Cleaning up after your pets can be messy, but it’s important to keep their things and your home clean so that they stay healthy. It’s just as important to only use pet safe cleaning products that won’t irritate your pets but still give a thorough clean.
If you’ve got a puppy or a kitten you might find that their bedding and toilet areas remain clean but the rest of your house gets a little messy. We’ve got tips on cleaning up after your pet’s mistakes as well.
Here’s the best way to keep your pet’s essentials and your home clean and smelling great.
Beds and Blankets
The first step is to remove as much pet hair as possible. You can use a lint roller or if there’s a lot of hair you should get your vacuum out. The more hair you can remove the less you’ll have to clean out of your washing machine.
Once you’ve rolled or vacuumed as much of your pet’s hair as you can, it’s time to get to the washing. If there are any stains on the bed or blanket you should pre-treat them as you normally would with a stain remover.
Once pre-treated, place your pet’s bedding or blankets into the washing machine on their own and run a cold wash.
If you can, sun-dry the beds and blankets as it uses less power and the sun’s rays are great at getting rid of any leftover odours.
Cages and Crates
Make sure you’ve removed any bedding or blankets and washed them separately using the instructions above.
Take the cage or crate outside and spray it with a pet safe cleaner to remove any odours and stains there may be. Leave it for a few minutes so that it can break down any odour causing particles and trap odours, then rinse it off.
For a very thorough clean, reapply your pet safe cleaner and use a scrub brush to remove any rust or dirt. Make sure you get into all the corners and scrub the undersides as well.
Rinse the cage or crate off and let it dry before replacing the bedding.
If you’re pregnant, please ask someone to do this job for you to avoid the risk of toxoplasmosis. Whoever is doing the cleaning should be wearing gloves and a mask.
Begin by throwing out the old litter and scraping off any dried bits of litter stuck to the box. It’s best not to leave the old litter in a bin sitting inside your house, take the bag and dispose of it outside straight away.
Now to clean the box itself – this is best done outside, not in your kitchen sink. Scrub and wash the litter box with a sponge or a scrub brush using warm water and a mild detergent. Once you’re done washing, spray the litter box with a pet safe cleaner and leave it for a few minutes to break down stains and remove any odours. Rinse off and let it dry.
Lastly, place a filter or charcoal if you use them in the bottom of the empty litter box before refilling with kitty litter and it’s ready to be used again.
Grass Potty Mats
Start by removing any poop from the grass and lifting the fake or real grass off the tray underneath. Pour any urine in the tray into the toilet and then wash the tray with a pet safe cleaner to remove any odours. Rinse the tray and leave it to dry.
If your potty mat uses real grass, you shouldn’t wash it but you can spray it with a pet odour remover to get rid of any bad smells. If yours has fake grass you should wash it thoroughly with a pet safe cleaner and warm water.
When both the grass and tray are dry, put them back together and they’re ready to be used again.
Hose the area down with water first to push the pee into a nearby drain. Then spray a pet safe cleaner to cover the affected area. Leave it for a few minutes and then hose it down again.
First mop or wipe away the pee to clean the area, then spray a pet safe cleaner liberally to cover the affected area. Leave it for a few minutes and then wipe or mop away.
Soft furnishings such as carpets, sofas or beds
Use a sponge or a cloth to dab and remove the pee from the soft furnishing without scrubbing as this will only make it harder to remove. Once the pee has been removed, spray the affected area with a pet safe cleaner and leave it for a few minutes. Dab the affected area with a dry sponge or cloth to remove the cleaner and lift away any odour causing particles.
Here are what some of our happy, long-term customers are saying about EcoShield Pets.
I used Ecoshield Pets to remove dog urine off a fabric couch which was there for a few weeks, I did try other stuff to remove the odour and none of them worked. I used EcoShield twice on the urine and the smell and stain went away. It is the best spray that i have used for dog urine and i will definitively make sure i always have a bottle in the cupboard.Sonya Meehan
I use on floor boards, tiles and grout, catio and fabric for cat urine. Works brilliantly.Karen Smits
I used it on the floor (laminated timber) and on my dog’s bedding after she was a bit unwell and vomited. Excellent.Lisa Pavarini
I use it on polished floor boards on dog urine where they sometimes wee. I have used it on wet and dried urine to help clean but also for odors. I used to use white vinegar and find this is better at eliminating any smells. It cleans the area thoroughly with minimal effort.Marnie Hammersley
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