I am being completely honest when I say I do not even notice dog hair in my house anymore. It’s just a part of life, and the alternative--not having a dog--is quite unimaginable to me, so I kind of don’t even see it anymore. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a freshly vacuumed house as much as the next fur mama, and I’m well aware that having pets can make it tough to keep a clean house. So, with spring on the horizon, let’s talk tips to keep your house looking in tip-tip shape this season.
First, let’s tackle pet hair. When it comes to keeping your floors clean, it is best to use a vacuum cleaner designed for pet hair, or at the very least, one with powerful suction. If someone in your house suffers from allergies, it’s a good idea to invest in a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter so the fur and dust does not blow back into the air. It is also wise to choose a vacuum cleaner with multiple attachments. Briana Norde, president of Caliber Cleaning, Inc., recommends a soft brush attachment on baseboards to minimize the hair blowing around. She also suggests using a crevice tool around furniture and on stairs. When is comes to cleaning furniture, Norde claims the best way to remove hair from furniture is to put on rubber cleaning gloves and wipe your hand over the furniture to collect the fur. Another cleaning hack, suggested by Jessica Dodd in the Real Simple feature SOS: Pet Mess, is to use a squeegee, like the kind you might use in your shower, to collect hair from your pet’s favorite couch cushion.
Next, let’s take on stains. Springtime often brings rain storms and rain storms mean muddy paws. In our post, Tools of the Trade, we suggested the Mudbuster, a clever tool for cleaning your dog’s paws before he comes in the house. But if you do not get those paws clean and your dog decorates your carpet with muddy footprints, Dodd has a couple non-toxic cleaning tips for you to try. For a light stain, fill a spray bottle with one part white vinegar to two parts water and spritz the area. Blot with a clean cloth. If your stain is resistant to this method, you may want to try a more powerful solution. Drool is often difficult to remove because it’s a protein-based stain (often containing tiny food particles). In a new spray bottle, mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of ammonia. Test in an inconspicuous area before applying to the stain. Then, apply to the stain with a rag and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Blot, add cold water to rinse, and blot again with a thick layer of paper towels.
Good luck with your spring cleaning! Of course, if you just can’t handle the mess, but you still want the companionship and unconditional love of a dog, you can check out the Top Ten Cleanest Dog Breeds. Happy Spring!