Keeping Your Home Clean With Pets

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It’s important to remove dog fur from all items in your home. Why? Because fur, dander, saliva, and other animal residue can build up and become an irritant over time, aggravating allergies and causing people to cough or sneeze—or just making your home look unappealing to potential buyers.

Some of these items you’ll need to clean include furniture, carpets, and even clothes you have stored in your closet. But there’s good news! Removing the fur on a sofa is relatively simple. And you don’t have to worry about taking out a second mortgage to keep your home clean. Carey Scott at Prestige Property Brokers shares how to get your home clean and ready for guests - or potential buyers.

How to Remove Dog Hair

Sweep: You can sweep up excess hair with a broom and dustpan. The best time to sweep to help keep the hair to a minimum is early in the morning after your dog has been outside.

Vacuum: You can use your vacuum cleaner to help remove any loose hair that might be on your carpets or furniture. While you’re vacuuming, make sure you are also vacuuming up dander.

Air It Out: Letting fresh air into your home is one of the easiest ways to eliminate odors. If you live somewhere hot and humid, try opening windows or turning on fans for about 30 minutes each day. If you live somewhere cold, use a space heater if possible.

Clean the Hairs Off of Your Furniture: You can use rubber gloves and soft scrubbing pads to help remove hair from your furniture without damaging it.

How to Remove Odors

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on products to remove odors from your home. There are natural and inexpensive ways to make your home smell pet-less.

One way is by using products with bacteria. This product will help eliminate the odor that comes from animals, like dogs and cats. Simply spray the area with the offending smell, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then vacuum it up. You can also use baking soda to help absorb bad smells from carpets or mattresses.

How to Remove Dander

There are many things you can do to remove dander and odors. You can use a vacuum cleaner, wash your floors with vinegar, and wipe down surfaces with a wet cloth. If your pup is shedding, try clumping hair together into big chunks before vacuuming. This method will make it easier for the vacuum to pick up the hair.

You can also try using baking soda to collect dog hair. Sprinkle some on the floor and let it sit for a few hours. Then sweep up the hair-filled baking soda for easy disposal.

If you have a dog that is considered hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed much, you may feel like they aren’t producing as much dander or that they are cleaner. The truth is that they still produce dander and that fluffy fur will still bring in allergens. It’s best to keep your dog trimmed and bathed regularly. You can find high quality dog clippers online and take on the grooming yourself. You can pair these with veterinarian-reviewed pet shampoos to keep your pooch looking and smelling great, while also controlling your allergies.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Everyone knows that dog hair can get everywhere. If you have hardwood floors, then it might be time to take a look at them and see if they need a good cleaning. One way to do this is to sweep the floor with a broom and dustpan.

From there, use a vacuum with a pet hair attachment to suck up any leftover hair. You will also want to wipe down your hardwoods for any residual dirt or debris that might be left behind. The last thing you want is hair stuck in the grout between your floorboards.

Caring for Your Pet and Your Home

Your dog is a member of the family, and it’s natural to want to take the best care of them. But it’s also important to keep their fur, dander, saliva, and smells under control so you and your guests can enjoy the visit. Choose great smelling dog shampoo and use clippers on your low-shedding breeds, and do your best to keep your home free of allergens. And if you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, contact Realtor Carey Scott at Prestige Property Brokers to get your move started.

 

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