Fresh and clean is not always the best way to describe a home with a dog. Let’s face it, that wagging, much-loved pooch can definitely make a mess and leave a good trail of odors that can surely make your house smell like a kennel. Similar to getting desensitized to your sweet perfume after a while, you might also get used to the smells of your pup. But your house guests might be able to say that you have a four-legged companion at their very first whiff!
As a general rule, to keep your home smelling fresh and clean, you might want to start embracing the CGN routine– clean, groom, and neutralize.
Basic Clearing-out Guidelines
Removing the source before the odor completely disappears is the key to keeping your home fresh and clean in the presence of your pooch. Get rid of the smelly culprits by doing the following:
1. Bathe your dog at least once a month. Your pooch will likely carry his dirt around the house if you do not give him a bath as needed. Besides, washing him will also help eliminate some of his excess hair before it even reaches your furniture.
2. Look into the furniture. The next step is to remove any dog hair from your home furnishings. Use a vacuum cleaner with a side attachment or a lint roller to do away with his hair at least once a week.
3. Do not miss the floor. Start vacuuming your floor with an empty vacuum canister or bag. Get as much dirt and hair as possible. Consider having your floor laminated or tiled. Make sure that you sweep well, and do not forget to apply some dog-safe household cleaner, and then mop.
4. Check the air filters. Change your air-conditioning or furnace filters at least once a month. If you have multiple pets or one that sheds a lot, consider changing your filters bi-weekly. Not only will your home smell cleaner, but dog hair can clog an air filter and break your A/C quicker than you might think.
5. Make use of disinfectants. Many odors are caused by bacteria. Try to remove surface bacteria where odors linger using high-quality sanitizers that kill more than 99% of germs. Check your labels, though – make sure your cleaning products are safe for curious tongues and noses!
6. Mask the scent with air fresheners. Use some standard spray air fresheners that don’t just cover the smell up but more importantly eliminate them.
7. Get rid of urine odors. Make use of enzyme powered pet stains and other odor removers to eliminate urine smells.
8. Do not forget your pet’s bedding. If washable, wash it in hot water and then spray some fresh, clean, pet-friendly scent at least twice a month.
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