Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Our furry friends are very much part of the family, but they can often make cleaning more of a challenge with mucky paws, moulting hair and unwanted smells. These top tips will help you achieve a pawfectly clean home, leaving it smelling fresh, even when you have pets.
Pet hair is one of the biggest challenges for animal lovers. It clings to soft furnishings like carpets, rugs, sofas and cushions which can be frustrating but vacuuming regularly is the most effective way to remove it. Investing in a quality, lightweight but powerful handheld machine with various attachments is a must-have to make your life easier. The AEG 8000 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner comes with the fantastic PetPro+ nozzle attachment which works wonders at lifting pet hair from upholstery, carpets and rugs, with a powerful suction that works deep into the fabric. The UltimatePower hard floor nozzle is also fantastic as it actually collects any pet hair and dust particles rather than just blowing them around.
Top Tip: If you are looking to quickly clean pet hair from a small area without having to reach for the vacuum cleaner every time, sticky tape, a rubber glove or a rubber squeegee can be a quick and easy way to pick up and remove pet hair from carpets or furniture.
Out of sight out of mind
The AEG 8000 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner has a telescopic attachment making it easy to access those difficult to reach parts of the home, like behind furniture and under sofas where pet hair can build up quickly. There are also built-in LED lights to illuminate the areas not easily visible so there’s no excuse to miss those harder to see areas. In addition to this, with the slightly more precious furniture in the home, there’s a delicate dusting brush to gently remove pet hair from your fixtures and fittings without causing damage.
Nothing smells better than fresh air, so it’s important to open windows and doors allowing fresh air to flood in and circulate your home. However, some of our canine and feline friends have lingering odours that can be tougher to eliminate as they cling to fabrics. Simply sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto upholstery and carpets then leave overnight to absorb the smell before vacuuming. This is a natural, animal friendly and cost-effective way to deodorise fabrics that regularly come into contact with our furry friends but are maybe not as easy to wash. White vinegar is also a fantastic, natural way to neutralise any pet odours rather than just covering them up.
Blankets and beds
Many of us like to allow our pets to snuggle up on the sofa with us, so having plenty of blankets is an ideal way to protect your sofa and avoid having to deep clean it. However, pet beds and blankets are the most common source of bad odours, so regularly washing them is an easy way to keep your home fresh. Simply pop them in your washing machine with a detergent, avoiding any strong fragrances that could irritate, and white vinegar to eliminate any smells. Giving them a good shake and reshape once washed will also keep them fluffy and cosy for your fur babies.
Top Tip: Putting your pets bedding and blankets in the tumble drier for a short time can help remove or loosen some pet hair before washing to ensure you remove as much hair as possible in your wash.
Little and often
Tackle tasks little and often to make cleaning with pets less overwhelming, cleaning up any accidents as soon as they happen helps avoid having to do a time-consuming deep clean. The AEG 8000 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is lightweight with a roll-in roll out charging dock making it really quick and easy to grab and go whenever you need it. Cleaning might be a chore but carrying these tasks out regularly will prevent dirt, dust and debris travelling deeper into your carpets, rugs and sofas.
Top Tip: Regularly brushing your pets can help remove some of your pet’s loose hair that would normally accumulate around the home.
Whilst it’s almost impossible to banish pet hair in your home completely, a good vacuum cleaner and these simple tips and tricks should help you keep pet hair to a minimum.