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Carpets and dogs can get along just fine, as long as you find the tools that work for a busy schedule! I’ve got a few tips that can help. :)
When we got the new rugs for my master bedroom, it occurred to me to take a few extra pics and give you a sneak peek on some home maintenance tips on carpet and how we plan to keep things looking their best in the master bedroom. Specifically, how we deal with the conflict of carpet and our two pups with their dirty feet, pet dander, and shedding-related issues. I get asked about how I keep things clean around pets many times, but I can assure you, it’s often simple fixes that make the biggest difference!
I’ve been partnering with Swiffer for many years, so luckily, the wipe down, dust off maintenance is already kept under control in large part to their products. When it comes to cleaning, I’m as lazy as they come, so I like that these can make very quick work of a task I hate. With the new window trim being painted black, that was actually one of the first questions I got — on how I’m going to handle seeing dust! But I really didn’t give it a second thought — just wipe down the blinds first with the Swiffer Duster, then wipe up dust that gets on the window sill with the Swiffer Sweeper Dry cloths. Easy. When we eventually replace the blinds, it will be an even faster cleanup.
(Somehow, Charlie’s shedding gets everywhere and Stella’s is super fine, so we use the dry cloths with the Swiffer Sweeper in the bathroom, too.)
Another tip? Before painting, I also use the dry cloths (or wet if
1. Vacuum & Spot Treat
Anyway, the carpet! Whenever we put down a new rug, we spray on stain preventer to protect everything from long-term stains. After months of use, there are sometimes a few spots to take care of (a wayward pillow and flying coffee mug comes to mind!), so we treat those first (I wrote about that back here).
When we were moving out the old bed and moving in the new floating one, and before putting down the new rugs, we did the usual vacuuming but took the extra step to also rake the carpet. Many of you may not have heard of this one before, but the purpose of this is to get all of the dog hair that doesn’t get picked up by the vacuum. Even with the best cleaner on the market (and K and I have both tried a couple), you think you’ve gotten it all until you use a rake! I do this to my rugs too; it refreshes them and keeps them looking newer for much longer, gets out any shedding, and helps speed up getting out impressions in the carpet/rug from furniture.
After that, we spray down everything with Febreze to get the whole room feeling more refreshed. It helps remove new rug odors especially (that chemical or hay smell). We periodically do this with the linens when we tidy up after
So, that’s our go-to method. Short and sweet — the best possible combo when it comes to cleaning, IMO. We use it just about every time we move furniture, do spring cleaning, add a new rug, etc. It doesn’t take much more effort than simple vacuuming, but it makes a big difference with pets. And since they make life so much better for us in general, it’s a lot of benefit without a lot of work!