Five Tips for Simple Pet Cleanup
By Kristen Levine, pet lifestyle expert
No matter how much you love your pet, cleaning up after him or her can be a nuisance. New research from BISSELL Homecare, Inc. shows that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of guardians would like a magic wand to remove pet stains from their carpet or pet hair from their homes, and 38 percent of Americans say they would add a pet to their home if cleaning up after the animal was easier. But cleaning up after a pet doesn’t have to be an obstacle course. Here are some sensible ways to simplify pet cleanup:
- Brush your cat or dog regularly to keep shedding to a minimum. Dogs can be trimmed during summer months, when they tend to shed more, but don’t trim the hair too short or your pet could get sunburned.
- Every dog and cat has a favorite place to hang out at home. Usually it’s where the rest of the family spends their time. When you vacuum your family room, pay special attention to your pet’s crate, bed, or regular napping spot. Try out a special vacuum, such as BISSELL’s Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum, which has specially designed brushes for removing pet hair, pet dander, and dirt from carpets, upholstery, and more.
- Attend to potty accidents pronto, especially if you have a cat because cat urine is actually more concentrated—and likely to stain—than dog urine. Absorb as much of the moisture as possible with old towels, being careful to blot instead of rub, before applying a carpet solution.
- To minimize the amount of dirt tracked into your house, quickly rub down dogs with a towel after walks, making sure to include their paws. This step is especially important on rainy days, when mud, water, and who knows what else easily clings to fur.
- How long has your pet been wearing that collar? Collars get dirty and can cause discomfort or even allergies for your pet. This is not to mention that filthy collars smell badly. Most can be laundered in the washing machine. Leather collars should be wiped clean regularly with a damp cloth or leather cleaner. Replace collars that are worn out or don’t function well anymore.
Those deterred by the prospect of pet messes should weigh the benefits against the drawbacks and consider welcoming a four-legged friend, guardian, or snuggle buddy into their home this fall.
Tagged Cleaning Up, Kristen Levine, November 2009, pet odors, pet urine