For people that are already busy, there are never enough hours in the day. And maintaining the upkeep of the house can be a challenge. For dog owners, it provides an additional challenge for maintaining cleanliness within the home. For as much love that they provide, their presence inside the home requires extra maintenance to maintain a clean and healthy home.
The professional housekeeping team from Pure House Cleaning have shared some cleaning tips that can make it easier to maintain a clean home with your dog.
Top ways to minimize dog odor in your home.
One of the first things that will affect your home is the odor that comes from your dog or your dog’s living area. You can easily minimize the accumulation of unpleasant dog odors by doing the following.
Keep your home well ventilated.
This means maintaining a constant airflow throughout your home. Open windows and doors to let the breeze consistently remove odors from inside your home. If you don’t want to leave the windows or doors open all day, at least keep them open 3 times a day for 5-10 minutes so that the airflow in your home changes.
Add lavender scents into your home.
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Dogs enjoy the scent of lavender. This will provide a fresh smell inside your home. You can invest in lavender diffusers or scented lavender candles, which will provide a pleasant smell inside your home.
Also, use lavender when washing or cleaning other items, so that there is a consistently “fresh” lavender smell inside the home.
Remove any smelly dog items to a well-ventilated area.
Another common issue is your dog’s living area, toys, or blankets causing unpleasant smells within your home. It is important that you make sure:
- Their items are washed regularly.
- That the items are placed in a well-ventilated area.
- That the items aren’t permanently placed in the living or socialising areas in the home.
You can also place charcoal in the area, as it will help to absorb the bad odors.
Invest in an air purifier tower.
This will help especially if your home relies on using an HVAC to circulate air around your home. The air purifier tower can catch unpleasant odors and materials in the air, which will help create fresher air inside your home. This is also useful for homes that are limited with opening doors or windows for air circulation. (For example, during harsh winters or summers.)
Keep your floor spaces clean.
Minimizing the clutter around your home will make it look clean, as well as minimize your dog spreading dirt and fur around your home. There are a few steps that you can take.
Train your dogs to keep their items in a designated area.
This will require patience and training, but it will be helpful to you over the long-term if the dogs learn to keep their toys and belongings in a designated area. This might be a designated space for the dog or a basket where they can keep their belongings.
Remove your dog’s excess shedding.
Your dog will always shed its fur. However, different breeds will shed different amounts, which will impact the frequency of your cleaning. There are some things you can do to manage the excess fur around the house.
Have a lint roller to hand.
A lint roller will make it easy for you to get your dog’s shedded fur off upholstery and clothing. Simply keep the lint roller nearby and commit to using it a couple of times a day if your dog sheds frequently. This will prevent the build-up of fur in your home.
Use an electrostatic mop to collect hair on hard-floor surfaces.
If your floor is made of wood, tiles, or any type of hard flooring, then you will want to consider using an electro-static mop or a microfibre cloth to collect any dog hair that accumulates on your flooring.
Use a portable vacuum cleaner.
To quickly clean your areas such as upholstery, you can use a hand-held vacuum cleaner to get rid of fur quickly. This can help you get rid of most of the hair in just a few minutes.
Use a robotic vacuum cleaner.
If you have the budget, try to invest in a robotic vacuum cleaner such as a Roomba, which can continually vacuum around your home to minimize the amount of fur building up in your home.
Use rubber gloves to collect the bulk of shedded fur.
You can simply wear rubber glove and wipe them along items where fur from your dog may accumulate. This will help you to get rid of most of the fur on the item, which you can then easily dispose. Wipe down upholstery, coffee tables, kitchen tables, and more in just a few minutes.
Wipe down areas with a damp cloth.
Another option is to use a damp cloth to wipe down areas such as benchtops and tabletops, which can collect fur.
Stop dirt coming into your home.
You can also prevent dirt coming into your home by taking preventative actions. Some of these include the following.
Train your dog to wait at the door before coming into your home.
This will allow you to help them clean their paws on a mat or in a bucket before they come back inside your home.
Invest in a set of dog shoes or boots for your dog.
Another option is that you can invest in a set of shoes for your dog so that they walk, run, and play outside, but they won’t take dirt caught in their paws inside your home.
Keep your home clean, but beware of chemicals that are dangerous for your dogs.
We know that you want to keep your home as clean as possible. However, you should also be aware of cleaning materials and chemicals that are dangerous for your dogs.
You don’t want to use a cleaning product and then have your dog get ill from making contact with or licking the surface. Use this list as a reference.
Ammonia is commonly found in products such as:
- Oven cleaners
- Window cleaners
- Stainless steel cleaners
- Wax for hardwood floor
Bleach is commonly found in:
- Scouring powders
- Toilet bowl cleaners
- Mildew removers
- Basic bleach
- Laundry detergent
- Dishwashing detergent
- All-purpose cleansers
Phthalates are commonly found in:
- All-purpose cleaners
Glycol ethers are commonly found in:
- All-purpose cleaners
- Spot removers
- Carpet cleaners
- Glass cleaners
- Liquid soaps
Formaldehyde is commonly found in:
- General household cleaners
- Plug-in fragrances
- Paper towels
- Hand soap
- Pet shampoo
1,4-Dioxane is commonly found in:
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Paint and varnishes
Use these tips provided to keep your home clean and fresh with your dogs, without risking your dog’s health.
If you are interested in hiring professional cleaners, get in touch with the Pure House Cleaning team, who can provide regular cleaning services in your home.