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Keeping Floors Clean With Pets

Pets make great companions, but they’re notorious for getting dirty. From piles of fur to muddy paw prints to spilled water dishes, it seems your four-legged friend is always making a mess somewhere. Fortunately, it’s possible to maintain a clean house, even if you have a dog or cat running around. Just follow these tips for keeping floors clean with pets.

Brush, Brush, Brush

Most dogs and cats shed, so fur-related messes are the number one issue pet owners face. Keep hair buildup at bay with daily brushing sessions. If possible, brush your pet outside to keep fur from flying around the living room as you groom your pet.

Clean Your Pet After Going on Walks

Dogs can track in dirt and mud from outside, so establish a grooming routine after every walk. Start by laying down a heavy-duty doormat at your front entrance. Stand here and use an old towel, wet wipes, and a spray bottle to clean muddy paws before you step inside.

If you have a laundry room, you can also head here to wipe the dirt or rinse the mud off your dog’s paws before a mess is tracked throughout the house. If your pup gets wet from walking in the rain, rub him off with a towel, and confine him to a room with an easy-to-clean floor until he dries completely.

Use Quality Floor-Cleaning Supplies

Your best friends for maintaining floors with pets are a good electrostatic broom and pet-appropriate vacuum cleaner. These are the most effective tools for eliminating pet hair from your home.

Adopt a quick daily floor-cleaning routine in high-traffic areas to keep pet hair from migrating to all the nooks and crannies. Then, sweep and vacuum the rest of the house at least once a week.

Clean Up Accidents Quickly

Living with pets means you’ll occasionally have to clean up accidents. Act fast and use enzyme-based cleaners to get feces, urine, vomit, and other fluids out of the carpet and off the hardwood floor as effectively as possible.

Create a Den for Your Dog

Buy your pet a comfortable, sensible bed you can clean easily. (Remember to do this about once a week.) Then, assign your dog to a specific room. Over time, this will become his “den” where he hangs out most of the time. As a result, a majority of your pet’s hair and dirt will remain confined to that room.

Maintain Your Pet’s Food and Water Area

You don’t use the same plate and cup more than once before washing it, do you? Ideally, the same should go for your pets, which means you should clean their dishes every day. While you’re at it, wipe down the floors, wall, and baseboards around your cat and dog’s eating area once a week. Then, avoid drips and splashes by placing a mat under the food and water bowls.

Schedule Household Cleaning Services from Molly Maid

Keeping floors clean with pets is quite a task – and that’s just one item on your list of household chores! If you need assistance getting everything done so you have time to enjoy the activities you love, turn to Molly Maid and our professionally trained crew for help. We have experience cleaning homes with pets, kids, and other mess-makers. Choose from one of our flexible cleaning options, which range from a single deep-cleaning to occasional cleaning to routine assistance with household chores.

To arrange professional house cleaning services near you, please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (888) 583-6490 today for a free estimate!

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If you’ve ever gotten mustard on your fingers while making potato salad, deviled eggs or anything containing mustard, you know how it can stain your skin.  Imagine what it can do to your clothes!  We all try to be careful when eating, but accidents do happen.  You’re enjoying an outdoor barbecue with friends or taking in a ball game with your family when the unthinkable happens – a blob of mustard drips off your hot dog and on to your shirt.  Is your only option to trash the shirt or use it for cleaning rags?  Absolutely not.  We’ll tell you

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How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Homeowners choose quartz countertops for many reasons; their beauty, the fact that they harbor less bacteria because they’re nearly non-porous, and ease of cleaning.  You may have these gorgeous countertops in your kitchen, bathroom, or both, and you want to keep them sparkling like new.  From streaks and fingerprints to stains, we’ll show you how to clean quartz countertops so that you can enjoy their beauty for years to come! First, always be sure to wipe up any spills right away. Juice, jelly, mustard, ketchup – anything that spills and sits for a while will be harder to remove and may

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How to Remove Chlorine from Bathing Suits, Hair & Skin

Chlorine is a vital chemical for making public water safe, both for swimming and drinking. Unfortunately, it has some undesired consequences. Chlorine has a distinct odor that follows you home. It causes dry, itchy skin for sensitive individuals. It even has a bleaching effect that turns light-colored hair green and fades bathing suits over time. To prevent these problems and still enjoy hours in the pool every week this summer, you need to learn how to remove chlorine from your bathing suit, hair, and skin. Just follow these tips before getting in the water and washing up after the pool.

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How to Clean the American Flag

You may love hanging the American flag in your yard as part of your patriotic garden, especially if you’re a retired veteran or have family members serving in the Armed Forces. Unfortunately, flags get dirty, just like any fabric left outside for extended periods. Have you ever wondered, “Can you clean the American flag?” If so, the answer is simple – flying a dirty flag is poor etiquette, and dirt also wears out the flag faster, so cleaning it is not only possible but highly recommended. The problem is that American flags can be tricky to wash. The bright red and

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How to Pack (and Stay Organized) for a Road Trip

Road trips make traveling with your family affordable. You can bring whatever you want without worrying about baggage restrictions at the airport. Plus, you can pace yourself and make stops along the way to your destination. Soak up all the sights our great nation has to offer with a family road trip this summer! The trick is to keep your car clean and make finding certain items easier as you travel. With this guide on how to pack for a road trip, never again will you misplace or accidentally ruin belongings while on the road. Know What to Pack for

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Nothing says summer vacation like a day at the beach! All you can think about is what fun you’ll have with your family, but it’s also important to slow down and take time to pack carefully for your trip. Make sure you don’t forget anything essential by following these beach packing tips. Pick the Right Bags Pack most of your beach essentials in a large canvas or woven PVC bag with zippered compartments to keep sand off delicate items, such as your phone or camera. For added protection, consider placing these items in disposable zip-top sandwich bags. No one likes to bring the beach

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How to Clean A Tent

If you just returned from a camping trip, make sure you clean and dry your tent thoroughly before storing it, especially if it has a moldy smell to it. With these tips, you’ll learn the best way to clean a tent so it will be ready to go the next time adventure calls. Tips for Cleaning a Tent Your first thought might be to throw the tent into the washing machine, but this is not the best way to clean a tent. In fact, laundering a tent could stretch or tear the fabric, mesh, and seams, so never do this! Instead,

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Green Cleaning with Essential Oils

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Many women wonder whether using cleaning products while pregnant is safe. It’s natural to be cautious about the products you use and their potential impact on you or your unborn baby! While most are safe to use, there are some you may want to avoid completely. When you’re pregnant, you may find certain smells or odors offensive even if the products are completely safe to use. If this is the case either choose another product, wear a protective mask or make sure the area is well-ventilated so the odor isn’t as strong. Cleaning while pregnant – products or ingredients to

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