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A Dog Owner’s Guide to a Clean House

You might think you have to make a choice between owning dogs and having a clean house. However, it’s possible to enjoy both.

The key is to come up with a strategic plan that prevents excessive messes and quickly and effectively deals with the ones that do happen. What follows are several tips and methods that other pet owners use rather effectively.

Stop messes before they start

You can prevent a lot of unnecessary messes before they happen by simply setting ground rules and expectations. Here are a few that we recommend:

  • Have one specific door through which your dogs come inside and outside. This isolates the entry point and gives you more control over keeping your dogs clean when they re-enter the home. Ideally, you would like this to be a backdoor that’s away from your main living areas (however, it tends to be located in the kitchen or living room).
  • Keep certain supplies on hand at your entry/exit point. This should include a brush, towels for wiping paws, wipes, etc.
  • Restrict your dog’s access within the home. In other words, don’t give them free rein over every square inch. This might look like restricting your dogs to the main level only and/or putting up gates to prevent them from leaving your main living areas.

Small steps like this can make a big difference by keeping messes confined to certain areas. It makes life a whole lot easier and allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds (having a dog and a clean house).

Use the right vacuum cleaner

Unless you have a hypoallergenic dog that doesn’t shed, chances are you have lots of fur in your house. Whether it’s the big tufts of fur from a long-haired dog like a Golden Retriever or the tiny, fine hair like the kind that a Dachshund sheds, you need something that can eliminate it with ease.

If you’re still using your standard vacuum cleaner, you may have trouble getting everything clean. We recommend using a pet vacuum cleaner that’s specifically designed to remove pet hair and pet dander. They come equipped with specific cleaning attachments and HEPA filters designed for pet messes.

Keep lint rollers on hand

You don’t always want to pull out the vacuum cleaner. Sometimes you just have small spots that you need to address – like on a sofa or chair. In these situations, a lint roller is your best friend. You can quickly roll a surface before guests come over and remove any stray hair that’s left behind.


Use the right stain removers

There are hundreds of pet stain removal products on the market. And do you want to know the cold, hard truth? The majority of them aren’t very effective. You can get better results by simply making your own stain remover at home.

Do you want to know the secret recipe? It’s shaving cream. Seriously, just shaving cream. Grab a bottle of foam shaving cream and simply spray the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe clean with warm water. This works great for dog vomit and urine stains.

Cover up furniture

If you let your dogs up on your furniture (which is not a great idea for those trying to keep a clean house), we highly recommend using furniture covers to protect the fabric.

Thankfully, furniture covers have come a long way over the past few years. It used to be very obvious that you were putting a cover on a piece of furniture. Today, they often fit so perfectly that you can’t even tell. When they need to be cleaned, you just unzip and toss them in the wash.


Spray food bowls

Dog food bowls are nasty. They’re like magnets for grime, ants, roaches, and other unwanted guests. Usually, this is because food sticks to the sides. You can prevent this issue by occasionally spraying your dog’s food bowl with a safe cooking spray. This oil prevents the dog food from sticking and makes it easier to clean.

Don’t choose between dogs and cleanliness

You shouldn’t have to choose between owning a dog and having a clean house. It’s possible to do both!

Originally posted 2022-04-18 21:22:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  1. Clean house is important for the family, guests, allergy sufferers and of course for the beloved pets.

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