Whether your dog is calm or energetic, you should be prepared to deal with messy floors and distractions while cleaning. Here you’ll find a variety of practical tips and tools that will help you clean your floors even with your furry pals around.
Tip #1. Clean with an electrostatic broom
Rubber bristles could seem like a small difference between electrostatic and regular brooms, but they work very differently. Thanks to rubber electrostatic properties, dog hair (and other particles) get easily lifted and dragged.
You may have to get one, but their low cost and high effectiveness make it worth it.
Tip #2. Consider getting a pet vacuum cleaner
Specialized filters, bristles, and higher suction power make a pet vacuum cleaner the superior tool for removing dog hair. Besides leaving your floors free of fur, they also work like a charm on carpets!
Pet vacuum cleaners may be expensive, but they are a great option if you are already thinking of replacing your regular vacuum cleaner.
Tip #3. Clean stains ASAP
Even well-trained dogs have yucky accidents. Be prepared and assemble a few cleaning kits with pet wipes, towels, and a spray bottle with your cleaner of choice.
To ensure you’ll be able to clean the stains right away, keep each cleaning kit in strategic locations like the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. That way, you’ll always have one kit handy—and avoid going across your house whenever you need to clean a stain.
Tip #4. Get an enzyme-based cleaner
Using the most powerful cleaners in your pantry is tempting when a stain is smelly and gross. However, the alcohol, ammonia, and bleach in those products can harm your pet.
Instead, you can use enzyme-based cleaners, which are natural products containing enzymes that break down organic stains faster than other cleaning solutions. So, it removes tough pet messes while being safe for your dogs, floors, and carpets.
Tip #5. Tame your dog’s high energy before cleaning
Cleaning your floors from dog hair and pet stains is troublesome enough, but it gets even more annoying when your dogs choose mopping time to play around.
An easy way to calm an energetic dog is to take them for a walk. It doesn’t need to be a long walk, but be sure to let them have a relaxing (and tiring) time. Also, keep in mind that your dogs have different exercise needs.
Tip #6. Keep your dog busy during chores
Your dogs might be lovely, but as mentioned in the previous tip, not so much when trying to cross out “mopping” from your cleaning checklist. Keeping your dogs distracted while you’re cleaning is a great alternative to avoid them hindering you.
You can take them to a separate room with their toys and some snacks (to avoid them getting desperate), then close the door so they don’t come out. Preferably, place them in the room you’re going to clean next. That way, you can clean any mess they make as you go.
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