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The Pet Owner’s Ultimate House Cleaning Guide

Almost any pet owner knows – it can be extremely hard to keep your home clean with furry friends around. Dogs and cats alike present unique challenges that make it seem almost impossible, at times, to keep a home clean.

But here’s the fact of the matter – it’s NOT impossible! While it does take dedication to the cause, you can get back on top of your house so that it stays consistently clean and fresh-feeling.

Here’s how:

Keeping On Top of Pet Hair

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Out of everything we’re going to cover here, pet hair management is probably the most important. Let pet hair get out of control and you’ll find it just about everywhere – even in the places that your pet rarely seems to go.

Instead of living with the build-up, take a stab at staying on top of it.

As you might assume, vacuuming plays an essential role in this. You might find that you have to vacuum a whole lot more often than you’re used to in order to keep up, but here’s the good news – there are other things that you can do to reduce the amount of vacuuming that may be necessary.

If you don’t already, start brushing your pet just about every day. You’ll be able to get ahead and capture all of the hair that would otherwise be sure to end up on your floor.

You’re probably already aware, but there are special brushes made for pets that make this process much easier and more effective too. Be sure to pick one up next time you’re in a pet store!

Another key part of keeping up with pet hair is running your laundry machine often. Pet hair tends to cling to both bedding and clothing, and you might discover that the lint roller can’t even keep up at times.

By the time you’ve hit the rhythm doing all of this, ensure that you also do the necessary work to clean out your air filter regularly and your furniture from time to time too. If you’re not sure what to clean off your furniture with, try a specialty tool from the pet store. There are some products that function similarly to a lint roller but with much more success.

If you’re local to Minnesota and all of this sounds like a lot, consider calling us for a house cleaning quote! We love pets, and we know just what to do to clean up after them.

Buffing Out Scratches

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Nothing’s more upsetting than getting scratches all over wood or laminate flooring. Beloved pets are easy to forgive, but that doesn’t make the scratch any less annoying.

So what can be done once the scratch is already there?

If you have wood floors, extreme cases may call for a professional to strip the floors, buff them, and then restain them just to work the scratches out.

Thankfully, that’s not always necessary. For lesser scratches that don’t penetrate deeply, you should be able to use something as simple as a hardwood floor cleaner or even a homemade solution. Be sure to understand what kind of finish your floor has and whether you need to remove any layers of wax or other coatings before beginning. Also, ensure that the cleaner you choose to use works with the kind of finishes you have on your floor. Using the wrong cleaner could make the problem worse.

Some people also recommend hiding away small scratches with blending pencils or finish restorers.

Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is very different from wood flooring. It’s best repaired with a kit that your floor manufacturer likely sells. By nature of how laminate floor is manufactured, it’s essential to have an exact (or at least near-exact) color match when you’re doing repair work.

What does a typical repair kit include? Typically you’ll find putty, a putty knife, and a wax pencil. Very small scratches can be addressed with the pencil and larger scratches should be remedied with the putty and knife.

In some cases, it’s possible that a large enough scratch will not be repairable. In these circumstances, you’ll have to replace the entire board.

Eliminating Odors

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There’s nothing worse than a home that smells permanently bad. The worst thing about this is that, over time, anyone can become immune to even the worst smells. You may not even notice that your home smells if you’ve been living with it long enough.

But what can you do about an odor once it’s already surfaced?

The answer isn’t always straightforward, but know this – odors tend to cling to certain things and surfaces. Your furniture, carpeting, and walls are all susceptible to carrying odors.

Eliminating Odors from Furniture

To eliminate pet odors from sofas and mattresses, try sifting baking powder onto them and letting it sit for at least half an hour. After that time, simply vacuum it all back up and enjoy the freshness that results.

Eliminating Odors from Carpeting

There are many great ways to rid your carpeting of odors. You can use baking soda, vinegar, or a carpet cleaning solution. Whatever solution you use, the key is to ensure that you give it time to sink in and absorb the odor before removing it again.

Eliminating Odor from Walls

The best way to remove pet odor from walls is by re-painting. A new coat of paint is usually enough to cover up any odor that the last coat carried. If regular paint isn’t enough, you might even consider a special odor-blocking paint.

In circumstances where you’re not able to paint, consider cleaning the walls. Once again, vinegar is a leading solution for this. For more information on cleaning off your walls, check out this article by LifeHacker.

Cleaning Up Scraps

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Few pet owners would judge any other for having a few scraps of a shredded toy lying around. If you have a pet that’s a big chewer or one that loves to tear things to shreds by some other method, then you’re likely familiar with the consequences – lots and lots of scraps on the floor.

There isn’t kind of revolutionary method we want to share as far as cleaning up scraps go, but one thing we can advise is this – if you don’t have the time or the energy to pick up shreds of cotton, fabric, and who knows what else, then tend towards rubber toys.

Some pets wouldn’t be happy to have their opportunity to shred toys taken away, so rubber is often a great solution. The material can still be punctured, ruptured, and even split wide open, but it’s often not left in quite so many pieces as a fabric toy might be.

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