Having pets increases the amount of elbow grease and housework you have to do. It’s a simple fact that most pet lovers gladly accept. But it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. 

Having pets can also damage your home and reek havoc (pun intended) on its smell. Having an icky smelling home can be embarrassing if Fido and Fluffy like to relieve themselves on the living room carpet.

To prevent fabric and carpet damage, and help yummify the smell of your home, here are some of our favorite pet cleaning tips:

  • For tough pet stains, put undiluted soda water directly on the stain; blot with a dry white towel. Repeat this process until the majority of the moisture is absorbed. Then, put a fresh dry white towel on the area and place a heavy object over the towel to soak up the remaining moisture.
  • To eliminate the source of pet odors in your carpet, wash the area with a disinfectant cleaning solution; rinse; and dry. Despite advertising claims to the contrary, aerosol fresheners don’t eliminate odors; they simply mask the unpleasant odor with a better one.
  • An odor disposer multi-action enzyme formula will completely eliminate all odors and stains caused by pet accidents on water-safe surfaces.
  • If all else fails, consult with a professional carpet cleaner.

How Do I Reduce Dust In My House?

Anyone who suffers from allergies can tell you: they’re for real. And the allergens inside the house, like molds, house dust, dust mites, and pet dander can be just as intense as outdoor triggers like springtime pollen. To help allergy-proof your home, prevent dust and reduce the symptoms of hay fever and allergic asthma, The Mayo Clinic recommends a weekly house cleaning routine.

Cleaning Tips to Prevent Allergies

  • Damp-mopping hard floors
  • Removing dust from all surfaces including easy-to-forget ones like ceiling fans, windowsills, window frames, and the tops of doors
  • Use a damp microfiber rag to collect the dust; feather dusters just redistribute the dust
  • Vacuuming carpet, furniture cushions and pillows. Use a micro-filter vacuum bag or a HEPA filter
  • Shaking out rugs and give pillows a good whack (outside!)

Other Allergy-Reducing Cleaning Tips

  • Replacing your HVAC air filters every two to three months with HEPA air filters
  • Inspecting air ducts for dust build up on the duct walls and clean if needed
  • Steam cleaning carpets every six months
  • Washing drapes and curtains
  • Run a HEPA air purifier in the room
  • Clean air vent registers with the brush attachment on your vacuum
  • Keep your house cooler (70⁰F or below) and drier (relative humidity at 50% or below) to create indoor conditions that are less hospitable to dust mites and mold spores
  • Inspecting your air ducts can also help reduce dust and allergy symptoms. Steam cleaning your carpets will remove dust and debris embedded deep within the fibers that contaminates indoor air. Our sister company, Rainbow International, is certified in air duct cleaningand carpet steam cleaning.With state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, they’ll give your carpet and air ducts a deep clean you won’t find anywhere else.

Need a little extra help cleaning up after the holidays? Contact your local Molly Maid at 615-794-0200 or 615-603-3766,today https://www.mollymaid.com/s-davidson-williamson-maury-counties/about-us/contact-us/

Ashley Farrar

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