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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cleaning Up After a Pet

In August, we welcomed this little girl into our family:

Her name is Macy, and she is a rescue dog.  The process to adopt a rescue dog through the organization we chose was a bit involved.  There was the application, the background check, the references, and then finally we started meeting dogs.  But the biggest hurdle was Matt; Gray and I had to do some tall talking to get him to agree to a pet.  One of his reasons for voting against a pet was the mess it would possibly create.  Knowing what a clean freak I am, he was worried that I would drive myself even crazier trying to keep our house spotless.

While it’s true that I am a clean freak, I actually think I’ve handled the addition of Macy’s messiness quite well, and I don’t think I’m having to clean more than I did before.  Here are some tips to keep your home clean while having pets.   
  • Stop dirt at the door.  We leave an old towel hanging on a hook in the mudroom, and we wipe her feet whenever she comes in. 
  • Grooming.  I read that brushing your dog a couple times a week can help reduce shedding.  Brushing your dog outside will keep you from having to clean up the mess inside and will also help with airborne allergens.
  • Cover your furniture.  Or better yet, keep your pets off the furniture.  I know that can be a challenge, but we’ve trained Macy to stay off the sofa.  I will admit, however, that if I’m going to be gone less than an hour, I’ll leave her out in the house instead of putting her in her kennel and will throw an old sheet over the sofa in case she’s tempted.  Also, if you have dog hair on your furniture, try using a lint roller to remove it.
  • Dust, vacuum, and mop regularly.  While it would make sense to vacuum and mop regularly as pets typically mean more mess on the floor; but pets also increase the amount of dust in our homes.  If I look carefully around, I can see a few Macy hairs on the side tables and piano in our living room.  Dust first and then clean your floors; some dust will end up on the floor and vacuuming or mopping will pick up the remainder.
  • Tackle accidents immediately.  We’ve actually addressed this issue before, so here are links to blog posts on how to clean up pet urine and pet poo.
One final tip – A Cleaner World recommends that you have your rugs professionally cleaned every 12 – 18 months to keep your rugs looking great, but if you have pets, and especially if your pets have had a few accidents, you may want to have your rugs cleaned a little more often.  If you have questions about this, please feel free to give Greg a call at 336-804-0045.

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