7 Simple Tips for Keeping a Clean Home With Dogs

Keeping a clean home with dogs around can be tough… but not impossible! Check out our 7 simple tips for keeping a clean home with dogs below – you can thank us later! 😉

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1. Bath and Groom your Dog Regularly

It might seem obvious, but bathing and grooming your dog regularly (and as needed) goes a long way to keeping a clean home with dogs. Not only do they smell much nicer they’ll also drop less fur. Don’t forget to wipe their paws and give their coats a rub-down each time they come inside too, as this will help reduce the amount of dirt and debris that inevitably gets tracked inside.

If budget permits, consider setting up a mini dog cleaning station at your back door (or whichever door your dog uses most), this will help to intercept dirt and debris before it makes its way inside.

     RELATED READ: 12 Genius Mudroom Dog Wash Station Ideas for Pet Lovers

Handy Dog Cleaning Station Tools

The Original Dirty Dog Shammy Quick Drying Towel via Amazon

Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Washer/Paw Cleaner via Amazon

Kong Zoom Groom Rubber Dog Grooming Brush via Amazon

Gorilla Grip Original Heavy Duty Rubber Doormat via Amazon

Furbliss Hygienic Pet Wipes for Dogs & Cats via Amazon

Be sure to keep up to date with your dog’s preventative flea and parasite treatments too as preventing an infestation in your home is always much easier than trying to get rid of one!

2. Choose the right Grooming Tools for your Dog's Coat

Leading on from point number 1, investing in the right grooming tools for your dog’s coat-type is key to minimizing the the fur ‘tumble-weeds’ around your home.

Popular deshedding tools like the FURminator and Zoom Groom are fantastic for removing loose, dead undercoat from shedding dogs and actually help to reduce future shedding. For our top picks for best deshedding tools for dogs, check out our post below;

     RELATED READ: 7 Best DeShedding Tools for Dogs (by Coat Type)

3. Invest in a good quality Pet Vacuum

This is a big one! Having the right vacuum for the job (i.e. pet hair) goes a long way to keeping a clean home with dogs. When looking to purchase a quality pet vacuum for your home be on the look out for features such as motorized cleaning heads and upholstery attachments, as well as powerful sucking capabilities and advanced filtration systems (these are especially good for pet dander). 

If budget permits, we highly recommend investing in a robot vacuum like the Roborock, as you can set these to run daily with minimal effort (you’ll be amazed at how much fluff it picks up each day!).

     RELATED READ: Shark vs Dyson for Pet Hair (Stick Vacuum Comparison)

     RELATED READ: 10 Best Pet Hair Remover Tools For Your House and Car

BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner via Amazon

Roborock S6 Pure Robot Vacuum and Mop via Amazon

Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner via Amazon

4. Stick to a regular floor cleaning schedule

Maintenance is key to keeping a clean home with dogs. That goes for cleaning the floor too! Make sure you stick to a regular vacuuming and mopping schedule when you have dogs around. If you can, try to schedule 1-2 thorough floor cleanings a week to keep on top of things. Alternatively, do a little each day or invest in a robot vacuum with mopping capability that can run each day (or while you sleep) without you having to lift a finger (it seriously is a game-changer!).

5. Opt for pet-friendly upholstery fabrics and rugs

When choosing furniture and soft furnishings, be mindful of the color and types of fabrics that you choose. While light colors can be less forgiving in terms of dirt and accidents, dark colored fabrics also show up pet hair a lot more, especially when you have a light colored dog!

In terms of fabric choice and cleaning, fabrics with tighter weaves (like microfiber and velvet) are your best bet. Leather is also a great choice as it’s easy to clean and pet hair doesn’t stick to it (just be mindful of sharp claws). Canvas and outdoor fabrics are also great pet-friendly alternatives.

If you’re worried about stains and damage from claws, a good fabric protector spray and/or furniture slip-covers are an excellent investment.

Petmaker Waterproof Pet Polyester Blanket via Wayfair

Scotchgard Fabric Water Shield, Long Lasting Protection via Amazon

Easy-Going Reversible Water Resistant Sofa Slipcover via Amazon

Similar rules apply for rug selection – be mindful of the color that you choose and if you decide to opt for a high-pile rug (like shag), be prepared to spend A LOT of time vacuuming it! Low-pile and flat weaves tend to be more pet-friendly. Outdoor rugs are another great alternative as they’re hard-wearing with water-repelling capabilities.

6. Have designated No-Dog Zones

Designated no-dog zones and off-limit areas are a great idea if you have young children and/or other animals in your home. They’re also a great way to keep your pup (and valuables!) safe, while teaching them to respect boundaries and ultimately keep areas of your home fur-free and smelling fresh!

For some super cute (and practical) dog room decor inspiration, check out the below post;

     RELATED READ: Non-negotiable Dog Room Decor Essentials

Need help keeping the dog out? Try these:

Carlson Extra Tall Walk Through Pet Gate via Amazon

Door Buddy Door Latch Plus Door Stopper via Amazon

Petmaker Freestanding Pet Gate via Amazon

7. Keep a Dog Mess Clean-up Kit on Hand

Finally, accidents are inevitable (especially with dogs around!), so it pays to be prepared. Keep a dedicated pet accident clean-up kit on hand at home so you can act quickly when they occur.
 
Some useful pet-specific cleaning items for your kit can be found below;
 
7 Simple Tips for Keeping a Clean Home with Dogs - Dog mess clean-up kit essentials

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