Vacuuming in homes with pets
2September 2019, by Jasper Wilhelm.
Vacuuming pets. Pets in our homes are getting more an more integrated in our daily life, and in many homes the pets are almost like a family member.
In fact more and more families are living with pets, and for many reasons.
In our family we have a dog, Teddy, which is first of all a fantastic “friend”, as our childen are so happy for this. We parents naturally also.
But pets (in this article dogs) can have many other functions and roles in your home.
In our home, my wife and me decided, that there should be a dog in the house when our children are back from school.
In other homes, dogs are used as a kind of fellow for many people. For others it can be a great help if you have a handicap. And for others again the dog might be your hunting partner etc.
So, no matter what is the reason for having pets (in this article dogs), it is most likely inside your home, and there will be a need for vacuuming.
In this post I will give you 7 Tips for vacuuming in homes with dogs.
1.Decide on frequency of vaccuming
By having a dog in your home, you for sure will experience, that more dog hair, dirt and dust will be visible around the corners in your home. And every time you move it (eg. by vacuuming), it will come again after a short time. Therefore, you have to decide on how often you have to – or are willing to – do the vacuuming. For some families it is enough to do it once weekly. For others, more times weekly is needed.
In our family, we have a beautiful dog running around, so we need to do the vacuuming in most rooms every second day, approximately.
2.Decide on ambition level for vacuuming pets
Once decided on the frequency of your vacuuming, you have to think about how much time you want to invest in this task – the ambition level you have here? This for sure can be very different from family to family.
In our home we are pretty ambitious. We almost allways do it the hard way, meaning in all rooms, squares and corners.
The vacuuming in homes with dogs require additional attention, and if you do nothing, you will not feel well in your own home.
3.Decide if external help is needed for vacuuming pets
In many families with dogs and children, the vacuuming task can be stressing and overwhelming.
Stay calm, this is VERY normal. Not all of us have the time for doing this vacuuming task more times a week.
Therefore, for many families, it is a good solution to buy some external help for the vacuuming tasks. And if it is dedicated to this, it is not that expensive.
4.Pets are wellcome and part of the family
Pets are getting more and more convenient in many families. In our family, the dog we have, is already the second dog (Teddy, a Labradoodle) after many years with the first dog (Meggie, a Border Collie).
Humans and dogs can be very connected emotionally, and for many reasons. In many families the dog is an extra family member.
In that sense we also accept that the dog leaves hair, dust and dirt inside our home. Meaning we also accept that there is an extra vacuuming task when we also want to have a clean home.
5.Vacuuming pets fur
It is very important, that when you make your plan for vacuuming in your home, you also take the maintenance of the dog’s fur into consideration. That is in fact a big task in our home.
Unmaintained dog’s fur will initiate more hair, dirt and dust in your home. Meaning more work for you when doing your vacuuming tasks.
So have a plan for maintaining your dogs fur. We do this more times a week on our dog (bonus info: our dog loves it).
6.Decide in which rooms your pets must have access to
In our home we have decided where our dog is allowed to be present and be playing.
And that is not in all rooms.
When we are not at home, the dog is allowed to be in the kitchen and the hall only. And when we are all home, the dog can also be in the living rooms. And in the night when we are watching TV, our pretty dog comes and lies just in front of the sofa.
However, our dog is not allowed to come in all rooms, as there are too many things which can be moved around, and hence also generate a lot of dust and dirt from the dog’s hair.
This way of giving access to dedicated rooms, depending of the time of the day, helps better to manage and limit from where the hair, dirt and dust can come.
And then also how much, and how often, we need to vacuum the different rooms, although we do it almost every second day.
7.Playing with the pets indoor
The playing with the pets per nature will generate a lot of dirt and dust.
Especially when children are running around with the pets, this can generate a lot of dirt and dust all over your home.
So limit this playing to dedicated rooms in your home.
A bit playing with the dog is allowed in the living room (not sofas or couches), and in the kitchen in our home. And no where else. A dog also need to know the house rules.
So, managing how and where to play with your pets is important for the vacuuming planning and the vacuuming intensity in your home. Effective planning of this will save a lot of time and money.
2September 2019, by Jasper Wilhelm.
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