Spring is just around the corner and a freshly cleaned house makes for a happy home. But don’t forget about your pets – a clean environment also keeps them happy and healthy!
Here are our spring cleaning tips for dog owners – add these to your spring cleaning list and watch your house (and dog) sparkle.
Over-bathing can cause dry skin in dogs, which leads to itching and flaking. Now with the warmer weather, you can avoid these problems by giving him a quick dry bath outside. Start by brushing the coat to loosen dead hair, dirt, and other debris. Make a 50/50 solution using apple cider vinegar and water – spritz or dampen a towel with the mixture and wipe your pup down. Follow this by sprinkling bicarbonate soda on him and rubbing it in, which will neutralize the smell of the vinegar. Let it sit for a minute or two, then brush your pup thoroughly.
Tip: Give this dry bath outside where the mess won’t matter!
In some regions, change of season brings more rain. You can prevent mud tracking with a couple tricks. Keep the fur around your dog’s paws trimmed, this will help with less mud getting clumped to their feet. Make use of ultra-absorbed pet door mats that will soak up mud and dirt, so the mess stays in the mat keeping floors clean and dry!
As the weather gets warmer your pet might shed more than usual and regular brushing and grooming is advised. However, you will still find hair everywhere in the house. To easily remove pet hair from furniture, drapes, or other textile items, use rubber gloves. Slightly wet the glove on your hand and run it over the hair covered fabric. You will notice that the loose hair will ball up, making it easy to remove. Wash and dry gloves between uses.
Keeping toys clean and germ-free is important to the health of your pup and to prolong the toy’s lifespan. Soft toys can be placed in a garment bag and machine washed – make sure you use a pet friendly detergent. Line dry or put them in the dryer inside a pillowcase. Rubber and other hard toys can be cleaned using solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar and a brush or pop these in the dishwasher with his food and water bowls.
Invest in an air filter made especially for pet owners to trap airborne dust and dander, which includes a filter that reduces lingering pet odours. They also come with a built-in ionizers that minimise allergens and help deliver a boost of air freshening.
Brighten up bedding.
During winter your pet has probably been indoors more than usual, now is the chance to spruce things up by cleaning all his favourite places. First, vacuum in and around the area to remove hair and dirt. If he sleeps in a plastic, wire or canvas crate, take it outside, hose it down and dry it thoroughly. Then wash blankets and bedding.
TIP: Use an enzyme based odour neutraliser instead of fabric softener to remove pet odour.
Your dog’s collar may be the last thing on your mind to wash, but don’t forget it! To clean a collar (if it’s not machine washable), fill a bowl with hot water add some dog shampoo, soak the collar for 15 minutes. Ground-in dirt can be removed by rubbing the collar against itself Rinse under running water and air dry. For leather collars follow the manufacture’s guidelines.
Your dog has an excellent sense of smell – even if you can’t smell traces of urine, your dog can. It’s important to clean and neutralize these odours – if he can smell it, he’ll continue to remark these areas. Wash all water safe surfaces with an enzyme-based stain and odour remover, such as Happy Pet Stain & Odour Remover. For new stains, soak up as much as you can and use a an enzyme-based stain and odour remover to treat the area. Once the area is clean, use an enzyme-based pet odour neutraliser.
Spending a little extra time cleaning this spring will ensure your pup stays happy and healthy throughout the year!
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