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No matter how well trained accidents will happen. Be prepared in advance: Dog Poop & Urine Removal
Vacuuming should be done at the rate of once a week for each individual or large pet in the family. 3 people plus 1 average dog (50 lbs+) equals vacuuming every other day. Week-ends when everyone is at home vacuum once a day. This is not deep cleaning type vacuuming, just all open spaces in the busy rooms and bedrooms where a pet is allowed open access.
Flat floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped daily. Using one of the wide dustmops takes almost no time since they cover so much area so quickly.
Pets all have a favorite place to rest and if that area is on a piece of furniture then there should be a covering, such as a towel, placed in that spot. Remove and wash at least once a week.
If your pet sleeps on the bed, mine do, I do recommend keeping bedroom doors closed to limit access during the day, this will reduce the need to vacuum frequently. With dogs I am able to use simple baby gates that are leaned against the door. I place an old queen/king sheet over the bedding, especially my comforter and duvet cover. I change/wash this cover weekly, when changing sheets, and freshen the duvet and cover with Febreze. If your pet is smaller and has a definite location on the bed a towel, rug or small blanket might work.
At the door your pet uses, most often, keep old towels and teach them to wait to have their feet dried to remove morning dew, rain and even mud. In the winter consider keeping a small pail handy that can be filled with water to remove salt from their feet if they walk on salt treated roads and walks.
Never use ammonia based products for pet cleanup as they smell like urine
Is minor to major destructive behavior your problem causing you to have to clean up destroyed belongings frequently? Consider crate training your dog for those times that you must be away from home. Good article on Crate Training .
In your most lived in room provide a *bed* for your pet. I recommend a blanket or rug instead of the traditional big stuffed dog beds sold in numerous places. The blanket or rug can be washed frequently to remove odor, the fancy dog bed rarely, if at all.
If your pet has longer fur purchase a small plastic garden rake and quickly rake your carpet before using a vacuum. This *raking* will reduce maintenance on your vacuum's power head and roller bar because less long fur will wrap around it causing belt breakage.
If you are combating fur build up on your upholstery, buy a squeegee with a rubber edge and *squeegee* your furniture. The fur will literally roll off the material. BTW this works great on auto upholstery too! I like one that is about 15-18 inches wide for faster removal. This is absolutely the best method I have ever found to remove fur from upholstery! It even pulls ultra short fur that weaves into the fabric, like Dobermans and Dachshunds have, out of tweed type materials.
If you know you have old *pet accidents* and want to take steps to eliminate them purchase an ultra-violet light, turn your lights off, and shine the light systematically over all the carpet areas. Stains will quite literally jump out at you. Mark in some manner, chalk would be a good marker, so you can locate once the lights come back on. Now you can treat with Petastic according to the directions and the stains will be gone. You might have to treat more aggressively with the same product to remove the smell. DO NOT STEAM CLEAN until you are confident the stain and odor are gone or you will set the stain and nothing will remove it.
Keeping a house clean when you have pets isn't harder, it just has different requirements. A little pre-planning and training on your part will help ensure you have taken the necessary steps to maintain a clean house.
Happy Pet Owning Future!
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