Dapper Doggie: Home Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners

Most people who are dedicated to their dogs know that being a dog owner and maintaining an impressively clean home are not necessarily compatible. Few domestic animals can make a mess quite like a dog, especially the larger breeds. They shed like crazy, drool on things, throw up and periodically go to the bathroom on the carpet. One wonders why so many people own dogs, especially people who have nice houses they’re intent on keeping clean.

Some owners are able to make peace with the situation, accepting that having a dog (or dogs) means living with stale smells, urine stains, clumps of hair and damaged furniture. It takes regular effort and the right tools, but there’s no need to live amid doggie devastation. You can enjoy a tidy home and the joys of dog ownership without sacrificing one or the other.

Keep it Clean

A high-quality vacuum cleaner equipped to handle pet fur and dander is probably the most indispensable cleaning tool for a dog owner. Dogs, whether they shed heavily or not, leave behind dander, dirt, leaves, sticks and other lawn debris they pick up outside. Read reviews to find a cost-friendly appliance that is not only quiet (some dogs hate vacuums), but also specially designed to remove dog hair, like the Eureka FloorRover. Durability is also an important quality, as you’ll need to get a lot of use out of it.

Speaking of durability, consider reviewing a variety of eye-catching window and blind treatments from Austin Window Fashions. Pet owners can choose from an assortment of energy-efficient options to keep Fido comfortable indoors when the temperatures outdoors are hot or cold. And for enhanced pet and child safety, check out the many the cordless shade options available from Austin Window Fashions.

 

Wipe and roll

One of the best ways to keep a dog mess under control is to address it before your furry friend hits the carpet and the upholstery. Give your puppy’s paws a good wiping as soon as he comes inside, use a good doormat that can take care of wet paws, and a throw rug just inside the door that will pick up some of what the doormat misses. Then give his paws a wipe with a damp cloth to make sure nothing gets tracked indoors. For wet and muddy days, keep a towel or two by the back door and a small bowl of warm water nearby for cleaning and rinsing. If your pooch is a hairy one, invest in a good lint roller (two would be better) to help keep loose hair off the furniture, throw pillows, blinds and lamp shades.

Naptime

Dogs love to nap, and they tend to do so in their favorite spots. Wherever he likes to snooze (dogs won’t always nap in a dog bed), be sure to cover the space with a spare sheet or an old towel. These can be washed a lot easier than a spot on the carpet or furniture.

Sturdy furniture

One of the best ways to stay ahead of a dog mess is to take adequate precautions. Your cleaning will be a lot easier with furniture made of sturdy material such as leather, microfiber, or denim, and go with a tough, low-pile carpeting that resists tearing and is easily wiped down. These might not be your ideal, high-end materials but there are many dog owners who can tell you that a loveseat covered in Haitian cotton won’t wear well for long with a dog around.

Stay ahead of stains

If your dog has an incontinence problem or an easily upset stomach, you probably understand the importance of keeping a plentiful supply of stain remover on hand. Baking soda is an excellent and environmentally friendly cleaning substance. For especially stubborn stains, consider a heavy-duty cleaner like Skout’s Honor.

Dogs are wonderful companions. They have a knack for making their owners feel better, but the messes they create are nothing to smile about. Maintaining a regular cleaning protocol can make a big difference in your efforts to keep the house looking and smelling beautiful.

 

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

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