This post is by guest author Pam Summers, dogetiquette.info.
We know you love your dog, but what you may not love is the mess he leaves behind. As cute and cuddly as pups can be, you can’t deny that they leave a trail in their wake. From clumps of fur to musty odors to the occasional stain via accident, there are plenty of ways for Fido to wreak havoc around the home. Instead of calling the pound, you can keep up your home’s pristine appearance and keep your pup with these helpful tips.
Removing Pet Fur
It may not be screaming infidelities, but your dog’s hair is still everywhere. The best way to keep it in control is by regularly grooming your pup. Your dog’s particular grooming needs depends on his hair, coat type, and even your location. If your short-haired pup still sheds like crazy, you can ask his groomer about carding (also called furminating) that will reduce shedding. Dogs with double coats go through a major shedding with the changing of the seasons. Long-haired dogs — especially those with curly and wavy coats — are prone to matting and shedding, so a regular grooming every month to three months is required.
You can control the amount with grooming, but there will still be tufts of hair somewhere in your home that needs removal. Keep a vacuum cleaner within easy reach to do quick daily cleanups of furniture and upholstery. Make sure to do your research and to find the best vacuums for removing pet hair.
Eliminating Pet Odors
Even if your dog is good about going potty outside, he’s likely to bring odors back inside with him. If you can’t seem to shake off that dog smell in your house, make room in your schedule for a deep clean that involves every soft surface and some of the hard ones in your home, as well. You probably know that you should have your carpets cleaned and shampooed, but did you know that your hard surface floors can hold onto lingering odors, as well? Don’t forget to do a thorough sweep and mop in the kitchen, bathroom, and any other rooms with hard surface floors that your pup probably plays on.
Furthermore, make sure to wash all your linens — especially your dog’s bed! Use an odor-eliminating laundry detergent and consider drying each item with a wool ball scented with your favorite essential oil to fill your home with freshness.
Getting Rid of Pet Stains
Nobody’s perfect, so you can’t expect your dog to be. If your pup has an accident in the house, treat the stain right away so you can both move on from the embarrassing mishap. Instead of using harsh and possibly toxic cleaning products, try making your own stain remover with common household ingredients.
- Two cups white vinegar and four tablespoons of baking soda mixed in a spray bottle and diluted with two cups distilled water dissolves even old stains while neutralizing odor.
- After soaking a new spot up with paper towels, sprinkle a handful of baking soda over it to absorb odor and extra moisture. Next, pour a combination of a half cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon of dish soap over the spot and scrub with a brush or cloth. Let the mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes before vacuuming up.
- Create a natural enzymatic cleaner by combining seven tablespoons of brown sugar, one and a half cups of citrus peels, and a liter of distilled water in a bottle or clear container large enough to hold it all. Let it sit with the cap loose to make sure the gasses don’t build up, which can lead to a rupture. Product is ready to use after three months.
It’s possible to have a dog and a sparkling clean home. Regular grooming can help control shedding, but also keep a handheld vacuum ready and waiting to bust tufts as they appear. Clean floors get rid of that funky dog odor — but don’t just stop at the carpet. Hard surface floors can hold onto odor, too. Finally, remove stains with natural cleaners that keep your carpet pristine without putting your pup at risk.