Spring is here, and as the sun starts warming things up, our thoughts turn to cleaning up our homes and yards.
As spring approaches, we all seem to feel the need for a fresh start, but being pet owners our priorities are a little different compared to those without animals. A season’s worth of shedding, dingy carpet and a yard full of poop makes for unpleasant spring cleaning for pet owners. Even though we cannot do the work for you, here are some tips to help get through this spring, and perhaps give you some ideas to reduce the cleaning for next year!
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Your home, that is! This is a must for us pet owners. Fabric gathers plenty of dust and grime over the winter months and as much as we vacuum, our rugs need a good scrub. Upholstery and rugs can also lock in odors so if you find you cannot get rid of that “pet smell” in your house, a good carpet & upholstery cleaning might be exactly what your home needs. Carpet cleaners are available to rent or purchase and you will find many of the cleaning solutions that you put in the machines have a cleaner specifically for pets. Open your windows to help the carpets dry faster!
Tumbleweeds of Pet Hair
Every spring, pets shed their winter coats for their lighter, spring coat. This makes spring cleaning even more important as your home is likely to be filled with pet hair this time of year. Vacuuming more regularly is key, including getting all of those hard to reach places, like under furniture. While you cannot stop the shedding, you can make clean-up easier on yourself with regular DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show: Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step” target=”_blank”>brushing and grooming. When the weather is nice, brush your dog outside to keep the loose hair out of your home. Taking your pet to a grooming salon is also helpful as groomers are great at removing the winter coat and dead hair in your pet’s fur.
Extra Large Load
A reminder to wash your pets’ blankets, beds and anything else they sleep on. All winter your pets’ beds and blankets have gathered dirt and grease from their skin and fur. No better time than spring to throw everything in the wash to clean and freshen them up. Dog bed isn’t washable? Next time you’re shopping for a pet bed, try to look for something with a removable cover for easy washing.
Poop Be Gone!
It’s spring. The snow is gone and all that’s left is…poop. Lots of poop. Cleaning up the poop is a dreaded job, but it must be done. There are a variety of heavy duty scoops available to help you clean up after your dog, all with different features, including one with a bag dispenser built right in! If the smell doesn’t get you outside cleaning, then remember that if left alone, pet feces is a health hazard. Some pets also tend to eat their own poop (coprophagia) which is not only extremely unhealthy, but stomach-turning to watch!
Cleaning up after our pets is part of being a responsible pet owner. It is something that the entire family can help out with – from gathering our pet’s blankets to vacuuming under the couch. Here is hoping some of these ideas inspire you and your family to have a fresh, clean home and yard this spring!