Friday, 18 March 2016

How To Deal With Pet Cleaning Problems?

A pet is a member of your family that is always happy to see you and will bring you many years of joy and happiness. Spending quality time with them is important as they love playing with you or simply cuddling up. However, owning a pet also means that you have to be liable to a lot of responsibilities. We all love our pets but they will leave messes behind and we should face off the fact that we have to take care of cleaning them. Read on and check our list of cleaning tips and tricks to help you keep your home spick and span despite the all the fur flying around.
  • How to clean the dirty cage of your hamster or rabbit? Try wiping down the cage on daily basis with a slightly damp paper towel. By doing this you will keep the dust and grimes away and no solid dirt buildups will form which will make your deep cleaning process easier. Make sure you dry the cage afterwards so no mould or rust occurs. When you perform the deep cleaning mix few drops of dish soap in warm water and scrub the entire cage with a nylon-bristled brush. Rinse it with the showerhead and dry it completely with paper towel. If the weather is suitable it’s even better to let the cage naturally dry in the sun.
  • How to clean a dirty pet bed? When you buy your pet a bed you should pick one with machine-washable covers and cushions. However, you should first vacuum it to clean the fur from it. You can also try removing pet hair with rubber gloves – just put them on and wipe with your hand and this will attract the hairs to the gloves. If you don’t want to treat your pet’s bed with chemical detergents you can also choose a natural way. As in many other tasks related to house cleaning, baking soda will be your true assistant for this one, too. Start by sprinkling a generous amount of it on the entire bed. If you want to add some freshness you can consider adding few drops of nicely-scented essential oil to a spray bottles filled with half a cup of water to form a diluted solution. Spray the whole bed lightly over the baking soda but don't make a paste out of it! Do a little research what essential oil will be safe for your pet – peppermint one is a good idea but just like people different pets may react differently so test whether they will be fine with the aroma.
  • How to deal with fur-covered furniture and carpets? Lint rollers will be your new best friends. Pet hair is unavoidable on your household furniture and using a lint roller is usually the easiest way to get rid of it. However, when it comes to carpet cleaning you can’t wipe the whole thing with the roller! Better use a rubber squeegee – the friction will push the fur into easily disposable piles. You can use the same baking soda method we mentioned above for your carpet. Sprinkle baking soda and spray with the diluted essential oil mixture and let it sit for few minutes. The baking soda loosens the hairs from the carpet fibers and will neutralise the odours. After that grab the vacuum cleaner and finish the task!
  • How to clean dirty toys and food bowls? It’s recommended to clean your pet’s toys once or twice a month in order to reduce dirt buildups. Most of the cloth toys can be thrown in the washing machine on a cold cycle but place them inside a pillowcase first. For hard chew toys and your pet’s bowls you can use the dishwasher or rinse them with hot soapy water thoroughly. Clean these more often are they are a hidden germ fest – you don’t want your pet to chew all this bacteria, right?
  • Alright, what should you do with a stained carpet? The fur issue seems to be a piece of cake when you have to deal with muddy paws on your carpet. In order to easily remove tracked-in mud, let it dry first. After that with a hard-bristle brush scrub the spot and vacuum up the dusty excess. The next step is to treat the stain with a little bit of laundry detergent and blot it with a damp cloth. If you have to clean a fresh urine stain, put some old newspapers or paper towels and absorb as much as you can. Apply a solution of a quarter teaspoon dish soap and a cup of warm water using a cotton cloth. If you are dealing with old pet stains use enzyme-based cleaner.
  • What to do with a stinky litter box? It’s essential to scoop out your pet waste everyday as they can carry a lot of harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites and of course, odours. Perform a full cleaning once or twice a month – dump all the old litter and scrub the pan with a nylon-bristle brush and hot soapy water. Rinse generously after that and let it fully dry. It is advisable to place mat or a small rug in front of the litter box to collect the litter scatter so your cat doesn’t spread it around the house.
Now you know how you can deal easily with pet cleaning issues. Of course, don’t forget to bathe and groom your pet regularly. Having the tips above in mind will make the maintenance of your home in a neat condition an easily accomplished mission!

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