We love our dogs, but sometimes they can make some pretty big messes. Not surprisingly, cleaning up after them can sometimes get a little pricey. Here are some ideas on how your home can stay
How to keep your Tahoe-Truckee Home Clean Cheaply Even When You Have a Dog
We love our dogs, but sometimes they can make some pretty big messes. Not surprisingly, cleaning up after them can sometimes get a little pricey. Here are some ideas on how your home can stay sparkling without destroying your budget.
Keep Your Air Clean
Fur and dander are on more than your sofa and jeans. Both can get into the air we breathe if we aren't careful. If we stay on top of our cleaning practices, we have a better chance of keeping our air free of allergens. Yet, this is only one aspect of a strategy to keep the air clean. In addition to things like vacuuming and pet grooming, add an air purifier with a HEPA filter to your arsenal. These can help remove allergens such as dander out of the air and thereby our lungs. Of course, some filters are better than others, especially concerning pets, so get a purifier that suits your lifestyle and budget by comparing their different qualities.
The most important treatment for a stain is to get to it as quickly as possible and remove as much of it as you can. Let whatever cleaner you prefer to soak in for a bit. If it's an emergency and you don't have any stain remover available, use what you have around the home. If you have vinegar and baking soda, your best bet is to mix the two into a thick paste and rub it into your carpet. You may need to let it linger overnight before you vacuum it up.
Removing Dander and Saliva
Dander is one of the most difficult things to remove from your home, and saliva isn't much better. Because it's so small, it has a tendency to stick around, even if you replace carpets and repaint your walls. Professional cleaners are the best equipped to handle extreme issues, but that can be expensive. Instead, make daily cleaning part of your routine, and pay close attention to things you might overlook, like the corners of rooms. You may want to try anti-allergen detergent for cleaning clothes and fabrics as well, and washing in scalding water to fully rid the dander and saliva. If these allergens persist, you can replace your flooring with hardwood or tile, but this can be expensive, so try to clean regularly first.
No matter how many times we go over ourselves with a lint roller, there always seems to be more fur. To help, spritz yourself with anti-static cling spray, and then use your roller. This will make pet fur not cling so desperately to the fabric of your clothes. If you want to remove fur from pillow covers, blankets or heavier fabrics, put them into the dryer on low with some microfiber cloths. These will catch stray fur, and leave your garments looking clean. Otherwise, to reduce fur in general, vacuum, and make sure to spend time brushing your pet.
Smells can linger long after stains, fur and dander are gone. That doesn't mean, however, that we need to buy pricey cleaning agents to rid our homes of them. If you don't wash your dog's favorite things, like their bed or most-loved stuffed toys, then it's time to start. This may mean tossing them into the wash twice a week and adding baking soda to your detergent, but it can significantly cut down on unwanted smells. You can even leave small bowls full of coffee grounds in areas where unpleasant scents persist. Just be sure to put them on shelves that are high up; otherwise, your pup may turn those bowls into snacks.
Don't let your pup's messes exasperate your finances. We can have a clean home, with fresh air, even with the most excitable dog. By following a few steps, and making sure you get to accidents when they happen, you can keep your home in shipshape.
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