Spring is just around the corner and we have a question for you….Do you really spring clean? Do you do this once a year, once a month or once a week? With pets at home, cleaning can be quite a project, but with the right tools, tips and ideas, it is not so bad. One thing we will say is a true, deep clean once a year is really a good idea, but after a crazy start to 2020 and the threat of Coronavirus and other illnesses looming, planning a deep clean is a great idea.
By deep cleaning, we mean moving furniture; shaking out rugs; washing curtains; cleaning toys; sanitizing pet bedding and clothes; washing human coats, sweaters, blankets, pillows and washing items that are rarely washed, but we often come in contact. Sunlight is actually a great way to rid many of these items from germs and a good choice when washing with soap and water is just not an option. Choose a sunny day for cleaning and take hard to wash items and expose them to sunlight and you will clean them naturally. We love this article Sunlight Can Help Kill Germ are some pet home spring cleaning tips that will make the whole process easier.
Before you get started with the house, taking care of your pet is your number one priority. Make an appointment for a spa day for your pets or give them a bath and some tlc. For Pet Grooming Products and Tips, visit us on Pinterest. With kids home for Spring Break or to social distancing, add Spring Cleaning to the to do list and get the entire family involved, cleaning the house top to bottom.
Opening the house is a great way to start your Spring Cleaning. If your dog loves to run, make sure they are secure, give them a day with a friend or at your local pet daycare to ensure they are safe and sound while you embark on a cleaning day. With the fear of Coronavirus, the flu and other viruses, opening the house is a great way to let nature help by clearing things out with fresh air.
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Pet Home Spring Cleaning Tips
1. Get a Pet-Friendly Vacuum Cleaner
Invest in a vacuum designed for pets. Finding the right vacuum for a pet home can be a bit challenging and we know that not all vacuums are created equal, but when it comes to picking up pet hair, dander and what the animals carry in, having the right one is really important. Here are few things you definitely want to look for: bagless, furniture accessories, lightweight (what you can handle), designed for pet hair (when noted) and a good strong pull.
Here are our favorites and why:
Top Vacuums for Pet Homes
Our top upright vacuums for pet homes are all very highly rates, they do what they say they will do and should each be great investments for help you keep your pet hair at bay.
Dyson Ball Animal Vacuum – this is our top pick because it has all the bells and whistles. It has the Dyson technology and was designed specifically for animals and allergens making it a win win. A little on the pricy side, but we think this one is well worth it.
Miele Dynamic Powerlight Upright Vacuum – another great choice, this quality vacuum. Ideal for homes with pet hair, those with allergies and excess mess from pet play. Made in Germany, this unit is sophisticated and does a great job.
Hoover Pet Vacuum – the most affordable choice and still very highly rated. This is a great choice for pet homes on a budget or if you are not ready to make a big investment in a heavy duty pet vacuum. You will be very happy with this option.
There are many brands on the market, lots of different quality options and different styles of upright vacuums. We encourage you to read the reviews, look at the questions and answers and ask some of your own if you are not sure. Having a great vacuum you can rely on is one of the most important ways to keep you pet home in great shape. If you want to explore more options here are other Top Rated Vacuums according to Amazon Reviews and Customer Feedback.
2. Pet-Friendly Carpet and Rug Cleaner
For homes with carpets and rugs, even if they hide the pet stains and dirt need to be cleaned a minimal of once a year. You can rent a carpet cleaner or invest in personal cleaner that will help you keep carpets clean year round.
The BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Full Size Upright Carpet Cleaner is our top choice. It works with hot water and together with the cleaners, does a great job cleaning rugs and carpets. it is easy to fill, easy to clean and gets the job done. While there are more professional versions, a lightweight, easy to use option makes it much easier to use for quick jobs and for larger rooms to clean.
3. Bed and Furniture Vacuum
For those who share their beds with their furry friends (we are not afraid to admit we do!!!), deep cleaning the bed is a great idea. Cleaning the sheets, blankets and comforters is very important. Most local Laundromats offer same day cleaning services and have large capacity washers to help you wash larger and heavier bedding. You can do it yourself or bring your own soap, as many offer the service of washing for your. While the bedding is being cleaned, take the time to vacuum the mattress to rid it of pet and people dander. This bed vacuum is a great choice and was designed to get the job done.
Not only will this clever machine help you with the mattresses, you can also use it on furniture, ottomans, pet bedding, pillows, stuffed animals and other similar home decor items.
4. Hardwood Floor Cleaners
Keeping hardwood floors looking amazing with heavy pet traffic can be a challenge, but it is worth it if you love hardwood floors as much as we do. Here are a few products that will help you get the job done for quick clean ups and for the big Spring Clean. Keep in mind, no matter what you use, make sure it is non-toxic and pet-friendly.
Pet stains can hide on floors and in carpets. Using a UV Flashlight will help you locate urine and other stains that you will want to remove. This will not only remove the stain, but help you to eliminate odors as well.
6. Odor Eliminators
With so many options from candles to sprays and from plug-ins to mists, finding what works for you and your home can be a little tricky. Keeping things as clean and natural as possible.
Candles are a good choice for homes with pet odors and for candle loving people. It is really important that you only burn candles that are eco-friendly and do not emit chemicals of any kind. You also want to make sure that your pets cannot reach the candle and cause harm to themselves. If you are concerned in any way, don’t use candles in your home.
Odor Eliminating Sprays
Plug-in and electric Pet Odor Eliminator
When it comes to other household cleaners for the windows, furniture, etc. choose carefully and read the labels. You don’t want to take a chance of your pet licking or breathing in toxins. Another great tip for spring cleaning is to use the time t check filters, replace lightbulbs and change batteries on detectors. For more Pet-Friendly cleaning tools, supplies and equipment, visit us on Pinterest.
Amazon is a great place to learn about the products you use or deciding on new cleaners. We encourage you to read the reviews, read the ingredients, ask questions and read the answers. The more educated you are about the products you use to clean your home the safer your pets and people will be. We embrace the Amazon affiliate program because it allows us to recommend what we have tried and love and it also lets our followers make informed decisions on what will work best for them. If you ever have questions about the products we recommend please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please note that the tips, products and suggestions made are based on search, personal experience and verifying reviews. While our ideas to not cure disease or offer a quick fix to rid your home of germs, they are here to help guide you. Please use recommendations and what you feel is right in all instances. Take care of you and your family and while many are staying home, it is a great time to grab the family and plan a day of Spring Cleaning!!!