Cleaning Tips for Seniors with Pets

As an older pet parent, keeping your home clean can sometimes feel like a never-ending battle. That’s why we’ve put together some pawsitively pawesome cleaning tips for seniors with pets!

Keep Furniture Fresh

There’s no doubt that furniture cops the brunt of pet-related messes. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to keep your house fresh, consider purchasing removable couch covers. Removable couch and chair covers come in a range of colours and textures, so you can customise your living space and keep your furniture clean at the same time. Now, next time your pup or puss makes a mess, throw the cover in the wash, and your furniture will look (and smell) brand new.

Also, if you’re ever in the market for a whole new couch, opt for fabrics like leather, vinyl, faux suede, or chenille that repel fur and are a breeze to wipe clean. This way, you’ll save yourself a heap of hassle in the long run.

Quick hack: A rubber squeegee is like a secret weapon against pet hair on carpets and upholstery. Simply run it over surfaces to remove pesky fur with ease.

Get Grooming

Regular grooming isn’t just good for your furry friend; it also helps keep your home clean. If you can, take your pet to a professional groomer—they’ll have special brushes and products that help control shedding and smells. Otherwise, consider learning how to bathe and groom your little loved one at home. If you’re living with lower mobility, an ergonomic stool next to the bath and a tap-connected dog washing hose will make grooming a breeze. In between washing, regularly brush your furry friend’s coat to help control loose hair and keep it off your floors and furniture.

Pro-tip: Make things easier by investing in a good, lightweight (low-mobility friendly) vacuum cleaner specially designed to tackle pet hair.

Solve Unwanted Smells

Even with regular bathing, pets can leave your home smelling a little musty. But if your smallest family member is squeaky clean, what’s causing the funk? There are two common culprits—your carpet and your pet’s accessories (bedding, toys, etc.). Think about it; before baths, your pet is rolling around on the carpet, chewing on toys, and hanging out on their bedding, transferring bacteria in the process. Thankfully, most types of plush bedding and toys can be machine-washed and air-dried for optimum ease. For stinky carpets, sprinkle some baking soda on the offending area and vacuum it after a few hours. Baking soda is a great, inexpensive, mobility-friendly way to freshen hard-to-clean carpets and send that funk packing. Easy!

Could you use some help keeping your house clean? Or could you use some assistance looking after your furry family member? We can help! Here at Simply Helping, we offer a great range of flexible home care services, including cleaning and pet sitting. Click here to learn more and contact us today!