No matter how much we love our pets, cleaning up after them can be a nuisance. Who wouldn’t like a magic wand to remove drool stains from their couch or pet hair from their carpet? Cleaning up after a pet doesn’t have to be an obstacle course, though. Here are some sensible ways to simplify pet cleanup:
Brush your cat or dog regularly to keep shedding to a minimum. If you live in a warm climate you can trim your pet’s fur, but don’t trim too much or your pet could get sunburned.
When you vacuum your home, pay special attention to your pet’s crate, bed, or regular napping spot. Try out a special vacuum with specially designed brushes for removing pet hair, pet dander, and dirt from carpets, upholstery, and more (we like the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser series).
Attend to potty accidents pronto (especially if you have a cat, because cat urine is more concentrated—and thus more likely to stain—than dog urine). Absorb as much of the moisture as possible with old towels, being careful to blot instead of rub, before applying an enzymatic carpet solution.