Dogs are man’s best friend, but they can be a mess too! Whether paw prints or loose fur, a dirty floor is guaranteed with dogs around. Luckily, your pets and clean floors can coexist in your house if you try the following tips!
Tip #1. Sweep with an electrostatic broom
Your trusty broom could be good for most kinds of dirt but not for dog hair. On the other hand, an electrostatic broom uses its rubber bristles to lift and attract dog hair from surfaces better than a regular one.
The only downside is that you’ll likely have to invest in an electrostatic broom to apply this tip. However, don’t let its fancy name fool you; they are quite affordable. Besides, if you know how to use a regular broom, you know how to use an electrostatic one.
Tip #2. Update your vacuum cleaner
Pet vacuum cleaners are the ultimate tool for removing dog hair thanks to their special blisters, filters, and higher suction power. The only thing that prevents these devices from being a staple cleaning tool in every dog owner’s house is the price tag.
However, if your vacuum cleaner is not good enough for the task, and you are considering replacing it anyways, investing in a specialized cleaning tool for your pets is a good idea.
Tip #3. Clean stains as soon as you can
Letting your pet freely roam around your house means some nasty accidents are bound to happen. So, keep pet wipes, clean towels, and a spray bottle with your trusted cleaner always handy to deal with those dirty mishaps as soon as you see (or smell) them—especially on carpeted floors.
Tip (or warning!) #4. Don’t poison your dog!
It’s tempting to clean stains using powerful cleaners, especially if they are stubborn or have a terrible smell. However, you should know that most commercial products contain ammonia, alcohol, or bleach; these harsh chemicals can harm your four-legged pal.
What can you use then? Although soapy water works fine for mud and dirt, a better option is to get an enzyme cleaner. These cleaners are far more effective at removing saliva, pee, and feces-related stains. On top of that, enzyme cleaners are safe to use on carpets and upholstery.
Tip #5. Deplete your dog’s extra energy before chores
Everybody loves dogs and their antics, except when it’s house cleaning time, as an energetic dog can make chores more cumbersome than needed.
One great way to tame your dog’s energy is taking them for a walk before you start your chores. Remember, different factors like breed and age dictate how long you should walk your dog—you want to tire them, not over-exhaust them.
Tip #6. Keep your dog away while cleaning
Don’t worry if you aren’t able to walk your dog before you start cleaning. You’ll be fine if you place them in a different room than the one you’re cleaning and close the door.
Some dogs could whine or viciously scrap closed doors when in a room alone. Be prepared and give them some of their favorite toys and snacks to keep them busy while you’re cleaning.
Tip: Be sure your dog has emptied their bowels beforehand to avoid accidents in the room.
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