Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Keep a Clean House (and Your Sanity) When Living With Pets

The animals we bring into our home become more than just pets; they become our family. Despite the drooling, the shedding and the expense, we come home day after day to unconditional love and affection that brings unrivaled happiness.

That's not to say, however, that we're OK with a home overrun by animal hair, toys and other such messes. If you're in need of some pet-proofing, we've got you covered. Below are some tips for keeping your home clean, even with a pet (or pets) in residence.


Manage the Fur


Pet fur on everything is the most common complaint among pet owners. The best way to combat this is to regularly take your pet to a professional groomer and brush your pet yourself everyday—and even then, some pet hair will linger on the furniture. Now is the time to invest in a heavy-duty, pet hair-approved vacuum. Regular vacuuming and dusting will keep your home free of unwanted pet hair and oil. And not only will it keep your space clean, it will also improve air quality.


Decorate in Stain-Resistant Fabrics


Between muddy paws, drool and whatever else your pet may drag in from the yard, stain-resistant fabrics are a must. Crypton sells an array of stain-resistant furniture and home accessories that are easy to clean and disinfect. If you're not in love with this idea, you can always go for items in leather or pleather. Though these materials can be scratched, they are virtually strain-resistant and easy to clean and maintain.

Ditch your old area rug for a trendy new indoor-outdoor rug. These rugs are designed for outdoor use but chic enough for indoor use, and they're designed for longevity. Easy to clean and made from stain-resistant fabrics, these rugs can easily be washed in the event of a pet-related accident.


Make It Machine Washable


From pillow covers and bedding to your window treatments, being able to pop it directly into the washing machine is a huge perk. Countless stores sell separate pillow covers and duvet covers—simply strip them off, wash and put them back on your pillows and comforter. Extend this theme to your window treatments, too, and opt for simple, easy-to-clean fabrics. You may wish to keep these out of your pet's reach, too.


They Can't Ruin It if They Can't Get a Hold of It


The best policy a pet-friendly household can adopt is the "out of sight, out of mind" concept. Keep temptation out of your furry friends' reach and move destructibles into drawers, closets or other storage areas. Instead, entice them with their own treats. Keep a pet toy box somewhere in your house, filled with goodies and toys for whenever boredom strikes. Stash their favorite products inside to avoid clutter while keeping it accessible for your pet.

What do you do to make your home pet friendly? Let us know in the comments below. We'd love to share your tips on To Dog With Love!


12 comments:

  1. So right, machine washable, and they can't get at it is our top two. Nice one. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. I can't even stand to buy clothes that can't be machine washed anymore! There's a bunch of dry clean only stuff in my closet… and they are going to stay there!

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  2. Right now our place is looking a bit bland as Bailie decided to take things off the coffee and end tables in the living room. Once she exits this phase, we can put stuff out again. We have a great vacuum as a Kuvasz sheds 24/7/365, lots of dog friendly places to lie down too.

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    1. I'm lucky Rocco's pretty short and can't reach stuff! But he can jump up on the dinning room table. Oh no! Bad doggie! (I'm sure I somehow taught him that when I taught him table in agility! hehe!)

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  3. We're learning the machine washable tip is a great one and makes cleaning much easier too. The hair with an Aussie is never ending though (short of shaving, which I don't think I'll ever do to her). I've decided that having a clean house all the time is pretty much a losing battle.

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  4. Those are great tips. We keep our couch and loveseat covered with sheets. Two sets for each so one can be washed bi-weekly. It's funny to notice most pet people's photos show sheets/covers over the sofas!

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    1. That is funny! I'm lucky to have a non-shedding dog, but the mess we have the biggest problem with is all the leaves, sticks and yard debris that Rocco drags in on his fur. He can hide a lot under all that coat!

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  5. Rocco, I am NOT offended that you used a photo of a black/tan Doxie. But very good advice. Love Dolly

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    1. heehee! It's a very cute doxie, just like you! :)

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  6. Great tips. We bought our fabric sofa before we welcomed our Pug Chowski into our home. I love the sofa however it doesn't love fur, nails or drool...

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  7. Machine washable, flooring and cleanable area rugs not carpets, covers on furniture, a rug cleaner ready to go in the closet, and reminding yourself how much you love them when they make a mess.

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