Pets are like children to most pet owners, and they’re just as messy. We love them, but we also love our houses staying clean and smelling nice. Here are seven tips and tricks for keeping your pet’s messes under control.
Cats and dogs, among other furry animals, are known to shed constantly if they have long hair. This fur sticks to couches and carpets as if they were magnets for the stuff. Vacuums can be used to get rid of some of the hair. However, most vacuum cleaners are not strong enough to get all of it up. There are a couple of different methods to pick up the rest.
- Wet Sponge Method – Wet a sponge and wring it out until it is damp and has no excess water dripping off of it. Wipe up spots on your couch or carpet covered in pet fur. The fur should come right up in chunks. Rinse and repeat as needed. This is time consuming but effective. It is less work if you consistently keep up with this method and avoid letting too much fur build up at one time.
- Squeegee Method – This is similar to the sponge method. Buy a squeegee on its own or as a topper for a handle; you can usually find these in the same places as car washing supplies. ‘Sweep’ with the squeegee the same way you would with a broom. The fur should stick to the rubber and ball up. Using a rubber broom is another similar way to do this.
- Rubber Gloves – Where a pair a rubber cleaning gloves and get them wet. Shake off any excess dripping water and run gloves along fur covered furniture or carpets.
- Duct Tape or Lint Rollers – Both of these things work in a similar way; they pick up animal hair with the one sticky side. When using duct tape, wrap it around your hand or another object with the sticky side out. Place of fur covered area to clean. For lint rollers, simply roll onto fur to pick up. Pet stores usually have their own versions of lint rollers for pet hair available to buy.
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Pet Stains and Odors
One of the most common complaints from pet owners is urine stains. They are difficult to remove and leave behind an unpleasant smell. To properly clean these spots, certain things must be done:
- If the urine is fresh, still wet, quickly cover it with paper towels to soak up as much as you can. This will help greatly with the cleaning process.
- Once it has been soaked up, or if you found the spot after it had already dried, use a wet vac or an extractor. These machines force clean water into your carpet before sucking the now dirty water back up. They can be rented at the most hardware store and do not require any kind of chemicals to get the job done. Do not use a steam cleaner. The heat from the machine will set the stain into the carpet or furniture even more than it originally was.
- Try to not use any kind of chemicals on the stain. While they may clean well, the smell is usually similar to that of animal urine, and your pet may go back to that spot again.
- Use an odor neutralizer on the spot and surrounding area once it has been thoroughly cleaned and dried. These can be bought at normal retail shops and pet stores. This will get rid of the smell, so your pet doesn’t repeat the incident in the same spot.
Litter Box Smells and Messes
Cats tend to be very clean animals. However, their litter boxes are another story. The best way to keep a litter box from smelling too bad is to scoop it out consistently. In between each new box of litter, dump the old litter into the garbage. Completely scrub out the box itself using hot water and unscented soap. Thoroughly dry before placing new litter inside.
Baking soda is safe to use in litter boxes as well. After cleaning the box out, spread a thin layer out on the bottom of the box. Pour clean litter on top. The baking soda will help to absorb any odors that come through without bothering the cat. It is not a good idea to use over deodorized litter. The scents can be overbearing to pets and may prevent them from using the litter box at all.
On top of smelling bad, litter boxes can also get quite messy. Cats can be overzealous when covering up their messes causing litter and other things to fly over the side of the box. Here are a few ways to prevent this:
- Purchase a larger litter box – You want the box to be bigger than the cat using it.
- Do not add in so much litter – Cats only require 2 – 3 inches of litter to do their business. Any more than that makes messes easier to create.
- Use a towel – Place a towel that is bigger than the litter box underneath it. This will catch any fallen litter and makes it easy to clean. Simply dump excess litter into the garbage and wash the towel. Be sure to replace the towel with a new one every time you change the litter.
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Caged pets must be taken care of constantly. Because these small animals essentially live in their own mess, their cages must be cleaned every couple of days. Cleaning is easy, dump out all fluff, after removing the animal from the cage, into the garbage. The cage bottom can then be rinsed out in a sink or outside with a hose. Can using a sponge and unscented dish soap. Thoroughly dry before putting in clean fluff and the animal. Do not use any kind of deodorizer for small pets as they may affect the animal’s immune system.
Hopefully, these easy cleaning methods will help you, and your pet live in a cleaner and better-smelling home.