Updated: Apr 16, 2022
Seventy percent of American households own a pet, according to the 2021-2022 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association. Dogs, cats and other companion animals can breathe energy into a family. Despite all of the advantages, pets inevitably cause messes, much like children. However, it’s still possible to have a pet and maintain a clean home.
Keeping Up With Pet Messes
Manage pet fur. One of the persistent issues pet parents face is fur. Grooming the pet regularly (preferably outdoors) will help tame some of its fur. Covering sofas and other places where pets like to lounge with an old sheet can contain some of the fur where it can be shaken off outdoors and then laundered.
Upgrade your vacuum. You’ll need a vacuum with strong suction to pick up fur, dirt, dander, and any of the other debris that can accumulate thanks to pets. A vacuum with a good brush action also can dig in deep to carpets, such as the Bissell Cleanview.
Pause for paws at the door. Keep a small container of water by the front door. When returning from walks, dip the dog’s paws into the water and dry before entering the house. This keeps dirt at bay.
Get the right cleanser. Pet owners must contend with accidents. Look for an enzymatic cleanser that will treat stains and odors so that pets do not return to the soiled area. Test an area of the carpet or floor being treated for colorfastness before applying. Address stained areas promptly.
Choose the right upholstery. According to Martha Stewart Living, look for top-grain, semi-aniline leathers, as scratches are disguised on such pieces. In terms of fabric, microfiber or microsuede are better suited to pets because the fabric is tightly woven and may be more resistant to fur and soiling.
Launder pet items. Regularly wash bedding and other belongings that pets use. This will help tame indoor odors.
Keep nails neat. Clipping dog and cat and other small animals’ nails may help avoid scratches on furniture and floors. If you do not feel comfortable doing it, take the animal to one of Flagler's local groomers.
Pet owners can keep their homes clean with a small amount of consistent effort and diligence.