Having dogs as part of your family can give you moments you’ll treasure forever, but it can also fill your house with dirt and hair.
If that’s not enough, dog owners learn sooner or later that keeping a clean floor can be more complicated with a messy dog. Is it impossible? Not at all! Here are six tips to help you have spotless floors, even with your furry friends living their lives as usual.
Tip #1. Brush and groom your dogs often
While you may know that brushing and grooming are important to keep your dog healthy, that’s not the only reason to do it.
Brushing your dogs regularly (every couple of days), and showering them every two months or so, lets you reduce the amount of shedding around the house and on the floor.
Tip #2. Clean your dog’s paws after a walk
After walking your dog, you’re not the only one that gets dirt caught on your feet! The difference is that you know to brush it off before entering your home, and your dog doesn’t.
So, wipe your fluffy companion’s paws before bringing them back home to reduce the amount of dirt inside your house—washing a cloth will always be easier than cleaning a whole floor!
Tip #3. Clean up accidents quickly
Most times, your best choice is cleaning right after the mess happens. Otherwise, if you leave dog pee for too long on the floor, it dries and becomes sticky, making it a nightmare to clean. So, bring out your cleaning supplies and clean those accidents as soon as possible!
Don’t know what to clean your floor with? Here are a few of the most common floor types (carpeting, hardwood, etc.) and what works best on them: How to clean up pet accidents.
Note: Sometimes, for wooden or tile floors, if the pee is fresh, the solution is easy. Absorb it with a clean cloth and wash the floor with your favorite pet-friendly store-bought cleaner.
Tip #4. Keep the food and treats in one place
If your dog gets overly excited during chow time, they likely make a mess while eating, and there’s not much you can do about it. However, you can reduce the area that you have to clean.
Setting up a specific space for feeding your dog will maintain the subsequent mess in a controlled area. This way, after they eat, you can simply take out a small dustpan and brush to clean everything in a couple of minutes.
Note: A non-slip, silicone mat is a great investment to avoid your dog dragging the plates and splashing the floor with water.
Tip #5. Don’t be afraid to invest in cleaning tools
Getting a handy tool will save you a lot of time and effort when cleaning your dog’s shedding hair. So, don’t be afraid to spend a little money to get a quality cleaning tool to make your life easier!
For example, a pet vacuum cleaner is an excellent ally in cleaning dog hair quickly. Or, if you don’t have much time to clean and your dogs shed a lot, an automatic floor-cleaning machine (such as Roombas) can do it for you, and all you have to do is set it up. Easy, right?
Extra tip: Let us help keep your floors clean
Don’t want to deal with cleaning the floor every time your dog sheds hair? Let someone else take care of the task!
With Merit Maids of Denver, you can schedule your services to enjoy a clean floor without doing all the work. Book now.