If you’re the proud owner of a fluffy cat or dog, you’ll know the challenge of dealing with fur around the house and all over your clothes!
The changeover of the seasons can trigger more intense shedding in pets, with some breeds losing more fur than others. Combine this with low humidity in certain parts of Australia and you can be facing a really dusty, fluffy situation.
This week, we chat with Jess from Pawshake about some simple hacks to stay on top of the fluff between big cleans.
1. The secret to these cleaning methods is regularity: a little every day is a much healthier, more effective approach to fluff management than letting it build up. Otherwise you will be facing a backbreaking mega-clean once a month and dealing with fur all over your dark clothes and soft furniture in the meantime!
2. As always, be sure to check the safety of any products you use around your pet. Certain cleaning products (for example, bleach and fabric softener) are toxic to both cats and dogs and should be kept clear of your fur kid.
3. Place extra rugs and throws on floors and furniture – this will protect the majority of your home from fluff and you can easily throw these items in the wash later.
4. Fluff on flat surfaces – a simple damp cloth with some diluted detergent is a great tool to swiftly grab up that loose fluff. The dampness of the cloth breaks the static and will prevent further fluffiness from building up.
5. Fluff caught in soft furniture – couch and car seats truly packed with fluff? Pop some latex gloves on, dampen them slightly under a tap and rub them over the surface. A damp cloth or sponge will work too if you don’t have a glove handy.
6. Floors – for the hard variety, there are some great dry mops on the market: but if you’re feeling a bit energetic (or the kids are bored!) you can pop on some thick sports socks and scoot around the house for a few minutes. You’ll be amazing at the amount of fluff your socks will catch without stirring up the fur into the air!
7. Vacuuming – a solid vacuum cleaning will do wonders around your home, whether you vacuum carpet, hard floors or even your furniture. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag regularly as this will keep it working effectively, and replace your filter regularly. It’s not a bad idea to give your vacuum a good wipe down from time to time (especially the head, which can get embedded with dust and fur).
8. When choosing furniture or décor for your home, best to go for hard surfaces (such as leather, wood or vinyl) if you have the choice, as these are much easier to wipe clean. And it goes without saying to avoid an all-white colour scheme! Choose neutral, natural tones that won’t easily show up marks or fur.
9. Clothes – Furry clothes are often the giveaway uniform of a pet owner! Beat the stray fluff by leaving a simple lint roller by the front to use before heading out. Alternatively, rubbing double-sided sticky tape is a cheaper method of picking out that stubborn fur. Before washing clothes, pop them in the dryer with some dryer balls to loosen up any fur that might be caught, which you can later discard with the laundry lint.
10. Grooming – staying on top of your pet’s regular grooming, bathing and fur-brushing will keep the worst of the fluff at bay, especially for long-haired cats and dogs. Their coats can build up with dead fur, which will make a mountain of vacuuming for you at a later date – especially at the change of the seasons.
11. Choosing your pet – if you’re still yet to find your purrfect cat or dog, consider a breed that has minimal shedding. It’s worth researching as this often isn’t a case of long fur versus short fur – breeds in both categories can shed a lot!
If you love a long hot shower, than you probably know that if you take enough of them in your windowless bathroom, you may notice mould, even though you clean regularly. This is because the combination of constant moisture and warmth in a windowless room is the perfect breeding ground for mould, no matter how much you clean. The key to reducing mould in your bathroom tile, however, is how you clean. That being said, here are some tips for reducing mould in your bathroom tiles:
People who have made an investment in new carpeting for their home become very protective of it because new carpeting can be expensive and should last for many years. Because of the fear that something so expensive can get ruined so easily, many myths have grown up around how to care for it so that it lasts longer. The most common myths being about how to clean carpets so they don’t get ruined, as well as how often to clean them. Here are some of the most common myths:
It is possible to repair water damaged carpets without calling a professional, especially if you don’t have homeowner’s insurance or you aren’t covered for flooding. Just keep in mind that what we are talking about here is clean water damage, which is a burst water pipe or rain water damage to carpets. If your carpets are damaged by sewage water (also known as black water) you will actually have to throw the carpets out as they will become a health hazard.
Whether it is an old stain or a new one – pet urine stains and odours can be successfully removed from your carpet without using harsh chemicals or strong cleaners that may damage the fibers. That being said, here are the steps for removing both old and new pet urine stains and odours from any type of carpeting:
If you have spilled nail polish on your carpet or your sofa, you will probably feel a sudden panic attack. This is because nail polish is so brightly colored and permanent that it may seem like it will never come out. However, there are steps that you can take to get the nail polish stain out of the carpet – even if it is dried. The main thing not to do is panic and start soaking the stain with nail polish remover – because this can make it even worse.
Who would think that spilled milk could make such a mess of your carpet? Many people think that red wine is the worst thing to be spilled on your carpet, but if you have children, you know that milk can be worse. This because while red wine may leave a stain, the wine itself evaporates and can be easier to get out of a carpet than milk. Milk tends to hang around and if not properly cleaned can produce a sour smell that can take over a room. That being said, here are the steps you need to follow for completely removing milk stains from your carpet:
The best method for removing ink stains from leather lounges is pretty basic as soon as you find out what kind of leather you have on your lounge. Leather can simply be referred to as naked leather or finished leather. Most lounges should be made with finished leather, which means that the leather is sealed and easier to clean. An example of unfinished leather would be suede, and an ink stain on something like suede can only be removed by a professional dry cleaner. However, with a lounge that is covered in unfinished leather, you should always treat the leather before you start using it.
When it comes to keeping your security deposit, the two things that a landlord will almost always charge you for are holes in the walls and dirty or stained carpets. This is because if the carpets are dirty or stained after you leave, almost no one will want to move in without a carpet cleaning. So if you are renting a home or an apartment, especially if you have pets and children, you will probably always wind up paying for a carpet cleaning after you move. However, there are ways to ensure your landlord won’t charge you for a carpet cleaning if you follow a few basic steps when you move in.
Most carpets these days are stain resistant, and you can even get additional treatments for them if you have pets and children. However, it is important to get a carpet treated right after it is installed if you want the extra stain guard treatment to work. Also, keep in mind that no carpets are stain proof, so don’t think that just because you get a carpet that is stain resistant that it will repel all stains because it won’t. This is especially true if you don’t vacuum your carpet every week – because dirt and oil in the carpet are what really locks in a stain to the fibers.
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