We think pets make awesome companions. They are loyal, affectionate, adorable, and can be pretty hilarious at times. Pets can be a great addition to any home, but our pawed pals can also tend to have an impact on the state of the place. If you have a pet, then you know how important it is to clean up after them in order to keep your home smelling clean and looking great.

Here at Golden Shine, we know the joys and responsibilities of having a pet first-hand, we even have a pet on our staff!

We’ve put together three simple steps that you can follow to help make your pet clean-up both easier and more effective.

Step one: Prevention

The best way to maintain a clean home, especially when pets are involved, is to start with prevention. While it’s impossible to stop some pets from shedding, there are a few tricks you can use to keep those hairs from floating freely across your home.

Consistent grooming is the first step. Brushing your cat or dog regularly will help to minimize shedding, which makes your job substantially easier. You can also limit the areas where your pets travel. For example, keep your closet doors closed to stop loose fur from latching on to your black slacks. Keeping this regular maintenance up will greatly reduce the time you spend on steps two and three.

Step two: Vacuums and lint brushes.

Vacuuming regularly makes a huge difference in containing the spread of pet hair and pet odor. For the best results use a vacuum with HEPA filters and motorized brushes. This type of vacuum actively picks up the hair while helping to eliminate allergens. You can also use the vacuum hose to clean your furniture and pet beds. If pet smells have been sitting deep inside your carpet for a while, sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before vacuuming. The baking soda will help to neutralize any pet odor and bring back that fresh scent that you’ve been missing.

Don’t forget a pet owner’s best friend –well, besides their pet– the lint roller! It’s important to keep one of these handy just in case you need to do a quick clean up of your clothes or your furniture but don’t have time to pull out the vacuum. They now even make them in keychain form. It doesn’t get more convenient than that.

Step three: Getting rid of the tough spots.

While prevention methods usually do the trick, sometimes you need that extra help to really get your home back in order. Speed is certainly your friend when it comes to cleaning up after an accident, and you can start by blotting the area with a dry towel. Keep changing the towels and continue soaking up the stain until the area is dry.

If you have an old stain that wasn’t caught in time you will want to soak the stain with vinegar and warm water. Mix up a solution of equal parts water and vinegar (white vinegar works best), and spray it on the stain. Let this solution sit for five minutes. This will help loosen up the stain, which will make the next step more effective. After letting it sit, dry the area with some clean towels.

Finally, cover the area in baking soda, and let that sit for a few minutes. The baking soda will soak up any leftover moisture, and will also help neutralize the smell. Let that sit for as long as possible, and vacuum it up once you’re done. The stain should be gone, and your carpet or rug will be back to normal.

If you have hardwood flooring or tile, cleaning up accidents can be a little easier. Just make sure to use an antibacterial product, which will help disinfect the area and help neutralize potential odors.

Pets can be a lot of work, but they are more than worth it. Following these steps will make your job a little easier, and will help your home stay fresh, clean, and thoroughly welcoming. Happy cleaning!

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