelling fresh, but it will also help fight the bacteria that pets inevitably bring. Regular steam-cleaning will also keep your chances of flea infestations to a minimum.
2) Fragranced Cleaners.
As well as a regular deep clean, your home will also benefit from fragranced cleaning products. Try sprinkling a odour-absorbing powder over your carpets and rugs before vacuuming to freshen up your house. Alternatively, if you prefer a more natural approach, leave a coat of baking soda on your carpets for thirty minutes before vacuuming it away. This will help remove any odours without leaving any artificial scents behind.
Room sprays, air fresheners and odour eliminating sprays are also a must for getting rid of those doggy smells. Again, if artificial scents aren’t for you, or if you’re asthmatic, try an odour-eliminating spray over an air freshener.
If your pets are prone to shedding fur it will be worth investing some money into moulting-specific products. Your pet should be washed and brushed regularly to cut-down on pesky hair loss, but for those animals with thick fur there are many products available to keep your carpets and floors clean. Look into attachments that are available for your vacuum that are made specifically for picking up pet hair to cut down on the time it takes to get your carpets clean. Alternatively, for small or hard-to-reach areas such as the stairs, invest in a magnet brush, designed to lift pet hair from the fibres in your carpets.
4) Urine-Destroying Products.
Even the most well-trained pets can have the occasional accident, but after your cat or dog has had one accident, they’re likely to repeatedly offend in the same spot. To minimise the risk of this happening have a look at products designed specifically for pet urine. You’re more likely to find these at a pet store than your local supermarket, and the price tag may be a little more than what you’re used to spending on cleaning products, but the majority of these products do exactly what they say on the tin. They work to break down and destroy urine deep in the fibres of your carpet, eliminating odour as well as bacteria. Urine destroyers work quickly and efficiently to remove any trace of urine so that more often than not, your pet will forget that that corner of the living room was their own personal toilet.