Company on the way? These tips can help you prepare your home for visitors and make your house cleaner and safer for your furry friends already in residence.
One of the best things you can do to help keep your house clean is to keep your pet clean and well groomed.
1. Brush your pet frequently to reduce shedding and help prevent hairballs in cats.
2. Trim fur between your pet’s paw pads, around the backend and on the belly so that they won’t collect dirt.
3. Clip your pet’s nails and file any rough edges that could tear upholstery or other fabric around the house.
4. Wipe your pet’s face after mealtime and don’t forget to clean floppy ears if they dip into water or food bowls.
5. Be sure to wipe those paws every time your pet comes in from outside and towel your furry friend off completely on wet days.
6. If you’re looking into new flooring, keep in mind that tile, sheet linoleum, and laminate flooring are easy to wipe clean.
7. Consider replacing wall-to-wall carpeting or covering well-travelled sections with machine washable area rugs.
8. Have a pet-friendly carpet-cleaning product handy to remove stains.
9. If you have unsealed hardwood floors, seal them with polyurethane to prevent them from absorbing odors.
10. Put an absorbent placemat under your pet’s food and water bowls to make clean up easier.
11. Place a small washable area rug near entryways, though make sure it’s non-slip.
12. If you have a teething puppy, roll up and store rugs with fringe, which can tempt pups to bite and chew.
13. Put away vegetable-dyed area rugs until your pet is fully house-trained. The dye can run and stain if it gets wet.
14. If you’re painting, choose washable semi-gloss paint because it’s easy to wipe down.
15. Keep in mind that washable vinyl-backed wallpaper is easier to clean than traditional paper-backed wallpaper.
16. Protect antique wallpapers or fabric wall treatments by having them only on the top half of walls. You can paint or hang a washable wall covering below.
17. Use pet-friendly window treatments, like fabric shades, café curtains, and valances.
18. Avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery and ornate tassels. Pets can get tangled up in them and cause everything around to come crashing down.
19. Tie up long cords to avoid accidental strangulation.
20. Think twice about mini-blinds, which can get bent beyond repair when they block a curious pet’s view.
21. Make sure all of your windows screens are installed securely. Cats especially can lean on loose screens and fall out.
22. Choose patterns, tweeds and dark colors for your upholstery, if possible, because they won’t show stains or fur as much as light and solid colors.
23. Keep your pet’s nails well trimmed if you have leather or Vinyl furniture, which can get scratched and damaged.
24. Encourage your furry friend to stay off forbidden furniture by setting up a cozy pet bed nearby.
25. Cover the couches and chairs your pet likes to snooze on with a throw or removable slipcover you can put in the wash.
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