Pet-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

By Monday, April 11, 2016

FYI, I’m a brand ambassador for BISSELL’s pawesome line of pet cleaning solutions, so this is a sponsored post.

Our pets occupy a place in our lives that no one else could fill. Their antics make us laugh, they are a source of comfort and companionship, and they give us unconditional love. And yet, along with the almost immeasurable joy that they bring to our lives comes an almost equally immeasurable mess.

Depending on  the qualities of your specific pet, these are some of the challenges to cleanliness that they may have introduced: Many pets shed. Some drool. Others track dirt, shavings, or litter around the house. Some cough up hairballs. Even the most house-broken pets occasionally have accidents. They may lick things. They scatter food around. Basically, they leave their mark.

None of this surprises us. It’s what we signed up for when we decided to become pet parents. Yet, as much as we love our pets, we don’t love the messes they make. Spring is the time of year when many of us traditionally tackle our toughest cleaning tasks. We may look around at the accumulated dirt and stains left by our pets over the winter and wonder where to start.

Can anything wipe the slate clean? Is there such a thing as pet-friendly spring cleaning? Thankfully, the answer is yes! Hair, stains, and odors pose the biggest challenge to a pet parent’s spring cleaning efforts. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tools to help get the job done.

Tips for Dealing with Pet Hair

As the owner of a dog and two cats–all full-time shedders, I’ve managed to tackle the pet hair problem with a three step process.

1. Daily brushing: This routine benefits my home and the bond with my pets. The cats get brushed in the morning (over coffee) and my dog, Chilly, gets brushed in the evening. As long as weather permits, I do this on our screened back porch, so that any fur not caught in the grooming brush doesn’t settle on my floors or furnishings.

2. Weekly baths for Chilly: Whether he’s stinky or not, we bathe our dog Chilly weekly because it not only rids his coat of loose hair, but it also rids his body of allergens that inflame his skin allergies. Many veterinarians recommend frequent bathing as a way to reduce allergy triggers, so this routine has benefits beyond the fur-reduction effort.

3. Bi-weekly (or tri-weekly, depending on the size and furriness of your menagerie) Vacuuming with products specifically designed for a pet home: There are dozens of vacuum cleaners on the market with special tools designed to trap or suction pet hair. I find that the daily brushing and weekly bathing of the dog significantly cuts down on the fur I suction up twice a week.

Still, no matter how hard we try, pet hair seems to find its way into every nook and cranny of the house. It settles on our floors, clings to our carpets and drapes, and adheres to our upholstered furniture. BISSELL’s PowerGlide Pet Vacuum is great for picking up pet hair from any surface in the home.

One of its features is improved suction for picking up more dirt and pet hair with each pass over your floors or carpets. Its Pet TurboEraser® tool is useful for removing pet hair from upholstery or stairs. And it’s lightweight, so you won’t need a trip to the chiropractor to help you recover from using it!

Tips For Dealing With Pet Stains and Odors

1. Clean your vacuum: If you want to avoid your vacuum cleaner becoming a source of more stinks, ALWAYS empty the bag when it’s near full. Don’t wait until it’s bulging full. Also, put a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in every new vacuum bag you install.  If your vacuum is bagless, empty the container that catches the fur and dirt every single time you use it.

2. Plan on a deep cleaning: Your carpet will stay fresher smelling longer if you periodically have it deep cleaned, in between regular vacuuming.  The frequency of both depends on how many pets you have, how much they shed, how many accidents they have and how much mess they track in.

3. Clean up “accidents” quickly: Wouldn’t it be great if our pets only had accidents on the hard, non-porous surfaces in our homes? However, all too often we end up with messes (and stains) on our sofas, upholstered chairs, and carpets. As much as we may wish we could just pick up the sofa and toss it in the wash, that’s just not going to happen. Maybe you’ve tried to spray and blot but are still left with stubborn stains and lingering odors.

Bissell Spot Bot Pet Stain RemoverBISSELL’s SpotBot Pet is an automatic deep cleaner that’s great for cleaning both front end and back end pet accidents (if you know what I mean!) Not only will it treat your stains, it will also remove up to 99% of odor-causing bacteria when used with BISSELL 2X Pet Stain & Odor Formula and water.

Another plus of using any of these products for pet-friendly spring cleaning is that, with every purchase, BISSELL donates to the BISSELL Pet Foundation to help animals in need. Not only can we achieve a deep-down-clean, sweet-smelling home, but some very deserving animals get a helping hand in the process.

Check out my Bissell spot (no pun intended!) on Daytime from last year:

Although this post is sponsored by BISSELL, all opinions are my own. Yours Petfully, Kristen.