7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Houses with Pets

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As I was walking through my house the other morning, I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was only an over-reaction as what I thought was a little mouse was only just a tuft of hair from our Rough Collie… and then that tuft led to another… and another…

While the weather may not be warming up as quickly as we hoped it would, it is officially spring, and while our collies only really shed once a year, if you have any other breed, or a shedding cat you may not be so lucky… so that morning inspired us to write a few tips to help spring clean your house when you have pets!

  1. Give your couch the rubber glove treatment- put a rubber glove on your hand, and swipe around the couch to collect loose hair easily! The hair sticks to the rubber glove, and it easily slides off into a garbage bag ( or collect it to make cat hair crafts! )
  2. Use a pumice stone – If your pet’s hair is caked onto their bed, use a pumice stone to lift it off the fabric. Groomers use pumice stones to strip away fine hairs, so this magic stone is great for gathering hair around the home!
  3. Wash soft toys in the washer with a pet-friendly liquid detergent. Nature’s Miracle has a full line of pet- specific cleaning products that you can use throughout your entire house. You can also look for non-toxic, all natural cleaning products like Method or Norwex
  4. Wash hard toys in the sink, and follow the above instructions.
  5. Spray their bed with watered down non-toxic odor remover, or baking powder. (Natures Miracle has a cleaner too) and then vacuum/ sweep it up.
  6. Squeegee your carpets! Much like the Rubber Glove Treatment, this is an easy way to collect pet car from carpets, and can also be done in the car as well!
  7. Regular grooming can also help keep your house clean:

Grooming shorthair cats

  1. Fine-toothed metal comb; look for pepper-like spots as that is fleas
  2. Use a bristle or soft rubber brush to remove the loosened hair

Grooming long haired cats

  1. Loosen debris by running a wide-toothed comb through their hair and carefully untangle knots
  2. Use a wire/ bristle brush to remove loosened hair
  3. Consider using a toothbrush to groom around the face as it is gentle.
Never just start grooming cats if you haven’t done so before.  Slowly introduce them to the idea when they are calm- like after eating, or when relaxing. Start by just petting your cat, and then introduce a soft bristle brush, and work up from there. Handle their face, paws, and teeth from birth or when you receive the cat in a gentle, petting matter. This makes vet visits and grooming easier if they are used to being touched in those places. This advice also goes for dogs, and while dogs generally end up being more accepting of grooming than cats, you do want to start slowly and ensure that you have the correct tools for their coat type and the job. If you’re unsure, ask a groomer what is right for your pet!
The FURminator- this grooming tool reaches down into the undercoat to reduce loose hair from shedding by up to 90% and has a comfortable handle and eject button to release the hair from the comb.

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