Pet Messes and How to Clean Them
Pets are messy. They moult, they wee on the carpet and they can often be sick but we still love them.
What we'd also love would be to clean our soiled floors and furniture with a lot less effort.
So how can we maintain a beautiful home with messy pets in tow?
The Hair Issue
Brushing your pet once a week helps reduce balls of fur from floating across your floors. But some errant hair is still likely to escape. Luckily, the solution is simple. For stubborn fur on fabric, wipe a damp sponge over the hair. Wipe from the back to the front and the sponge will just gather up the hair.
Lint rollers, sold in all major shops, can also be great for gathering up hair. They have a sticky surface and are disposable. Regular hoovering weekly of carpets will also prevent that 'doggy' smell in the house.
The key to avoiding a wee stain? Get to it right away, blotting up as much as you can. Using a big wad of paper towels is a good way to draw things out of the carpet. Then pour club soda and salt on the spot. The carbonation lifts the urine to the surface while the salt helps prevent staining by absorbing the urine. Lastly, dry with a clean towel.
Water and vinegar in equal parts can also be sprayed onto urine stains. With this, just spray onto the stain, let it sit for about 5 minutes and then towel dry. For good measure, you can then sprinkle the area with a small amount of baking soda and two drops of bergamot oil, which can be found in health food stores and smells yummy. If it bubbles, don't worry! One dry, it can be hoovered up.
What the Cat Coughed Up
Hairballs and vomit are a different story. There are various methods. The first is to leave and not immediately clean them from your carpet. Instead, sprinkle a heavy coat of baking soda on the accident and relax. The baking soda lifts moisture from food and stomach acids out of the carpet. After the baking soda dries, pick-up big pieces with a paper towel and use your hoover's attachment to suction the rest. Alternatively, fresh cold water and a white cloth and a hard scrub will remove the stain before it has had a chance to soak in.
Cat litter requires a little diligence. Litter trays should be emptied daily and at least once a week the tray should be washed with straight vinegar. Next, rinse the tray with water and dry. Place a mat where your cat exits the box to prevent her from tracking litter through the house. There are many different cat litter varieties on the market and readily available in pet shops and supermarkets.
Mud on carpets is best left to dry and then hoovered up. But the best way to prevent mud is to wipe your dogs' paws before they come into the house!
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