Keep your house clean with outdoor pets! It may seem impossible, but it can happen with a bit of proactive planning. Here are four tips for keeping your home clean when you have outdoor pets:
Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy
When you have pets that bring in the outdoors with them, staying on top of small messes is the key. Keep cleaning supplies handy for quick touch-ups, including a cleaner designed specifically for pet messes.
Consider your most common pet messes and keep a tote by the door with rags, paper towels, disinfectant, and maybe a handheld vacuum. This tote can help you capture messes right when they happen, preventing them from getting bigger, like tracking through the house or creating a stain. If your cat likes to bring you “special treats,” consider small can liners or bags to dispose of rodents quickly.
Use Dirt-Grabbing Rugs
Rugs designed for dirt and moisture can be used in the entryway to wipe those four feet before they enter the house. Thin, washable rugs can be used in high-traffic areas as well. These can be thrown into the wash and help save you time on sweeping and mopping. You can find both of these in a local hardware store.
Some pet parents also keep wipes or towels near the front door to wipe paws, especially if muddy or wet. This might require some patience and training because some pets don’t like to have their paws touched. Consider a trainer if coming inside is difficult for you and your pet to manage.
Limit Pet Access
Another way to keep your house clean when you have outdoor pets is by limiting the spaces they are allowed in or on. This can include specially designated outdoor spaces. For a dog, it can be a concrete dog run or lush grass instead of dirt and mud. For a cat, it could be an enclosed “catio” that allows them to sit in the sun without running the dirty streets.
This can also mean not allowing pets on furniture, keeping them from entering certain rooms, or kenneling or crating them when you are away.
Keep a Grooming and Cleaning Routine
Regular grooming of your pet can keep sharp nails from scratching floors or extra shedding and dander to a minimum. Likewise, regular sweeping or vacuuming of pet areas will keep dirt and hair from building up or being tracked further into your home.
Get a sticky roller to pick up any pet hair on your clothes as you leave for work or social events where you want to present a fur-less appearance.
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