It’s possible. We promise.
1. First, groom
A well-groomed pet is a clean pet, and a clean pet means a clean house. Brush your dog or cat a few times a week (at least) to keep their fur-shedding to a minimum, wash them regularly (dogs should be washed once a month, or when they’re dirty) and keep their nails trimmed (to avoid damage to your floors, doors, furniture and so on).
2. Then, train
An active dog is a tired dog, and a tired dog will be less likely to chew your furniture/wee on your rug/claw their way through your laundry. So take your dog for regular walks (at least once a day for most breeds) to give them an adequate chance to move and get tired. And when they’re home alone, leave them with easily accessible chew toys (to discourage them from chewing things like your shoes…)
3. Choose furniture wisely
We get it: you love your cat… but you also love your lounge. When you live with a furry friend, think about your furniture wisely. Choose leather that’s labelled “semi-aniline” (it’s treated for extra protection), or fabrics like microsuede or microfibre. On the labels, look for words like “high grade” or “tightly woven” — these products will be more durable in the face of Fido. And if your mutt loves sleeping on your sofa (and not in her bed), place a towel or rug on the spot she loves, so you can easily remove it… and her hair. Lint rollers also work a treat on fabric lounges.
4. Invest in a good vacuum
A good vacuum with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter will help immensely when it comes to cleaning up pet fur. For hardwood and tiled floors, choose an electrostatic mop (like a Swiffer) — on these surfaces, vacuums will simply blow the fur around.
5. Work quickly on stains
Some stains (like dog urine, for instance) can permanently change the colour of your carpet, so act quickly. Blot as much as you can with a clean white towel, and then use a mix of clear dishwashing liquid (about a quarter of a teaspoon) and warm water to blot the rest of the stain. Rinse with another round of warm water-blotting and leave to dry.
A few other hints:
- Cats love to explore, so always wipe down counters with an antibacterial solution before prepping food.
- Put a placemat under your pet’s water or food bowl to easily clean up spills.
- If your dog frequently does their business inside, talk to your vet. They may recommend a trainer.
- Repeat after us: litter boxes can never be too clean. Ensure you scoop out any mess at least twice a day, and then clean it thoroughly at least once every ten days.