9 Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Cleaner in the Winter When You Have Dogs

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Winter is a time of year that we tend to spend more time indoors. But sadly, when we spend more time spent inside, so does the dirt, especially if you have a dog. Extra clothing and blankets help spread the dog hair, making the home chores even more time consuming. There is a lot of daily cleaning that needs to be done to keep your house free of fur.  These nine simple tips can help keep your place cleaner quickly and with minimal effort.

1. Glove Up on Furniture

Rubber gloves are very affordable and effective way to remove pet hair off your furniture. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and run your hands along the upholstery. The hair will quickly and effortlessly rub off your home’s accent pieces.

2. Packing Tape for Clothing

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, the fur will still find its way into your wardrobe. To remove the unwanted strands, use packing tape. Take a piece of tape from the roll and blot the hair off your outfit with ease.

3. Squeegee Your Carpets

Before vacuuming your carpets, grab a rubber edged squeegee and run it over the carpeting. It will effortlessly lift and drag the hair out of the carpet fibers and into a pile for easy cleanup.

4. Teach Your Dog a New Trick

Canines are very smart animals and can learn to do many things. To help keep your floors clean, put an old towel on the surface at the doorway where your canine goes outside. Every time they come back inside, teach them to wipe their feet on the towel. This will keep the dirt off your floors.

5. Old Blankets are Great Beds

Rather than buy an expensive dog bed that is difficult to clean, use old blankets instead. They are easier to clean and will protect your floors and carpeting as well.

6. Use a Runner

In high traffic areas, putting an inexpensive piece of carpeting down on top of your good carpet will help protect your floors from the added dirt that’s making its way into your home.  If you don’t have a piece of carpeting lying around, simply go to a discount store to buy a piece of carpet.

7. Cover Furniture with A Table Cloth

Vinyl table clothes are not only cheap and easy to find, but they are great for covering furniture and beds. The vinyl can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth and will protect your belongs from your pet’s loose fur.

8. Use a Swifter

Swifter floor sweepers pick up hair off hardwood, laminate, and tile floors quickly and without scratching the surface. Once you have finished sweeping the floors, throw out the disposable cloth bottom along with all the attached hair.

9. Brush Your Pet

There are many great doggie brushes designed to remove the undercoat and loose fur from your pet’s coat. Regular brushing not only minimizes the amount of hair that gets on your furnishings, but it’s also a great way to bond with your pet and show them a little TLC.

The colder months tend to keep everyone indoors more,including the family pet. But the more time that you and your dog stay inside the house, the more dirt there is to clean. These simple yet effective cleaning tips will help keep your home cleaner without adding to the burden of your chores.

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