How To Make Your Home Seem Pet Free, Even When You Do Have A Dog Or Cat

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Do you enjoy the company of a dog or cat, but hate the ways that pet hair, dander, and odors affect your home? You don't have to choose between having a pet and having a pristine home. With these four tips, your home will seem virtually pet-free.

Have your ducts cleaned often.

Many pet owners feel like no matter how often they vacuum and dust, pet hair and dander still end up everywhere. Often, this is because the hair and dander end up in the duct work, and then every time the heat kicks on, they get re-scatted through the home. Having your ducts cleaned on a regular basis (once a year, or once every 6 months if you're really concerned) will eliminate this issue. Many HVAC companies offer duct cleaning services, and there are even companies that only offer duct cleaning, specifically. They will use special equipment to remove any debris that is lingering deep within your duct system.

Use enzymatic cleaners.

When your pet has an accident, on the carpet or furniture, the average cleaner won't remove the odors as well as you might like. Enzymatic cleaners, which work by breaking down the proteins that cause pet odors, are a far better choice. Keep a bottle of enzymatic cleaner handy, and use it to clean up pet messes as soon as you spot them. The longer you let them linger, the more the odors will become "set into" the material.

Have your pet bathed often.

Washing your dog or cat regularly can really cut down on odors in the home, and can also minimize the amount of hair that gets scattered about. If you have a dog, you can probably wash him or her in the bathtub without too much struggle. Try to do this on a weekly basis, and use an odor-fighting shampoo. Cats are harder to wash. Unless you have one that's very cooperative, you may wish to avoid the scratches and take your cat to the groomer for baths once a month. Once the cat gets used to being bathed, he or she won't react so unpleasantly.

Use the right vacuum.

If you use a not-so-awesome vacuum, you're going to have a lot of hair and smelly dander left behind on your carpet. Look for a vacuum that offers cyclonic action, which helps draw smaller particles into the machine more effectively. The higher the wattage, the more powerful the vacuum. Ideally, you should look for one over 200 watts. Bagless models are best, since vacuums that use bags tend to lose power as the bag fills up.

For duct cleaning, contact a company such as Coastal Home Services.

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