Pets are a joy to have as part of the family. They are loyal friends and companions. But, even the most well-behaved animals occasionally make a big mess. Here are four house cleaning tips for pet owners.

Cleaning for Pet Owners Requires a Good Vacuum

Dogs and cats shed fur on a regular basis and a small, cheap vacuum cleaner may be powerful enough.  Even if you don’t allow animals on the furniture or in certain rooms, the areas where they live will accumulate fur. Find a vacuum cleaner that works well on carpet, vinyl, and wood. Get attachments with brushes and hoses so you can clean furniture and stairs. Empty your vacuum bag or dirt receptacle on a regular basis so the machine stays in good working order.

Invest in a Carpet Cleaner

Pets make messes. You may have a cat with hairballs or a dog who tracks mud and grass through the house.  One of the best ways to deep clean is by using a carpet cleaning machine (or steam cleaner for vinyl and wood floors). There are different sizes of carpet cleaners available, from handheld ones that work great on small spots, to large ones that clean the entire room.

Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners Include Vacuuming the Furniture

Allowing your pets on the furniture will require a regular cleaning schedule to remove pet hair. Vacuum the upholstery on your couch and chairs and dust hard surfaces like desks and tables. You’ll need to focus your cleaning efforts in the places your pets like to congregate.

Washing Blankets Regularly is a Helpful Cleaning Tip for Pet Owners

If you have pets, the blankets around the house need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Blankets quickly become covered in pet fur, as well as dirt, dander, and pet odor. You may use blankets to collect pet hair on furniture, but if you don’t clean the blankets weekly, the furniture underneath will get dirty.

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