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.
To minimize the amount of dirt tracked into your house, quickly rub down dogs with a towel after walks, making sure to include their paws. This step is especially important on rainy days, when mud, water, and who knows what else, easily clings to fur.
How long has your pet been wearing that collar? Collars get dirty and can cause discomfort or even allergies for your pet, not to mention that filthy collars can smell foul. Most can be laundered in the washing machine; wash on delicate to be safe and allow to air dry instead of sticking in the dryer. Leather collars should be wiped clean regularly with a damp cloth or leather cleaner. Replace collars that are worn out or don’t function well anymore.
Those deterred by the prospect of pet messes should weigh the benefits against the drawbacks and consider welcoming a four-legged friend, guardian, or snuggle buddy into their home this fall. Pets may require a good deal of cleaning up after, but they’re more than worth it!
By Kristen Levine for TAILS