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It can be tricky to keep a clean home when you have pets. I know this to be true because we have a lot of pets in our home. We have eight pets! Yes, 8! We have two cats, two dogs, three turtles and a hamster.
Many of you probably have some pets, probably not as many as us and I thought I would put together some of the tricks and tips that we have found really helpful in having a tidy home with lots of pets.
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- Get use to vacuuming.
This will be a very import step especially if you have pets that shed. Our older dog is the queen of shedding and we need to pull out the vacuum multiple times a week. At least three or four days a week in the main areas of the home and the master bedroom since that’s where she spends the majority of her time.
You also want to get a good vacuum that can keep up with the task and is easy to use. If it was difficult or a hassle to use we wouldn’t want to do it and then it would lead to more hair and issues.
We use to have a Dyson and they are great vacuums and ours lasted around ten years so it was a great investment. When it died though earlier this year we weren’t in the position financially to get a new one. So we did some research and found this one that works great and does the job.
By far regular vacuuming is what helps us to keep up with having pets and still having a tidy home. With our dog who non-stop sheds plus the other pets who shed as well if we don’t run the vacuum ever couple days at least the floors look horrible and it’s a mess. So depending on how many pets you have and the type will determine how often you will need to.
2. Using a carpet cleaner
Our home is mainly carpeted and although our pets go to the bathroom where they are supposed to most of the time it doesn’t always work out that way. Especially when we got our puppy. The first few months were a challenge of getting him to go outside and be house trained.
So having a carpet cleaner really helped out during those months of getting him trained. We could clean up the carpet or any spots on furniture right after he went on it. I love having our own carpet cleaner and we use it all the time so it is worth having when you have pets and kids running around.
3. Clean out their spaces regularly
For different pets, these spaces will be different. In our home, this is the turtles tank, the hamster’s cage, and the litter boxes for the cat. The cat’s and dogs go about the house but the turtles and hamster are mostly in their areas.
So it’s important to keep those spaces clean. It’s important for the pets to have clean space to live in as well as it will begin to smell and dirty the home if I let them get too dirty.
So we regularly clean up all the spaces. It can be a lot of work to keep up all the pets spaces. We made a commitment to having pets though so we do the work.
4. Have realistic expectations
I think if you have pets you need to be realistic that they come with a mess, especially when they are young. That means accidents in the house, toys out, chewing on things. It will take time to break them of bad behaviors and teach them to behave. Our puppy is just over one-year-old and he has really improved in the last few months but he is still learning.
I’m aware that by having all these pets we have to expect to clean up after them and frequently vacuum and clean carpets. As well as our home as the distinct smell of a home that has pets. It’s something we work on a lot, though.
So if you don’t have pets and are thinking of getting one or more. Then be realistic and know that they come with a mess especially in the beginning. So go into it knowing that and being aware that you will have to add some extra work to your cleaning routine.
My home is always going to smell and look like it has pets in it because we do. I don’t have a problem with that. Just like my home is going to have my daughter’s stuff around. I expect it and try to make things look decent and be clean but our home is lived in and used.
5. Figure out how to mask the smells of having pets
The main way to deal with smells is to deal with the mess. If the home is cleaned a lot especially the floors and any blankets left on couches and stuff that help a lot with the smell but it doesn’t cover up everything.
We have tried a lot of different products to help neutralize and cover up pet smells. I thought I would share what has worked well for us.
We really like this stain remover and odor remover. This one has a really pleasant orange scent and works great on carpeting. It really helps us when dealing with puppy accidents.
Then we also use this air freshener. I like to try to give this a few sprays in the living spaces when I know that someone is coming over for a visit. It just gives a nice and fresh scent without being too strong and overpowering.
I really hope that these tips for dealing with the messes that come along with being a pet owner prove helpful for you. I love having pets and they are a big part of our family. So it’s worth keeping up with the tasks of cleaning so that they are comfortable and happy and our home doesn’t get too dirty.