03 Oct How to Make Your Home an Easy-to-Clean Sanctuary for You — And Your Pets!
Whenever rainy and muddy weather rolls in, pet owners who like their homes squeaky clean are inevitably having headaches. Additionally, if your pet is still being potty-trained, that could bring about some trouble, too.
A clean home is a great thing, but it can be a challenge sometimes. With us leading such busy lives, anything that can save you some cleaning time is a great thing, especially when you have pets. Here’s how to make your home an easy-to-clean sanctuary, both for you and your pets:
Invest in Sensible Flooring
Flooring is a big part of how dirty or clean your home can get. For example, carpeting and muddy pets generally don’t make a nice combination. The same goes for hardwood flooring, which can easily get damaged by scratches or puddles. So, what is a good choice for a household with pets?
Tile would be your best easy-to-clean bet. Of course, with tile, you can be decorative and stylish at the same time. Tile is usually a staple in kitchens and bathrooms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative and place it in other areas as well. Tiled hallways are a good option when you have pets because you can wipe up any mud they track in.
Have a Mud-Proof Room
While we’re on the subject of tracking in mud, try to think strategically about coming inside with a pet that got dirty in the rain. The entryway is the ideal space to set up a dog-cleaning station, mainly when it’s tiled. The setup can be a simple as a couple of towels, wet wipes, water spray bottle for those little muddy paws, and a heavy doormat. You’ll save yourself and your pet a lot of stress if you don’t have to track through the entire house to get them to a bathroom where you can clean them off.
Consider Changing Your Sofa
Many pets cannot get enough of the sofa, which is usually a hair magnet. If so, it might be time to consider upgrading. Certain materials can accentuate the slightest stains, hold pet odors and overall be way too difficult to keep clean. If your pets shed a lot, look for materials that have a color similar to their coat (and of course, groom them regularly.) Any tightly woven or leather materials would be a good choice for the living room sofa, especially if your pets spend a lot of time on it. Alternatively, cover your couch with a material that you can wash when necessary.
Get a Good Vacuum Cleaner
Depending on how much your pets shed hair, you might have to vacuum pretty frequently. A good, reliable vacuum cleaner makes that process much more manageable. Look for something that can pull hair out of fabric materials, so that you can vacuum up everything. Keeping your house clean with a heavy shedder is a challenge, which is why you may need something extra strong.
Our homes should be our sanctuaries and places of relaxation, both for us and our pets. It is why it’s incredibly helpful when you opt for solutions that make it easier to clean. The best part is that you don’t have to compromise on appearance — pet-friendly flooring and furniture still looks great.