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When you live close to the beach and have pets, it is easy for your house to get dirty quickly. Dogs get wet and covered in sand and then track it all over your home. If you have pets and live on the coast, follow these cleaning tips for pet owners.

Hose Down and Dry Off Before Coming Inside

After taking your dog for a walk on the beach, keep sand from getting all over your house by hosing all the sand off your dog before coming inside. Keep towels near the hose and outdoor shower so that you can thoroughly dry your dog and yourself off after rinsing. You’ll be less likely to track sand and dirt inside if you both are clean and dry.

Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners for Getting Pet Hair Off Furniture

When dogs swim often, they tend to shed more. You may feel like it’s a constant battle cleaning pet hair off of your furniture. Luckily, there is an easy way to do this, even if you have to do it every day. Keep a few lint rollers at the house and roll them over your upholstered furniture daily to remove pet hair.

If you don’t have a lint roller, you could also wrap duct tape around your hand and run it over your couches and chairs. This is a simple daily task that only takes a few minutes.

Keeping the Carpet Clean

Frequent vacuuming helps keep your carpet clean, but sometimes pet hair gets trapped in the fibers of carpets and rugs. One trick to remove the stubborn pet hair is to use a sponge mop that you have dedicated only for this task. Lightly spray the mop with water and lightly run it over the carpet. The fur trapped in the carpet will clump up on the surface. Then, you can easily vacuum it up.

Cleaning the Pet Food Area

The area where your pets eat can get messy easily. Keep your floors from getting water damaged and stained by placing a large, waterproof mat underneath their bowls. Pieces of kibble will likely end up on the floor, so use a dust buster or broom to clean this area daily. Wash the food and water bowls frequently so they don’t grow bacteria.

Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners: Beds with Removable Covers

When buying your pets new beds, choose options with removable covers. This makes them much easier to clean and dry. Beds without covers can usually still be thrown in the washing machine, but it takes a lot more water and energy to launder them. It is recommended to wash their bedding every 1-2 weeks.

Having pets at a beach house can be a challenge when it comes to cleaning. However, by using the above cleaning tips for pet owners, you can maintain a clean space while still having fun on the beach.

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