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The world has changed for us all in 2020, and it's no different for our beloved pets. They have likely picked up on subtle changes such as their human owners being around a lot more, and even an increase in their amount of daily walks.
As a result, our four-legged friends are more likely to feel frustrated and unsettled, and display behavioural problems such as restlessness, destructive chewing, going to the toilet inside or barking and whining, so it’s important to keep on top of the cleaning that occurs as a result.
Cleaning and laundry brand Dr. Beckmann, that Mrs Hinch has promoted on her Instagram stories numerous times, have listed the top ten spots that need our attention…
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Whether it’s muddy paw prints or an abundance of dog/cat hairs, carpets are the battleground for all pet stains. If you’ve found that you’ve got mud on the carpet, resist the temptation to wipe at the stain. Let the mud dry and scrape off the dried dirt, then tackle the mark with a stain remover. Dr. Beckmann’s Pet Stain & Odour Remover is always handy to have in the cupboard – perfect for your mucky pups.
Floors often have unseen dirt and germs and need a deeper clean, especially when your pets are roaming free. Brushing hard floors and then mopping with anti-bacterial products is a good way to keep on top of the dirt and germs.
3. Pillows & cushions
These items will be getting some extra use during lockdown, who doesn’t enjoy cuddles with their pooch on the sofa?! As a result of this, these items need to be washed regularly. Place cushion covers in the washing machine and for cushion pads or pillows use a non-bio detergent and tumble dry.
Similarly to the above, lockdown will potentially see people let their dog sleep in the bed with them. A treat for our pets, but can soon lead into a dirty disaster for us. To get rid of pet odour from your sheets, check the car label and then wash them on the hottest temperature possible. Hotter water can kill most germs and bacteria and will remove pets smelly scent.
5. Front doors
Door knobs, handles and letterboxes are common items that are usually forgotten about when doing your cleaning chores. When your four-legged friend is all hyped up ready for its daily walk, it’s likely that they’ll jump up at the front door – eager to escape lockdown. It’s important to regularly wipe down the front door with soap and water and apply a surface cleaner to the objects. Save money and time by not leaving the metal lift unwiped, the longer it is left the harder it’ll be to clean afterwards
Pet hair can get all over our clothing as many dogs aren’t hypoallergenic so use a roller or sticky pad to remove any pet hair from clothes before washing them. Tests have proven that washing your clothes at 60 degrees with a good detergent can be just as effective.
Similar to our clothes, as our pets lay on them for hours on end (alongside us) dog and cat hair can often remain on furniture, the best approach is to use a sticky roller or pad to remove visible pet hair followed by using the vacuum cleaner to capture any unseen hair and dust
Keeping your car clean is a tough task, especially when you’re driving home from a woodland walk. Invest in seat covers, which are easy to take off and place in the washing machine. If you don’t have covers, tackle tough seat stains with washing-up liquid and warm water. Use a damp cloth and sponge the stain until it disappears.
As we spend more time in lockdown, the stairs will be getting extra use, so you’ll need to keep on top of these regularly. Firstly, tackle your stairs with a vacuum to make sure you remove all the extra dirt and debris. Then use Dr. Beckmann’s Carpet Stain Remover’s brush head to clean your stairs of stubborn stains and marks. If you have a pet in the home, then the Pet Stain & Odour Remover does the trick and helps eliminate the pet’s odour.
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10. Pet bed and accessories
Your pet’s bed, toys, blanket and any other accessory you have in the house have a tendency to pick up the strong pet odour, as they are used daily. Make sure you clean these regularly, a machine-washable pet bed is advised. Simply place the bed and the other accessories in the washing machine for a deep cleanse, which will leave the products smelling fresh and fur free (fingers crossed).
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