If you’ve recently rescued a dog, it’s time to focus on how you’re going to keep the house clean whilst you provide a loving and safe home for them to settle into. You’ve taught the kids how to be responsible pet owners, and you can’t wait for the dog to grow up with them, and now you need to work out a cleaning rota.
Because puppies can be very messy, and adult dogs can be too, so it’s good to get into the habit right now! So, without further ado, here are some ideas to keep in mind about house cleanliness, and just how easy it can be to maintain once you’ve become a dog-loving household.
Get Your Hands on a Good Stain Remover
Dogs, especially puppies, can leave a lot of stains behind them. Puppies are getting to know their surroundings and learning what it means to be a dog, and that means they’re going to track all sorts indoors when they head outside.
An adult dog has a bit more spacial awareness, but they can still get overly excited when they are taken for walks or out into the garden, and might still step in that patch of mud or bit of fox poo you were hoping they’d avoid!
So you’re going to need a good stain remover in the cupboard, to apply to any sections of carpet, bedsheets, or sofa covering when you spot a patch of something. Make sure it’s enzyme-based, to make sure it really soaks in and also eliminates any associated smells too. Most pet stores carry these types of cleaners, so get to know the hygiene section the next time you go shopping.
Invest in a Robo-Vacuum
You can’t always be around to vacuum up the pet hair that covers your floor and your furniture, and there’s a good chance you won’t be able to stay on top of how much shed your dog experiences even if you did whip out the extended nozzle every 5 minutes!
So instead, let an automated robot solution do the work for you. You can just attend to the sofa and the cushions when you really need to.
When it comes to devising ways to clean up pet hair, you can always bet on a robo-vacuum to go the extra mile for you. After all, they’re always moving, recharging quickly before they’re off again, and they need very little input from you.
You can even pair them with your phone to make sure you can keep an eye on where the robot is going, and you can direct it to the most hair prone areas of your home when it’s missed them.
Cover the Sofa
The sofa is quite probably your new puppy’s favorite spot. They love to climb up there, even with their little legs having trouble making such a jump, and they love to snuggle up with you in front of the telly.
And whilst they’re doing all of this and looking like such a little cutie, they’re getting hair everywhere! And your sofa is going to look a lot worse for wear because of this, but what can you do?
Of course, you could train your dog to stay on the floor or to get on their own bed, but dogs love to snuggle, and there’s no guarantee your dog is going to listen to this command all the time.
So, cover up your sofa instead! You can get specially made sofa covers to keep pet hair off of them, and you can get them in all kinds of colors as well, so you won’t be dimming the aesthetic value of your living room either.
Buy the Right Dog Bed
Dog beds can be a really cute item to shop for; they come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be made of all types of materials. They can be soft or firm, be of a leathery texture or be as soft as one of your old teddy bears. Either way, you can be really indecisive over dog beds, and finding the right one for your dog may take some time.
But it’s key to keep a few things in mind when you’re out shopping for dog beds. First of all, make sure you take the cleaning factor into account – that super soft and fluffy dog bed you’ve got your heart set on is going to be a stinker to try and clean on a regular basis, whereas that more silky and simple dog bed is going to be much, much easier to keep clean.
Then think about the kind of dog you’ve got at home. What kind of materials do they seem to enjoy? Because even if they do love something soft and fluffy, it’ll be much easier to buy them a fluffy blanket that you can just put into the wash when you need to, rather than buy a dog bed that won’t fit into the washing machine!
Bathe Your Dog Regularly
Bathing your dog can be a double-edged sword. It’s a good idea not to bathe your dog on a daily or even weekly basis – doing so can strip their skin of the necessary oils to keep their coats healthy, and you could be making your dog sick if you bathe them more than a vet recommends.
But it is also key to give your dog a bath on as regular a basis as you can, seeing as their hair will get all over the house otherwise.
Make sure you can rub shed out in the bath or shower, and make sure you’re using the right shampoo for their more delicate skin underneath their coat. Your dog will be a lot more comfortable after a bath with the right soaps, and they’ll also smell a lot fresher too!
Staying on top of keeping your house clean, when you’ve got a dog to mess it up, doesn’t have to be impossible! Follow these tips.