Cleaning tips for households that include a pet
Bringing home a cat or dog is a commitment — not only to the animal, but to the extra work involved in keeping your house clean.
Here are some tips from the Soap and Detergent Association:
• Vacuum regularly — maybe even daily if your pet sheds heavily or if someone in your home is highly allergic.
• A synthetic carpet with a stain-resistant finish will be easier to keep clean than one with wool or cotton fibers.
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• If your pet has a favorite chair or corner of the sofa, cover that area with a washable blanket or throw, and launder it often.
• A comfy pet bed may lure the animal off the furniture.
• Use a fabric refresher to keep furniture smelling fresh.
• Keep pets out of the bedrooms of those who suffer from allergies or asthma.
• Brush your cat or dog frequently. If possible, do it outside, away from those with allergies. When you’re finished, wash your hands and the brush.
• Send your pet to another part of the house while you’re cleaning. It’s safer, and the pet will probably be happier away from the noise of the vacuum cleaner.