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Anybody who knows me knows that I absolutely adore animals. I only have 3 cats and 2 dogs. I say “ONLY” because I wish I could have all of the animals everywhere! But my menagerie of 5 will have to do. For now :)
I am a super stickler for a clean house and unfortunately it’s quite difficult to keep a clean house with pets. But I’ve had at least 5 pets for about a decade now and I’ve got some things down absolutely pat.
First let’s talk about bringing home a puppy or dealing with an aging pet. Accidents will happen, and depending on how quickly your dog takes to going outside to do his duty, there might be a lot of them. Try to keep these pets in areas without carpeting whenever possible. To quickly clean up liquid messes without using a roll of paper towels a day keep a sponge mop in the bathroom. If possible to keep away from the pets (by keeping the door shut or placing inside of a linen closet) keep a bucket with water and cleaner all ready to go. First use the sponge mop to soak up all of the offense and wring it straight into the toilet. Dip the mop in the cleaning water a few times and wring into the toilet to clean the urine out of the mop. Now go and sanitize the floor with your clean mop and, again, get rid of the dirty water into the toilet. Flush and you’re ready for round 2.
If accidents happen on the carpet blot up the moisture as best you can, clean with your favorite pet accident cleaner and blot up all of the moisture possible. If the accident is already dry, I tend to prefer the powdered carpet cleaners. You scrub the area with the slightly damp powder, allow it to sit for a while and dry out and then suck that business up with your vacuum. Oh, and might I suggest the Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo? The powdered cleaner leaves the room smelling great and the rugs feeling especially clean.
Another big mess issue is with cat owners. Have you ever noticed how cats just cannot seem to eat neatly? Or at least none of mine ever have. As they eat small bits of the kibble fly out of their mouths to land wherever. And you just might have a grabber. That’s what I call my JouJou. He pushes the water and food bowls all over the place and more than once I’ve heard a splash/crash as his water bowl connected with the tile floor below. *sigh* As a grabber he also shoves his hands into his water and food and flicks it everywhere. Every day the cat’s dining area is disaster.
Since their food has gluten in it I shouldn’t touch it. I’ve started using the hose on my Eureka to suck up the offensive food and it is super quick work and I don’t have to worry in the least about having a reaction. Boom!
There’s also the issue of pet hair which is definitely a huge issue when you have pets. Little dust bunnies that literally look like little fuzzy bunnies will drift across the floor until it tumbleweeds it up in the corner of a room. The best way to keep the problem to a minimum is prevention. But short of shaving your pets on the regular how do you do that? De-shedding tools. A good one costs a pretty penny but they last forever and are worth every cent. Sit down on the floor and use it to remove the loose undercoat of your pet. Since I have five I tend to only do this once a week but it’s enough to make a huge impact on how fuzzy my floors are not. And if you’re wondering, I’ve never met a single pet who doesn’t like being shed. It’s like being pet and brushed and massaged all at once. The animals will literally fight over who gets to go next!
To keep dander and hair from circulating in your home buy good quality filters and clean their grates regularly to extend the life of your filter. Rather than just throwing it all up in the air with just a feather duster grab the hose from your Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo and follow near the duster and watch as it sucks up the hair and dust right before your eyes.
And my last tips are for cat owners, again. If you have a cat that likes to kick litter around like crazy after taking care of business you know how frustrating it is to constantly find grit everywhere in your house. It gets kicked out onto the floor and then it gets caught in the dog’s hair as they walk through and suddenly you have little pebbles on your bed. Gross. Ew.
First off you should totally get a litter mat. Research them online to find the one that is best for you. Mine is a PVC with a serious nap that works super well. But litter is still going to get out and around that sucker so I’ve found a way to clean it up quicksmart when on hard floors… Simply take the hose of your vacuum and lay it on the floor. Sweep the litter into a pile nearby and then turn the hose on. It’s just like having a central vacuum that follows you around but for only $60 instead of $600!
There are always a few stray bits so grab the nozzle and finish that business up and you’re set. And if you’re wondering, will sucking up litter mess up a Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo? No. It won’t I’ve been using this guy for months to do just that and it’s still sucking up business like a rockstar!
And don’t forget, another way to save money while maintaining a clean home is with the Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo for only $60 at Walmart!
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