Keeping a pet-friendly home fresh


Many people don’t consider a house a home without one furry creature scurrying about, but although they bring you lots of joy, you may be also finding it hard to keep your home spotless and fresh-smelling. Here’s some advice on keeping a pet-friendly home fresh.

Controlling pet fur

For pet owners, encountering pet fur in places of the house like bed sheets and sofas isn’t that unusual, but you can keep it in a manageable state. Many breeds that have long hair can benefit from regular trips to the groomer, but a far more effective and cheaper way would be to give them a thorough daily brush. There are different types of brushes that are designed for a specific type of hair; talk to your local groomer or a pet store associate that can help you find the right one for your pet.

To deal with existing fur on your clothes, sofas, car seats etc. you can get a rubberised brush that that builds up a static charge to clear up the hair, or get a sticky brush (some are reusable and some come with tear-off sheets). A daily vacuum and a sweep will help combat rogue pet fur as well.

Freshening up the litter box

Even if you have quite a few cats, keeping the litter box clean isn’t terribly difficult as long as you make it a daily task. You can get different variations of litter; there’s a type that suits having multiple cats, as well as a type made from crushed walnut shells and corn which does a good job of deodorizing and clumping.

Be sure to also keep a container, covered tightly with a plastic bag liner near the box that you can dispose of every couple of days. Add fresh litter to keep the level in the box between 2-3 inches, and then completely replace the box every couple of months.

Dealing with unexpected ‘accidents’

One of the biggest problems pet owners encounter is dealing with accidents on their furniture and carpets. It’s important to clean pet stains as soon and as thoroughly as possible, not just because of the smell, but because your pet will still be able to smell it themselves, so they may return to do it again.

Look for cleaning products that are specifically created to deal with pet stains. Using deodorizers that you keep around the house may mask the smell for a while, but it will eventually return. We recommend using the Simple Solution Extreme Stain Remover.

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