It’s an inside job
Wash your sofa covers (check the label first!) at least twice a year, to keep bacteria at bay. (We know a trusted launderette if you can’t do this yourself at home, send us an email for details).
In between deeper cleans, you can sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on sofa cushions, leave for 15 minutes and vacuum off. Bonus points are scored here, as it’s natural and eco-friendly, AND this works just as well on carpets and rugs too. Cha-ching!
White vinegar is our household best friend (we do go on about it, don’t we?!), and if like us, you’re living with cats and dogs, spray this on to windows and wipe with a microfibre to get rid of wet nose and tongue marks!
A lot of people suffer from allergies when around cats (although don’t blame it all on the cat because if you’re susceptible, you could find dogs, horses, rodents, cows and birds irritating too).
“Cat mid-sneeze, maybe cats can be allergic to us too!! 👆🏻”
The dead skin, or dander, that cats shed contains airborne particles that can produce an allergic reaction in susceptible people. Bad news for guests. A lot of people don’t realise it, but they could be allergic to the cat litter, rather than the actual cat. You can buy hypo-allergenic litter (or just train your pet to go outside!), which isn’t ‘dusty’ and helps maintain the spreading of allergens.
It’s also a good idea to have a really thorough vacuum of sofas, curtains and anywhere cat hair might be (including the floors!) just before guests arrive and if none of this helps, suggest they take an antihistamine.
First things first: Pick up after your pet as soon as you see it, avoiding smells, stains and attracting flies…
Spray neat vinegar onto stains and smelly areas, leave it to soak for 30 minutes (you could use this time to vacuum the house in this time!! No…?), then use clean soapy water with a bristle brush to scrub away.
Keep a separate bin outdoors in your garden or on your balcony, for things like poo bags! Keep odours away by tossing a handful of cat litter in there too. Use high quality litter, as it stays fresher for longer.
“If only it were possible to train Rover to do ALL the housework…”
Tried and tested: the best appliances for the job
We recommend using a cleaner, which has an integrated HEPA filter (high-efficiency particulate air). Ensure you get all of the attachments with a vacuum, as these are essential for getting in the corners and hard to reach places – all of which pet hair and dirt will be hiding!
We suggest trying:
- Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Bagless Vacuum Cleaner – quiet, bagless (hygienic!) and comes with good attachments!
- Dyson DC41 Mk2 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner – pricey, but has a large collection capacity and works wonders on all types of floors! Dyson also do handheld cordless vacuums (see the V6 Animal), they are brilliant for convenience and ease when you’re too busy for anything else.
- Black+Decker 18V Lithium-Ion Flexi Vacuum- budget friendly, easy to empty and cordless. Keep for quick cleaning in the car if you have dogs.