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Housecleaning Hacks for Pet Owners

August 1, 2015

Pets are an important part of our lives, and are often considered to be furry family members. Our four-legged pals certainly enrich our lives with their love, loyalty, and friendship. Pets can create a bit more work for you on the housecleaning front, however, as all that dust, fur, and food does require some attention. In this article, a Leesburg, VA vet offers some great housecleaning hacks for pet owners.

Remove Pet Fur

Did you know that a squeegee works wonderfully for removing pet fur from carpets and furniture? Another trick for this is to put on housecleaning gloves and use them to wipe down a sofa.

Bust Stains

Even the best-trained dog may have accidents now and then. Use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and just a little bit of dish soap to get urine stains out of your carpet.

Dust Before Vacuuming

When you dust, inevitably, some dust particles will fall to the floor. By dusting before you vacuum, you’ll ensure that you’re getting more of the dust and dander.

Paw Towels

To keep Fido from tracking in dirt and mud, keep a paw towel near the door, and wipe off your canine pal’s paws when you bring him inside.

Invest In Air Filters

A good air filter can make a huge difference in eliminating dust and allergens, such as pet dander, and will keep your home smelling fresh.

Keep Dishes Clean

Put a placemat down beneath your pet’s dishes to help keep spills off the floor. Just wash the mat when you wash your furry friend’s dishes, and replace as needed.

Drool Buster

Is your pup a heavy drooler? Putting a bandana on your furry pal will help keep at least some of his saliva from hitting the floor.

Toy Cleaning

To wash hard toys, put them in the dishwasher and run them through a cycle. Don’t add detergent; the hot water will clean and sanitize them. Remember to replace them when they get worn!

Baby Blankets

If Fido’s bed is too large to put in the washer, and doesn’t have a removable cover, put a baby blanket on top of it, and wash it regularly.

Do you have any questions about your pup’s health or care? Is Fido due for shots or an exam? Please feel free to contact us, your local Leesburg, VA veterinary clinic. We are always happy to help!