4 Best Techniques to Clean Up After Pets
We love our pets, but there are times that they make a mess. They never mean to, but at the same time, it’s not something you want to live in. Their dander, potty messes, upset stomachs, and meal times all leave room for lots of messy spots. Use the right cleaners to keep germs and bacteria out of your home. Here are the four best techniques for cleaning up after your pet:
- Throw Away Solids: Use a pair of plastic gloves to remove anything that is easy to pick up and toss. Bag it up and throw it out immediately. Toss it in the trash or in the dumpster outside. Protect yourself by putting a barrier between you and the mess with the gloves. Only use disposable cleaning supplies to discard any waste such as paper towels, clorox wipes, and rags that you are ok with tossing.
- Use a Serious Soap: Pet messes are typically bathroom accidents, hairballs and other upset stomach issues, and food waste. All of those things carry a high potential for bacteria to thrive. Not to mention, you don’t want to touch those things, anyway. Clean up the mess completely after removing the solid with a hefty cleaner that will kill any germ. For pet messes on hardwood, tile, and linoleum, use a strong liquid cleaner such as clorox, bleach, lysol, vinegar, and a lathering soap. Douse the area with a sufficient amount of cleaner to cover the entire surface. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, and use a brush or sponge to scrub it away. Rinse the spot thoroughly so that harmful chemicals aren’t left behind.
- Spot Clean Fabrics: The most difficult material to remove stains from is fabric. You always have that lingering feeling that the area isn’t perfectly clean. The best thing that you can do is to treat the area immediately before it has time to go deep into the fabric and set. Pick up what you can, and then immediately spray the area with a cleaner such as Resolve, Shout, or any other spot remover. You don’t want to use bleach in this case unless is specifically says that it’s approved for use on fabrics. Use a hard bristle brush and give the spot a good scrub. To get the best deep clean possible, look into buying a spot carpet cleaner. It’ll act just like a high powered carpet cleaner without the inconvenience and expense.
- Vacuum Attachments: Most pets come with considerable dander. It’s unavoidable. The hair piles up all of the entire house. It’s under furniture, on baseboards, and deep in the carpets. The best way to tackle the hair is to vacuum the areas that you can, and then to break out the attachments to get the hard to reach spots. Use the extensions to save you from being on your hands and knees trying to hit every spot. Reach under the beds, sofa, chairs, under food bowls, in closet corners, and even on bath mats.
Our pets are part of our family, and we are responsible for them. Give them a clean, safe area to run around and play. At the same time, keep your family free from germs and bacteria with these best cleaning methods.