Spring cleaning is a time when people thoroughly clean their homes, so it looks and smells brand new. If you have pets, then spring cleaning is a more formidable task. Those animals make your home messier and smellier, and cleaning it all up isn’t easy. Here are several spring cleaning tips for pet owners.
Ajax: Stronger Than Dirt
If your pet cages sit on a stand or hang over furniture, you have to give them a thorough cleaning. Move the cages and move the furniture to find the mess beneath. Don’t forget to check the back of the furniture usually hidden by the wall. Those stands becomes gross after your pets tossed food, bedding, and excrement out of the cage. While there are many cleaning products on the market, you can’t go wrong with classic Ajax powder. It works better than any liquid product. Spray some water over the messy stand and then shake Ajax powder on top. Let it set for several minutes so the powder foams. Wipe it all off with a wet cloth.
Air Vents and Filters
Pet hair gets everywhere. No matter how often you brush your dog, you still find hair in unexpected places. One of those places is in the air vents and air filters throughout your home. The hair builds up in the filters and can prevent heat and cool air from entering rooms.
The Power of Dawn
Dawn soap is safe and gentle for pets. Use it to clean food dishes, litter boxes, toys, and anything that your pets use regularly. You won’t worry about your pets licking harsh cleaning chemicals. You should still make sure to fully rinse off the soap, though.
Use a black light to find old urine stains on the carpet. Do this the night before you clean so it is dark. Turn on the black light and move it around the carpet until you see something glow. You’ll find old and new stains. Mark the stains with some item for cleaning the next day.
Avoid White Vinegar
Many people swear that white vinegar will clean up even the oldest pet urine stains. It’s true, but there is a pretty big downside. White vinegar has a strong odor and pets react to the odor. If they smell the vinegar, they will think something has taken over the turf and they must mark the spot again. Clean up the stains using all natural odorless cleaners or a wet vac. A wet vac does not use chemicals at all.
Baking soda is an excellent odor neutralizer. Spread it around the carpet and then brush it deeper into the carpet with a broom. Let it sit for several hours and then vacuum it up. There are many carpet deodorizers that work the same way. If you choose to use one of them make sure it is pet friendly or else you’ll have to keep your pets out of the house for several hours.
Prepare for the Flea Invasion
Spring means warmer weather and warm weather means those dreaded fleas. Start early to eliminate fleas by medicating your pets. If you start your spring cleaning late and the fleas are starting to make your home theirs, you an add a step to your cleaning regiment. Sprinkle salt all over the carpet along with your odor neutralizer. Salt dries the fleas and kills them. Vacuum them up with the dirt.