Our furry family members can reduce stress,
improve health, bring joy, and lengthen our lives. But the question must be
asked, can pets and a clean house even coexist? Dog and cat lovers know that
the benefits of love, friendship, and entertainment far outweigh a little mess.
The keys to keeping your home clean with a dog or cat residing there are to be
diligent in mess prevention and cleaning up the inevitable accidents as soon as
possible. Use the following tips to create a clean, safe haven for both you and
your furry companion.
- Pet toys spend a lot of time in
mouths, in the yard, at the park, in puddles, on dog beds, and many other
places where dirt and grime can be picked up. It is best to purchase easy-to-clean
toys and won’t hold onto odors or stains. Rubber toys can be placed on the top
shelf of the dishwasher for a deeper clean, and soft machine washable toys can
benefit from a run through the washing machine. For the safety of your pet, be
diligent about throwing away damaged toys.
- Machine washable bedding is a must
to keep a clean smelling home with pets. Remove all visible hair from the
bedding with a vacuum, lint brush, or wet washcloth. Run it through the washing
machine (in a load separate from your clothing) with a mild, perfume-free
detergent adding a ½ cup of vinegar to the wash. Clean bedding will minimize
smells and eliminate all the dirt, bacteria, allergens, and even fleas that
your pet has brought into the house from the outdoors. If your pet sleeps in
your bed, wash your bedding at least once a week. The same goes for favorite
household blankets that your pet likes to snuggle with. And if your pet has a
favorite chair they like to nap in, throw a sheet over it that can be easily
- Minimize pet dirt and grime inside
your home by cleaning your pet outside before they ever get a chance to track
it in. At the very minimum, clean dirty paws before bringing them inside. If
they are a dirt roller, a full spray down may be required. Keep towels on hand
to dry everyone off before coming inside.
- If you have a dog or cat that
sheds, then you know the necessity of having a strong, high-powered vacuum.
Stay on top of the accumulation of fur and dander by running the vacuum several
times a week. A handheld vacuum or lint roller can take care of the job in
between big vacuums. Additionally, a robot vacuum can be a game-changer when
you have pets. It can run while you are away or at night while everyone in the
Loving on your pets is a lot more important than being
stressed over muddy paws and shedding, but we hope these tips will be helpful
to you as you create a home for yourself and your pets. Zippy Shell is always
ready to partner with you if you need a storage solution or looking at a local
or long-distance move. Give us a call at 888-947-7974 or contact us online
for more information on our moving and storage options.
June is National Pet Preparedness Month and Zippy Shell knows that pets are part of the family! We have some fresh tips on the best way to keep them safe and happy all summer long.
Make a plan for
pets: This time year sees
tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding. Be sure your emergency preparedness plan
includes how you will evacuate all of your pets, including birds, reptiles,
fish, dogs, cats and rodents. Some shelters will not take pets, so plan on
where you can go or who can house your pets if the disaster strikes.
Create a first aid kit for your pets: Do you take advantage of the longer days at the park? Go hiking or camping? Then you will want a first aid kit for every type of pet that goes with you with enough items for all of your pets. The ASPCA has a checklist for a general first aid kit. Find it here.
Make a disaster
preparedness box just for pets:
If the power goes out, your neighborhood is under curfew due to disaster or if
you evacuate in your car with your pets, be sure to have a box for each of
them. Items could include litter, small litter pans, food, collapsible water
bowls, treats, pet-specific blankets or beds, medication, harnesses and
carriers (even for cats), toys, and any grooming equipment.
Probably most important
is that you should always have all paperwork available. If you camp, then a copy of all vet
records should remain in your camper. If you hike, keep a copy in your
backpack. Also put a copy in your emergency box for your pets. The records
should include vet information and all up to date shot information, especially
rabies, photos and descriptions of pets and any medication needs.
It doesn’t take much to
include your during your planning. Make sure Fluffy and Fido are ready when
You don’t want your house to smell of your pets while trying to sell your home. Use these tips to remove all unwanted pet odors from your house!
Clean off all your home’s floors
Your entire house is most likely covered in debris from your pet. Sweep and mop all your home’s hardwood floors to scoop up all the fallen pet hair and dander. Do this gently to prevent debris from getting swept up into the air. Vacuum every inch of carpet in your home, including small rugs.
Clean off furniture
If you allow your pet to go up on any of your furniture you will want to clean this off. Make a homemade mixture of equal parts water and vinegar and gently rub your leather couches with this on a cloth. For cotton couches, use a small vacuum and/or a vacuum hose to get the hard to reach spaces.
You’ll want to use a steam cleaner on any of your carpets to remove odors that have become trapped in the carpet’s fibers. Make sure the carpets are dry before allowing anyone or your pet back on them.
Wash all your linens
Put all your mattresses, pillowcases, sheets, couch cushions, etc. that could have picked up any pet odors through the washing machine. Air dry these to avoid damaging them in the dryer.
Change your home’s air filters to allow clean air to flow in and out. Open some of your windows to let the old air flow out and new, fresh air flow in.
Add a new fresh scent
Light some candles or install some air fresheners in each room to create a refreshing smell in your rooms.
Moving can be a very stressful time. When moving with a pet it can create even more havoc. Your pet will be stressed out too, and there are a few actions you can take to reduce the stress on you and your pet.
Continue reading “How to move to a new house with a pet”
We all love our pets, but we don’t love their hair. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are just shedding machines and that can’t be changed. As the pet parent to a domestic long-haired cat, I fight the same battle you do every day. Continue reading “Controlling Pet Hair in Your Home”