Got a mucky pup or furry feline? Here’s how to maintain a clean house with pets

Here’s how to keep your home looking and smelling fresh – even if your furry friends have other ideas…

How to maintain a clean house with pets

by Joe Brothwell |
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Our animal pals bring joy, companionship, and oh so many benefits to our lives, but they also come with their own set of cleanliness challenges, from shedding fur to bringing in dirt. It may have you wondering just how to maintain a clean house with pets, especially if you've got a few furry friends under the one roof.

Maintaining a clean house with pets can be a challenging task, but it’s possible with the right strategies and consistent effort.

Here’s exactly how to keep on top of the pet mess, whether you're looking to remove the pet hair, minimise clutter or keep grubby pawprints at bay…

How do I keep my house clean with pets?

Follow these ten top tips to keep your house clean with pets.

1. Regular grooming

Brush your pets regularly to reduce shedding. This not only does this minimise fur around the house but also keeps your pets' coats healthy and shiny. Depending on the breed, some pets may need daily brushing, while others can do with a weekly grooming session.

Woman Combing Her Cute White Cat

2. Frequent vacuuming

Invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner designed for pet hair. Vacuum your floors, carpets, and furniture at least twice a week. For homes with multiple pets or heavy shedders, daily vacuuming might be necessary to keep pet hair under control.

And for those particularly mucky pups, sometimes a carpet cleaner will be more suitable for the job.

3. Wash pet bedding and toys

Pet bedding and toys can harbour dirt, odours, and allergens. Wash them regularly, ideally once a week, using pet-safe detergents. Clean toys can also prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

4. Create pet-free zones

Designate certain areas of your home as pet-free zones. This could include bedrooms or specific pieces of furniture. Having these pet-free spaces can help you manage cleanliness more effectively and provide areas that are easier to keep spotless.

5. Wipe paws at the door

Place a mat at the entrance and train your pets to stay still while you wipe their paws before they enter the house. This simple habit can prevent dirt, mud, and other outdoor debris from being tracked inside. And if you want your cat to stop toileting outside, learn more here.

Australian Shepherd At Dog Groomer

6. Use air purifiers

Air purifiers can significantly reduce pet dander, smells, and allergens in the air. Choose a purifier with a HEPA filter for maximum effectiveness and place it in areas where your pets spend the most time.

7. Clean litter boxes and cages regularly

If you have cats or small animals, make sure to clean their litter boxes and cages frequently. Scoop litter boxes daily and change the litter completely once a week. For cages, remove droppings and clean the bedding regularly to prevent odours and buildup.

8. Bathe pets as needed

Regular baths can help keep your pets clean and reduce the amount of dirt and allergens they bring into the house. Use pet-friendly shampoos and follow recommended bathing schedules for your specific critter.

Golden retriever dog under towel in bathtub

9. Use stain and odour removers

Accidents happen, so be prepared with effective stain and odour removers. Look for enzymatic cleaners that break down organic matter and eliminate smells, rather than just masking them.

10. Keep pet areas tidy

Organise your pets' items such as leashes, toys, and grooming tools. Use bins or designated storage areas to keep everything in place. A tidy pet area helps reduce clutter and makes cleaning more manageable.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a clean home while providing a loving and comfortable environment for your pets!

How often should you clean your house with pets?

With pets, aim to clean your house at least once a week to manage fur, dander, and dirt. Vacuum floors and furniture twice a week, and clean pet bedding and toys weekly. Litter boxes should be scooped daily and cleaned weekly. Regular grooming and wiping pets' paws at the door also help maintain cleanliness.

How can I make my house smell good with my dog?

To keep your house smelling nice with a dog, regularly bathe and groom your pet to reduce odours. Use air purifiers with HEPA filters to eliminate pet dander and smells. Wash pet bedding weekly and clean accidents promptly with enzymatic cleaners. Ventilate your home by opening windows and using fans. Consider using pet-safe air fresheners and essential oils, and place baking soda in problem areas to neutralise odours. Regular vacuuming also helps maintain freshness.

Joe Brothwell is Editor of Take a Break Pets and adores all creatures great and small. Despite being a doting cat dad to Winnie, she continues to be aloof!

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