The joys of living with pets: How to keep your house clean

Pets can make your house a home, as the old saying goes. While pets are wonderful, they are also incredibly messy and hard work. It can be challenging to keep your house clean and hygienic with an animal running around. You need to think about pet hair, muddy paw prints, chewing and much more.

Pets have been known to improve your mood, fitness and energy levels. In lockdown, over three million pets were purchased in the UK. From Labradors to Syrian hamsters, we love to have pets at home. Fortunately, there are a few ways you keep your home clean and tidy – even with animals around.

Blankets on sofas

Is your sofa covered in dog and cat hair? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Pet hair has a way of wriggling into the fabric of upholstered furniture, and it’s impossible to get out. Cover your sofa in throws to stop pet hair from sticking to it. You can wash the throws every week to remove the pet smell and keep your furniture super fresh. Or, keep your couch for humans and train your animals to stay on the floor. You will thank yourself later.

Hardwood flooring

Carpet is stylish, cosy, and an absolute nightmare with pets. You need hardwood floors in your home. They are easier to clean when it comes to stains, accidents and muddy pawprints. One wipe with the mop can remove even the worst of spillages.

Wipeable paint

Use wipeable kitchen paint on the walls around your pet’s food bowl so you can easily remove any splatters. Normal paint will not tolerate a wet wipe, and you will leave a permanent mark on the wall. Or tile the area surrounding the dog bowl to keep the wall clean and protected.

Get a carpet cleaner

Hardwood flooring can be cold in the winter months. Rugs are perfect for making the room feel warmer and more inviting. However, you will need to buy a heavy-duty carpet cleaner to remove any pet spillages and accidents. Strong vacuums can remove pet hair from the rug, and a carpet cleaner can get rid of any stubborn stains.

Keeping your home clean with a pet requires time and effort; there is no doubt about that. It helps to train your pet to stay downstairs and off the furniture. Always wash their paws when they come in and out of the house on a rainy day. Little acts every day can keep you and your pet much cleaner.