- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On March 22, 2019
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Written by Jack Prenter of Chore Bliss
As a dog owner, you know how difficult it can be to keep your home clean with Fido around. Between walks through High Park and playing with other dogs in Queens’ Park, it’s no surprise that you find a lot of muck in your house. Keeping it clean isn’t easy. But with a few small routine changes you’ll massively reduce the problem and leave your home looking spotless, all the time.
Keeping Fido Clean
Arguably the most important step in keeping your home clean is to ensure that Fido isn’t carrying dirt around your home. Dog hair is incredibly effective at retaining dirt and muck, which will drop in your house when they shed or run around. The key is to always groom them when they come in from playing outside.
You can designate a washing area to groom your pet properly – perhaps in the laundry room. Washing off the mud from their paws and legs, brushing their hair and cleaning their nails will go a long way in keeping the home clean.
And regularly. Even taking 5-minutes each day to quickly run the vacuum around the main walkways in your home can have a huge impact.
If you don’t have time for this, use a vacuum with a beater brush – like the Shark Professional Upright Rotator. Using this once or twice per week will be sufficient. The beater brush has spinning bristles that are designed to scrape muck and dirt out of deep carpets and are incredibly effective for all animal hair. The Shark model also comes with an attachment that can be used on soft materials if you’re careful.
Lint Rolling Regularly
Most likely, vacuuming won’t be enough to remove all of the hair. For softer furnishings and odd shaped items, a lint roll is invaluable. You can get these from the dollar store for a few bucks and they’ll save you a huge amount of time. For lamp shades, couches, blankets, clothes and dog beds, lint rollers are far superior to a vacuum.
Lint rolling a couple times per week alongside vacuuming will pick up the vast majority of hair, leaving your house spotless everyday.
Decluttering Your Home
Each dirt particle is tiny, so it can easily hide away in the crevices of your home. With a lot of clutter, it makes finding and dealing with any mess much more difficult. People with dogs would benefit from simplifying their homes – another reason to watch Marie Kondo on Netflix.
Decluttering will make your home safer for your pets, keep allergies in check, and make cleaning much quicker. Jack Prenter, owner of Toronto professional cleaning company Chore Bliss, says that “clutter has the biggest impact” on how long it takes to clean.
Removing Odours Safely
Getting rid of dirt is one thing, but removing odours is another. Even after all the hair, mud and muck is long gone, smells can latch onto the wallpaper, carpet and furnishings in your home. To remove them, without using harsh chemicals that could irritate your pet, you need to be smart.
Firstly, opening the windows in your house for 30-minutes will have a huge impact. Fresh air will help to remove the damp, stale smell that dogs can bring into your house.
Secondly, consider getting a scent. The issue is that many sprays will irritate your pets nose and skin. Fortunately, brands like the Pet House Candle produce a One Fur All candle which is safe for pets and designed to mask their scent. These candles are far better than most sprays because the flame can help to remove some of the particles in the air while the strong smells will make your house fresh once again.
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