Dogs bring happiness and joy to our lives. But if you have more than one living in your home, then you also know they can bring dirt, mud, hair, and a variety of other messes that can leave any room in the house in dire need of a good cleaning.
While our dogs are important members of the family, they’re also the least likely to obey your explicit orders to wipe their feet before they walk into the house. Pets have minds of their own and even the most well-trained and highly disciplined pooches are going to track the outdoors inside leaving behind a trail of paw prints and other debris.
So if you’re looking for ways to keep your home clean with multiple dogs living together under one roof, you want to keep yourself organized while preventing any messes from occurring in the first place. But if that fails (and believe me, it will more often than you might think), then you can also implement these easy to remember cleaning tips to help keep your home looking its best after a mess has been left behind.
Don’t think for one minute that you can’t maintain a neat and tidy home just because you have dogs living with you. There are plenty of things you can do to keep everything clean and they don’t require barricading yourself behind gates and obstacles designed to prevent your pets from entering specific rooms in the house.
Sure it may take a little more work on your part, but after all, aren’t you dogs worth the added effort?
Reduce the Clutter
Everyone loves to spoil their pets, which usually includes buying them all manner of dog toys and playthings. The only trouble is those various trinkets and chew sticks can start to get strewn about the house. Every time you take a step you hear a loud squeak or you send a ball careening across the floor by mistake.
This is not only an unseemly situation it can also be an unsafe one. Someone could trip or slip on one of these errant toys in the middle of the room. Even worse is when they’re spread out to all corners and there’s simply no rhyme or reason to any of it.
So a good place to start cleaning is by reducing the amount of clutter in the home by deciding which of the dogs’ toys should stay and which should be thrown out. Start with any that are broken or chewed up beyond recognition. Those can go immediately, unless one of your dog’s favorite toys looks like it’s seen better days. If it’s still played with and carried around on a daily basis, then it clearly serves a purpose in making one of more of your dog’s happy.
Those you do keep can be put away in a toy box or storage bin of some kind. But be sure it’s something that can be easily accessed should you want to play with your dogs.
Toys aren’t the only things that need to be put in their right place. The same goes for your dogs’ other necessities from food to cleaning products to treats. If your dogs use it, whether routinely or infrequently, organize it some place that’s out of the way yet easy to reach whenever it’s needed.
Food is probably the most pressing item that you need to keep handy. Storing it in plastic or metal containers can be a lot more convenient than trying to drag a massive twenty or thirty pound bag from one room to the next.
As for cleaning products, storing these items in an out of the way area that can’t be reached by pets or children is critical as many of these products contain chemicals or harmful solvents that can be injurious if mistreated and possibly deadly if ingested. So it’s best to set aside a cabinet for these items that none of your dogs or kids can get into for any reason.
Your dogs are going to shed and when they do it’s going to collect all over your floor. Tufts of dead hair will pass by like tumbleweeds on hardwood and get ground in to the fibers of your carpets. A clean home for pet owners means not having to deal with constant dog hair stuck to everything you own.
Dog owners know they can barely leave the house without their clothes and other items getting covered in dog hair. But one way to combat this problem is by vacuuming the floors and carpets at least once a week. Depending on the types of dogs you own, it may require using a vacuum two to three times a week just to get control over all of the shedding that’s going on.
One highly recommended solution to the problem is to get one of those robotic vacuuming machines. You just turn it on and the robot does the work for you, rolling around from one side of the room to the other picking up errant fur along the way. You don’t even need to be there and it sure beats pushing around that vacuum cleaner all by yourself.
Don’t Forget about the Outdoors
If you have a yard you will likely let your dogs run around on it. But when it rains that yard can get muddy so you must remember to wipe off all the paws that come back in the house after they’ve been outside.
Consider what your dogs do out in that yard as well when it comes to nature calling. It’s not a good idea to leave pet droppings sitting out on your lawn. Dog feces can contribute to an unhealthy environment and if you often forget to pick up your pets’ poop, it might be a good idea to hire a pet waste removal service to ensure that your lawn is safe and clean for all members of the family to enjoy.
Implementing these small steps now will go a long way towards making a big difference in the cleanliness of your home, both inside and out.