April showers bring Mayflowers…but they also bring falling hair, muddy paws and the nasty smells of your furry friends as we all start to enjoy the warmer weather. From their food dishes to sleeping areas, life for pets can get a little messy at times, but cleaning up doesn’t have to get in the way of daily cuddles. So what’s the secret to dealing with all that animal messes effectively and efficiently? It’s about choosing the right products for your home, your pet, and your lifestyle. To get your pet’s spring cleaning off to a great start, we asked Calgary-based cleaning expert Sarah McAllister of Go Clean Go to share her top tips and tricks for pet owners on how to keep their home cool and fresh throughout the season.
How can I deodorize common areas like couches, rugs, and pet beds?
“To deodorize areas that have a distinct pet odor, you can use Febreze! Vacuum the area first to get rid of pet hair and dander. furniture until it’s completely damp and let it dry before letting your pooch take another nap.Wetting the fabric will allow bad odors – a fancy word for what makes things smelly – to be trapped and destroyed. Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator Cleans odors embedded in fabrics and other soft surfaces, leaving a light, fresh scent. You can also use Febreze AIR Heavy Duty Pet in any room you need to get rid of lingering pet odors.
What’s the best way to get rid of deeply embedded pet hair in clothes, fabrics and furniture?
“Dogs’ and cats’ coats change with the seasons, and spring is when they blow their winter coat. A must-have cleaning product for pet owners is Bounce Pet Dryer Sheets, fingers in the nose. They look like regular dryer sheets, but they’re made for pet owners. They’re twice the size of most dryer sheets and work to reduce wrinkles, static and add softness, while repelling pet hair and lint from your clothes so you can get hugs from your pet without wearing them to the office.
What’s your best tip for getting rid of old pet stains?
“It’s always best to clean up pet accidents properly as soon as they happen. Pets can smell these odors and since pets like to mark their territory, they will continue to have accidents in the same spot until you take care of the smell entirely. In terms of the best products to use for cleaning, it depends on the surface. For pet damage on hard surfaces, I use Mr. Clean Multi-Surface Liquid Cleaner. For fabrics that you can throw in the wash, use an enzymatic cleaner like tidal powder to help eliminate odors and break down the stain. And finally, for carpets, try a steam cleaner to deep clean the fibers at the base of the fabric.
It’s also allergy season! Do you have any pro tips for reducing/tackle pet dander at home?
“This is the time of year when you will see the most pet hair and have the most dander in your home. Vacuum as much pet hair as you can, clean your floors and for maintenance intermediate, you can use Swiffer Heavy Duty Pet Sweeper . Its thick, sturdy pads and fiber fingers reach deep into grooves that other tools miss. Store it in a convenient place so you can easily use it daily to help pick up those pesky pet hairs floating off the rafters.
Are there specific tasks to perform on a daily basis? Weekly? Monthly?
“We like to deep clean one room at a time, and then the upkeep isn’t nearly as daunting. From pulling furniture away from the walls, vacuuming your couch cushions, and getting all the hair out of your pets hidden from corners, your home will stay cleaner longer.For quick maintenance, keep a Swiffer Pet Heavy Duty Duster around places your pet likes to hang out, like the top of their crate, or near your bed if they like to snuggle up to you at night.
If there was one essential cleaning item a pet owner should have around the house, what would it be?
“It all depends on the job at hand. To trap and lock pet hair in between deep cleaning, my go-tos are Swiffer Pet Heavy Duty Dusters and Swiffer Sweeper Pet Heavy Duty Dry. For stubborn odors embedded in fabrics and soft surfaces that I can’t throw in the wash, I trust Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator. And finally, I love Bounce Pet Dryer Sheets to keep pet hair off me and my clothes.
This content was created by The Kit; Swiffer Pet/Mr.Clean/Febreze funded and endorsed it.