Pets are wonderful companions, but they don’t quite have the same respect for our material possessions as we do. That means sweet little Spot is a joy to cuddle with, but she doesn’t necessarily care to stay off the couch when she comes back in from rolling in the dirt. Pets have claws, teeth, fur and a lot of energy. Most owners of fur babies struggle to keep their house totally clean with a pet in the house, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible – it just requires a certain level of maintenance.
Protecting your furniture from your pets requires having your cleaning cupboard well-stocked. Here are some tips for cleaning your furniture up after your pets have run around the place making a mess.
Vacuum out the fur
Cats, dogs, bunnies, ferrets and other furry animals leave their mark everywhere they go. From your clothes to your bedding to your couch, their fur gets embedded in absolutely everything. For the most part, pet owners have to make peace with this, but that doesn’t mean they can’t try to maintain a relatively fur-free zone, especially for special occasions.
The best way to get fur out of couches, rugs, blankets and other fabric-covered furniture is to use dampened rubber gloves. The fur will naturally stick to the material, so you can just rub your hands over your furniture until it more or less looks like you’ve picked it all up. You can also look for a strong, handheld vacuum with a flat head to suck up loose strands.
And as a bonus tip from Wellington’s Fine Leather Furniture, make sure you always have a lint roller around for quick cleaning or patch cleaning. They’re cheap and easy to use.
Get a good stain remover
Pets leave stains. It’s inevitable. From tracking mud into the house to missing the litter box or doggy door to deciding their dinner didn’t quite sit right with them, pets tend to leave a variety of messes behind for us to pick up. And they seem to have a natural proclivity for finding the nearest couch or carpet to leave those messes.
When your pet leaves a mess on fabric covered furniture, make sure you clean it up as soon as you find it. Begin by physically removing as much of the mess as possible by picking or scooping it up. You don’t want to rub it in, as that’ll make it stain faster and make it harder to remove.
Once it’s all gone, lift the stain with a carpet cleaning product – you can use homemade cleaners from your house, or you can buy carpet cleaner from the store – in order to lift remaining color and odor. Use baking soda to absorb any leftover odor and moisture, then vacuum the baking soda away.
Protect expensive furniture
If you have expensive furniture you absolutely don’t want damaged, make sure you take steps to protect it. If you have expensive furniture that would be difficult to protect, use covers or keep your pets out of the room. It’s not unusual for pet owners to dictate that an animal can’t come into the front room or the master bedroom or wherever else you may have the best furniture kept.
Don’t be afraid to use covers on all your furniture. Sheets will protect upholstery from pet fur and scratches. You can also apply materials that taste bad to your pets to keep them from chewing at furniture. Pets make wonderful companions, but they can be terrible to your furniture. Take steps to protect your things so your sweet cat or rambunctious dog doesn’t accidentally ruin your nice dining room set.