Some people say that having furry family members is similar to having children. They go from room to room making messes everyday– intentionally or unintentionally. I couldn’t agree more. From muddy paw prints and dog hair to giant drool puddles on the carpet, the cleaning can seem endless. All the cleaning can get you down but turn that frown upside down, we will give you some tips to help contain their little disasters.
#1 Give Pooch His or Her Own Space
Just like humans, dogs love comfy places that are safe and familiar. What they would no doubt love is to have the entire living room to themselves. But certainly don’t let them unless you can hire a maid for the dog! Otherwise, designate a nice and comfortable area in the living room, sort of like a “dog cave” where they can relax. Not only a good dog bed or crate but a special basket of toys and their favorite mess-free doggie items to keep them entertained momentarily. Ensure that its a draft free space. We don’t want pooch feeling cold. So its worth it to lie on the floor and see if its drafty before designating a spot.
#2 Clean Your Carpet, Wood and Tile Floors Regularly.
Got dog hair? There are many dog breeds that shed load of hair year around. This can be especially challenging if their hair is shedding profusely and its thick. It can get all over the carpet and your clothes. When you wash your socks you notice wads of hair on your sock, not a good look. I mean, who ever said “I want to walk out of the house everyday looking like a big fir ball” – probably no one ever. If you have carpet, invest in a good quality carpet cleaner that is tested and reviewed for removing pet hair and pet odors. Spending a good amount up front will save you money from professional cleanings and embarrassment over time. If you have wood or tile floors, then simply sweeping everyday should be more than sufficient. I would also recommend vacuuming the carpet daily as well. Using robots such as Roomba’s may be challenging for your dog, who may see them as fun toys. So those should be avoided because they could be dangerous for Fido.
#3 Don’t Forget the Couch!
Don’t get a super fancy and expensive couch if you plan on having your dog with with you. Couch throws can be your best friend. Especially if you have fiber couches. Not only can they be vacuumed but they can be tossed in the washing machine when needed. Some microfiber couches can be easily cleaned with alcohol for some pet messes but still use a throw for added convenience. For leather sofas, regular coats of wax will be helpful. Wiping the couch with a damp cloth or a really good duster that can pick up dog hair would be required. For the crack and crevices use a vacuum if the hair removal is stubborn. But beware of having leather as dogs like to dig and scratch at them when they are nesting.
These few tips should help keep your living room clean so you don’t have to force Fido to stay on the porch!
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