Our pets are just as much a part of our family, the lovable furbabies who give us joy. We feed them, wash them, cuddle them… and then we have to clean up after them. Pets are a big responsibility because of the care they require, which includes the messes they inevitably make. But the love we get in return makes it worth it.
And if your fur child shows you love by shedding all over the couch? Not a problem! Here are some simple tips for how to clean up after pets in your home.
Cats, dogs, bunnies and other furry pets tend to shed a lot, and it sticks to furniture and carpets. Regular vacuuming will help you stay on top of this problem, but it won’t get everything. For fur-covered upholstery or linens, here are a couple of tricks:
Wet rubber gloves. Yes, it is that simple. Put on a pair of rubber gloves — the kind used for dishwashing will do just fine! — then dampen them. Run your hands over cushions and fabrics to collect the fur. Watch in satisfaction as it collects. Rinse off in a pail or basin of water, then repeat until fur-free. And wear a mask if you want to avoid getting the sniffles!
Damp sponge or squeegee. If you don’t have a spare pair of gloves on hand, a sponge or squeegee will do just as well. Dampen the sponge and swipe it over any furry surfaces to pick up the fibres. Rinse off the same as the rubber gloves. Keep going until all your upholstery and linens are clean.
Lint roller. Keep one handy, especially for spot cleaning before guests come over. Run it over clothes, couches, pillows, curtains — anywhere fur accumulates. Check your local pet store to see if they have pet-specific rollers available, and replace them as needed.
Vacuum. For the carpet and floor, yes, but for dogs too! Invest in pet-friendly vacuums or accessories, which will run through your dog’s topcoat and gently remove loose fur. Make sure your dog is amenable to the treatment, though — you wouldn’t want someone vacuuming you against your will, either!
Note: it’s important to clean regularly, since more frequent cleaning means less effort, less time, and less mess! Stay on top of the shedding by wiping down as often as you can. Brush your pets routinely, too — it’ll lessen the amount of fur that gets on your furniture and clothes, and acts as some great bonding time too!
Stain and Odour Removal
Yes, they’re our best friends, but even friends get stinky. They also sometimes pee or poop in places we don’t want them to. If your pet has had a little accident or tracked dirt into the house, here’s how to deal with it:
Bicarb soda. Refresh bed linens by adding a cup of bicarb soda whenever you put on a load. Wash them in the laundry as normal, but make sure you’re using a mild detergent that doesn’t irritate your pet! You can also add bicarb soda to kitty litter to help absorb the scent. (And replace litter at least once a week, too!)
White vinegar. If your pet got pee on the carpet — or the bed, or the couch, or anywhere else — blot the stain with a clean cloth or some paper towels to soak up any excess moisture. Then mix a solution of one part white vinegar to one part warm water and dab it onto the spot. You can scrub the area with a toothbrush to help clean the spot, then let dry. The same goes for poo — but don’t pick it up immediately! Let it “dry out” first, then collect. (Yes, it’s gross. Yes, it’s necessary.)
Regular wash cycles. Of everything! Their beds, their toys, and even their collars. Wash beds ideally once a week, but at the very least once a month. Deep clean their collars once a month, too — soak in very hot water with some mild detergent or shampoo for at least 15 minutes, then scrub and let dry in the sun. You can wash hard rubber or plastic toys in a dishwasher (after getting them to let go, of course) by running a cycle with vinegar instead of detergent. Soft toys go into the washing machine, with a sprinkle of bicarb soda and two cups of white vinegar.
Fresh scents. If a room is starting to smell funky because of a pet, you can refresh its scent easily! Use pet-friendly essential oils in diffusers (always check! Some oils are toxic to pets). Or heat a cup of freshly-ground coffee in a pan until the scent is released, then take that into the problem room! Just make sure to keep it out of dog reach — caffeine is bad for canine friends.
Cleaning station. Set one up by the entrance where you take your pet in and out. It can be as simple as a clean rag or old towel, and a spray bottle of water. Use them to regularly clean paws and pat dry before they’re allowed to wander around again. But if they do track in mud, just let it dry before vacuuming, then blot the rest with warm water and dish soap.
Caged pets require constant care, not just of themselves but their environment. Pet crates are the same. You don’t want your pet living in its own dirt, so clean often with these tips!
Hydrogen Peroxide. For pet crates, you can opt for a bleach-free commercial cleaner to spray on then scrub. But if you’d rather DIY, mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water or wipe off with a wet towel. Be thorough!
Dish soap or detergent. Clean pet cages every few days to once a week. Bring the animal out and secure it elsewhere while you’re tidying up. Dump out the fluff and litter into the rubbish bin. Rinse out the cage bottom in the sink, or outside with a hose. Then scrub everything down using a sponge and mild dish soap. Make sure to wipe everything dry and replace any fluff or bedding before letting your pet back inside.
Hot water. Rinse food bowls in hot water after every meal to kill bacteria, and use a different sponge from your own dishes.
Bib it up. If your dog won’t chew it off, consider a bandana to prevent drool and food debris from accumulating in their fur. Then just take off at the end of the day and wash, and replace it around their neck in the morning.
First of all, make sure your cat’s litter box is an appropriate size — bigger than the cat using it. Don’t overfill with litter; 2-3 inches at the base is more than enough. And to make litter clean-up quick ‘n easy, line the litter box with a towel or bin liner underneath the litter so it’s easier to gather up and replace every week! Scrub the litter box with warm water and dish soap in between replacements, too.
Need something more thorough?
Maybe the mess is a little more than you can manage, or maybe you’d rather leave the cleaning to professionals. Whatever the reason, Maid2Match has got your back. Schedule your house for cleaning with Maid2Match so we can get your house looking neat and tidy — and ready for your pet to run around all over again.