Written by Melody Thacker, Independent Watkins Associate on August 13, 2006
Cleaning, General, News, Simplify
We are pet lovers, as are millions of other North Americans. Keeping your house clean with a pet or two in the family can be a challenge. Pet hair, dirt, muddy paws and accidents are all a fact of life when you are a pet owner. Here are a few ideas to simplify keeping house with pets.
Only allow your pet into certain rooms of your home to contain dirt and hair to a small area rather than let them roam freely. My parents didn’t allow our dogs into the carpeted areas of our house. This kept the carpets clean much longer. Our dogs were well trained and knew they were not allowed on the carpet. They were happy to have the run of the rest of the house. My friend only allows her dogs into the mud room which makes the daily sweeping quick and easy. We keep the door closed to the spare bedroom to keep the cat out, she loves to sleep on that bed when we aren’t looking and leaves dirt and hair behind.
Another solution is to have your dog’s bed near the door so if he or she comes indoors with dirty paws they can curl up on their bed until they are dried off and cleaner. Our dogs go directly to their bed when they come inside so any dirt and hair is contained in their bedding. Depending on the weather their bedding needs a quick shake outdoors regularly and washing every few weeks or so. You can also use an old towel to wipe muddy paws at the door. If paws are really muddy rinse them in a small bucket of warm water and dry them with an old towel.
If your dog or cat prefers to sleep on your bed or upholstered furniture cover their favorite nap location with a towel or small blanket that can be easily washed.
For smaller pets like hamsters place their cage inside a low sided box to contain shavings they kick out of their cage when playing.
Our feathered friends seem to love to spread their seeds and feathers everywhere. Place their food dish as low as possible in their cage. A pretty fabric enclosure will help keep the flying debris inside the cage.
Oops, accidents do happen when you have pets!
To remove any unpleasant odors left behind when your pet has an accident use Watkins Pet Odor Eliminator, it works wonders. This safe, natural based bacterial digestant attacks odors at the source. Just spray on the accident scene to permanently eliminate odors. Great for eliminating cat urine odors indoors and out.
For accidents on carpets use Watkins Stain Pro Rug Cleaner, itâ€™s safe for use on any rug or carpet, even “stain-resistant” carpets. The anionic surfactants and cultivated bacterial strains dissolve and digest tough stains and odors left by food and other organic sources such as pet urine, vomit or feces. We use Watkins rug cleaner when training our puppies to prevent them from returning to the same spot to do their business.
Pets are part of the family but they donâ€™t have to cause you a lot of extra house work. Theyâ€™ll be happy to stay in their place, love them and enjoy them!