It can be difficult to keep your home clean if you share it with a furry friend. Pet odours, paw prints and stray hairs are a common occurrence that can make housework sometimes feel like a full-time job. We’ve created this guide to help you maintain a clean, pet-friendly home efficiently.
Invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner
A high-quality vacuum cleaner is a must to ease the daily chore of banishing pet hair. Consider the type of flooring you have in your home, a vacuum with the ability to glide smoothly across hard floors whilst still removing debris from carpets, such as the Hoover H-Free Pets, which comes with a motorised pets brush, designed to get rid of pet hair and dirt from every room in the house. It’s also cordless, making it great if you like to vacuum little and often, hassle-free. If your pet is extremely messy or moults a lot, a specialist pet model may be more suitable. The Hoover Velocity Evo Pets. This is the best solution for homes with lots of carpets, which require powerful, deep cleaning. It comes with a rotating mini turbo brush to loosen and lift stubborn pet hair, leaving your stairs, carpets and upholstery beautifully clean.
Groom your pet regularly
Cats and dogs are both guilty of shedding hair however, the amount varies from pet to pet. Regularly brushing, at least a few times a week, can help reduce the amount of fur that will transfer to your furniture and furnishings as well as providing good quality bonding time. If you’ve got a dog, bathe them every couple of weeks or so to keep them and your home smelling fresh. However, remember that too many baths can strip their natural oils and create dry skin. When it comes to cats, unless they have been on a muddy adventure or have very long hair, they can conveniently self-clean and groom themselves.
Stop mud at the door
Think about setting up a small cleaning station near your front door, so once your pet arrives back from their daily walk you can deal with muddy paws before they appear around the home. Although you may not be able to train your furry friend to wipe their paws, investing in a doormat for outside and a washable rug for inside will help to catch excess dirt and debris – combine this with a small bowl of water, pet-friendly wipes and some towels if you’re expecting extra muddy feet!
Choose fabrics carefully
It may be tempting to decorate your home with plush, soft, furnishings but these fabrics stain easily and hold odours, opt for washable, wipeable and durable materials that are easy to clean. Visible animal hair can be very off-putting to guests, so choosing colours that are similar to your pets’ fur can help to hide any stray hairs! When in doubt, cover your pets favourite spots with simple throws that will not only protect your furniture but can be washed easily to rid stains, animal hair and smells.
Contain the mess
As any pet owner is aware, our beloved cats and dogs can be messy at meal times, whether that’s dribbling water on the floor or scattering food not only in the kitchen but into other rooms. To help keep their feeding area clean think about using extra-large food bowls to contain as much food as possible, place a rimmed tray under food dishes to catch some of the mess and think about feeding at set times instead of free feeding to stop your pet taking food into other rooms.
Stock up on cleaning supplies
We can’t stop our pets shedding, scratching or trying to eat everything but you can make sure you have the right cleaning tools on hand to tackle the mess. This may seem like an obvious tip but reaching for the stain remover when your four-legged friend has had a little accident and realising you don’t have any is not ideal! There are several products on the market created specifically for pet owners that are non-toxic to cats and dogs, keeping them safe whilst also effectively cleaning.
These tips will help you maintain a clean, pet-friendly home but to give it some extra sparkle why not invest in some innovative cleaning appliances? The Hoover SteamJet is designed to naturally and easily remove stubborn dirt and bacteria created by your four-legged bestie. The high temperature of the steam is perfect for sanitising hard floors, leaving no toxic residue – meaning it’s safer for your pets!