We love our fur babies with all of our hearts, but they sure know how to make a mess of a home! Between dirty paws and shedding fur, keeping a clean home with pets can feel like a full time job. If you’ve been looking for ways to conquer the fur and dirt that come with being a pet owner, try these tips.
Set up a pet-cleaning station to slow messes from spreading.
Unless you take your pet to a groomer, pet owners fall into one of two categories: the kind that clean their furry friends in a bathtub or shower and those who hose them down outside. Both of these options are totally fine — but neither is great.
As you’re probably aware, the bathing process can be pretty long and laborious and is usually reserved for special occasions. In the interim, your pets bring unwanted debris in from the outside. And even after bathing, keeping them under control while they dry down is a challenge in itself. Those with a larger laundry room, mud room, or even extra garage space have the advantage of installing a pet cleaning station in their home. This station usually consists of bathroom wall storage cabinets, a large sink, and a bathing area.
If you need assistance putting together a pet-cleaning station in your home, contact our design team. They’ll help you choose the best bathroom wall storage cabinets, and will design the perfect place in your home to pamper your pet.
Deal with accidents the moment they are spotted to avoid damaging your flooring.
Tile flooring is a great option for homes with pets, because this type of flooring is easy to clean and impervious to water damage and stains. If you happen to have carpets, there are plenty of effective cleaners that can be used to scrub out stains as soon as they are seen. Do not wait until the stain sets! If you’re in a pinch, a simple solution of one-part white vinegar and one-part warm water can do the trick, as well as store-bought options. Or check out these tips on how to get pet stains out of carpet from DIY Network.
After a spot has been treated, freshen up the area with an odor neutralizer like baking soda, which can be left on carpets over night and then vacuumed up the next morning.
Swap your “regular” vacuum for one specifically designed for pet hair.
If you’ve been resistant to the idea of a pet hair vacuum in the past, now may be the time to make the switch. These designs specifically target pet hair and feature technology to grab those tiny particles and keep them from clogging your vacuum.
If your pets are particularly furry, you may want to opt for a vacuum with a bag as well. Opening up a bagless vacuum often leads to a burst of fur that will reverse your cleaning efforts pretty quick.
If you have an open concept kitchen or living room that connects to your dining area, a robot vacuum could also provide support in keeping common areas clean in between cleanings. Most users review these robot versions as helpful, but they are not a perfect replacement for traditional vacuuming.
Opt for washable covers when it comes to pet beds and play areas.
Make your job as a fur parents a little easier by choosing beds and other pet furniture that feature a removable, washable cover. This will help you keep your pet’s favorite nap area nice and clean. As a bonus, pet furniture will last longer, since you can do more than just surface clean it. Whenever you wash covers, throw in soft toys as well. Check labels and tags, but most soft toys should be machine washable. Hard toys can be washed with hand soap or soaked in the same kind of vinegar and water solution we mentioned above.
At The RTA Store we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen bathroom, laundry room, home office, bar room or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design tool!