How to keep your house clean when you have a pet

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Pets make great companions – but they can make a terrible mess of your house!

This is Goldstar Cleaning Services’ guide to reducing the impact that your beloved puppy or faithful cat has on your home, vacation home or


Dealing with pet fur

The reality of getting a pet is that you will have to deal with pet hair – a lot of it.

If you really don’t think you can learn to live with it, or if anyone in your home has allergies, you could consider looking into a non-shedding, hypoallergenic breed.

If your pet is a prolific shedder, try to remove loose fur before it hits your floor or couch, by grooming them regularly, especially in spring when they will shed their winter coat.

Consider booking them into a professional pet groomer, or invest in a good tool like the Furminator to remove as much of the fine undercoat as possible.

Also invest in a good lint roller to help you remove fur from furniture. If your cat or dog has a favourite spot on the couch, invest in a washable throw rug to protect your upholstery.

Laminate or hardwood floors are easier to keep fur-free than carpets, or if you need carpeting, consider a short-pile carpet which is easiest to vacuum.


Dealing with wet pets

Keep a pile of old towels in your mud room and dry off your pet after a muddy walk to stop them bringing mud and the aroma of wet fur into your home.

If your carpet or couch begins to smell of wet fur, wait until it is dry, sprinkle baking soda over it, leave overnight and then vacuum out.


Prevent damage and destruction

Clip your pet’s claws regularly to avoid scratching on hardwood or laminate floors.

Make sure your pet has plenty of exercise and toys to keep their chewing or scratching instinct away from your possessions.

Keep a basket in the corner of the room to tidy toys away.  you can even teach your dog to put his or her toys away!