Sharing a space with your four-legged buddy isn’t always a walk in the park, especially when trying to keep floors clean. Fear not! With the right approach, you can maintain a spotless living space while enjoying the company of your beloved canine companion.
Try these seven essential tips to ensure your floors stay gleaming, no matter how much your dogs run, play, and shed.
Tip 1. Set a paw-cleaning routine
Put a designated paw-cleaning station near the entrance and teach your dogs to wait there while you gently wipe their paws with a damp cloth or use a paw-cleaning brush (never use alcohol-based wipes!).
This simple tip will reduce the dirt and mud they bring indoors, saving your floors from unnecessary messes.
Tip 2. Use pet-friendly doormats:
Pet-friendly doormats are a game-changer when it comes to keeping floors clean. Place them at all your dogs’ entry points to effectively trap dirt and debris from their paws.
These mats also double as a gentle way to clean their feet after outdoor adventures, preventing messes from spreading throughout your home.
Tip 3. Consider different floor materials
Consider your dog’s size, scratching tendencies, or how active they are when selecting flooring materials. Opt for sturdy and scratch-resistant materials, like tile or vinyl, in high-traffic areas.
Hardwood floors can be an excellent choice for a touch of elegance, but be sure to choose harder wood varieties and apply protective coatings to reduce scratches. Properly maintaining and refinishing your floors will help them withstand constant walking.
Tip 4. Groom your dog regularly
Regular grooming is essential for your dog’s well-being and helps minimize the fur and pet dander on your floors. Brush your dog’s coat frequently to reduce shedding, and consider using a grooming brush to remove loose hair effectively.
Keeping your dog clean and well-groomed contributes to a pristine and more comfortable living environment!
Tip 5. Invest in washable area rugs and covers
Strategically place washable area rugs or furniture covers in your home, especially in areas your dog frequents the most. These protective layers improve your decor and shield your floors from scratches, spills, and accidents.
Note: Choose machine-washable rugs and covers for added convenience, making cleaning up a breeze whenever needed.
Tip 6. Keep dog toys and bed clean
It’s easy to forget that dog toys and beds can harbor dirt and bacteria, which then find their way onto your floors. Set a routine of regularly washing your dog’s toys and bed to keep a hygienic environment. Your dogs will appreciate the freshness, and your floors will thank you.
Tip 7. Establish a consistent cleaning schedule
Finally, establish a regular cleaning schedule that suits your floor type and dog’s habits. For hardwood or tile floors, sweeping or vacuuming a few times a week is generally enough. However, if your dog sheds heavily, consider daily vacuuming.
Schedule a thorough mopping session once a week or as needed for extra sparkle. On the other hand, carpeted areas may require more frequent vacuuming, along with periodic deep cleaning, to remove stuck-on pet hair and odors.
How about getting the pros to clean the rest of your home?
With these tools and knowledge, it’s time to enjoy spotless floors. However, consider Eloise’s Cleaning Services if you ever need a professional touch on the rest of your home. We’ll leave your house sparkling clean and your dogs wagging with delight!