Keeping your home clean when you own a pet can be quite a challenge. Pets provide us with so much love and joy, though, that the extra work it takes to keep your home clean is worth it. This article will share some tips to help keep your floors clean despite the fur and the slobber.
Keeping Your Floors Clean When You Own a Pet
Keeping floors clean may be one of biggest challenges you face when you own a dog or a cat. There’s the fur. Dirt can get tracked in from outside. And then there’s the problem of kitty litter getting scattered throughout the house. Let’s consider some things that will help keep your floors clean.
If you have carpet, getting a good vacuum is a must. Look for a vacuum made for specifically for homes with pets. An example is the Dyson Ball Animal 2. It contains a HEPA filtration system to trap allergens inside the machine rather than expelling them back into the home. In addition, it has a tangle-free turbine tool to remove pet hair from upholstery and carpets without tangling. I haven’t used the vacuum myself (although I’m putting it on my wish list after doing research for this article), but the reviews are very good overall.
Sweeping with Statically Charged Sweeper
If you have flooring rather than carpeting, using a statically charged sweeper (like the Swiffer) may be a good idea. These type of sweepers trap the hair rather than blowing it around. You can keep your high-traffic areas clean of pet hair by using the sweeper for a few minutes each day. This will keep the fur and dirt from building up.
Keeping Dirt Out in the First Place
Dogs usually go outside to do their business and to play. It is important to keep them from bringing dirt into the home. You will want to put a mat that traps dirt and mud in your entryway or wherever your dog comes into your home from outside. One example of a dirt-trapping mat is the Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Doormat which soaks up water, mud, and dirt and holds seven times its weight (going on my wishlist too!). It also has very good reviews.
In addition to getting a mat that will trap the dirt and keep it from coming into your home, you can keep a container or bin with rags by the door to wipe your dog’s paws before he comes in. If you make this a regular routine, your dog will know it well. He will not expect to come in until all four paws have been thoroughly wiped.
Keeping the Litter Box Area Clean
Another way to keep your floors clean is to keep the litter box area clean. Maintaining the area around the litter box clean of litter will avoid litter spreading to the rest of the house. Scoop the litter box at least once per day. In addition, sweep or vacuum the area surrounding the litter box several times per day, if possible.
Another option is to keep the litter box in a bathtub or shower stall, in order to contain the scattered litter. If this is not possible, placing a large tray underneath the litter box can help to contain the litter and keep it from finding its way around the home.
In addition, it is a good idea to use a rubber mat or a rug that your cat will step on when exiting the litter box in order to trap more of the litter. One mat that has good reviews is the Petlinks Purrfect Paws Cat Litter Mat. This mat features a design that helps to spread a cat’s paw pads apart to force the stray litter off. The litter that falls off of the cat’s paws is collected in deep hollows in the pad, keeping it from scattering throughout the rest of the house.
Owning a pet brings so much joy and they bring with them unconditional love and loads of affection. Following the tips above, you will be able to enjoy their love while at the same time keeping your floors clean.