Our beloved furry friends bring us so much joy, but they can also create so much work for us. Between making sure they don’t chew up your household items, taking them out so they don’t pee on the carpet, etc… It can be exhausting! And at the end of the day, you probably still feel like your house is a mess. No matter how hard you try, there’s still dog hair everywhere, drool stains, and scratch marks that you simply don’t know how to get rid of. We’ve put together a few handy tips and tricks to make cleaning your home a bit easier.
Picking Up Dog Hair
This one is probably the most time consuming, because it is never ending! But don’t waste time painstakingly picking up excess dog hair by hand, there are a few different tactics that you can try to save yourself time! First, dryer sheets work like magic to pick up dog hair from fabric. Just rub the dryer sheet over the couch, recliners, or any other surface and the hair will cling right to it! Rubber gloves are another great method. Put a pair on and do a quick sweep of your hands across dirty surfaces. If you’re finding lots of hair in the carpet, there are some things you can do. Aside from regularly busting out the Bissell for regular vacuuming, and this may sound odd, but try a window squeegee. Scrape it along the carpet and it’ll work wonders to pick up excess fur. For excess dog hair on your clothing, try a roll of packing tape. You’ll quickly find that this is a great alternative to a lint roller!
Cleaning Pet Urine
If you have a pet that is guilty of peeing in the house, you may have some unsightly stains that you’re tired of looking at. Try using baking soda to remove these urine stains from your carpet. Pour over the stain, let sit for 20 minutes, and then vacuum it up. Not only will it remove the stain, but the odors as well!
Covering Scratch Marks
Has your dog left scratch marks on your furniture? This may sound a bit odd, but try rubbing a walnut over them. The natural oils in the walnut will seep into the wood, covering up the scratches on your furniture. If this doesn’t work, you may need to buy some new furniture from somewhere like furniture in fashion. If you’re worried about the cost, you could find some items from a clearance sale or even a charity shop.
If you have a dog that tends to drool a lot, it can be pretty unsightly to find old hardened drool around your home. But before you whip out a rag and start scrubbing, try a magic eraser! These can work wonders on drool marks.
Use A Furniture Cover
Perhaps the simplest method of all to keep your home clean is using products like furniture slips to keep your couch fur-free. You can even use an old sheet or blanket to cover the furniture when your pet will be on it. Then when it’s time to clean, you just have to throw it in the wash and your furniture still looks good as new! If you have unfortunately passed this point of managing to keep your furniture clean, then you may want to consider buying an upholstery cleaning machine as these will get rid of stains, any pet hair and contaminants your furniture may have.
Contact Canine College
If your dog is making more of a mess around the house than he should be, it could be an obedience issue. Canine College offers private training to target these specific behavioral problems. Contact us today to learn more!