Your pet is a part of the family. But even your family can be messy at times. Keep your apartment clean with these tips for cleaning pet messes and more.

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Keeping Your Apartment Odor Free

There are a handful of things that you can do as a pet owner to keep your apartment smelling fresh. First, cleaning your home on a regular basis can help you rid your living space of pet odors. Regularly mopping, vacuuming, dusting and laundering fabrics are all musts. Next, keep your pet clean. Brushing and baths can keep your pet smelling nice, and your apartment, too.

In addition to keeping your apartment clean, you’ll want to keep your pets toys and accessories clean. This includes pet beds, blankets, and cloth toys as well as kennels and litter boxes, for cat owners. Regularly airing out your home can help too — just open up your windows.

You can DIY your way to a fresh smelling apartment by sprinkling baking soda on your carpets a few hours before taking a vacuum to them. Baking soda absorbs any trapped odors in the carpeting. 

Preventing Barking Dogs

As a renter it is important to be mindful of the fact that you are sharing your apartment community with your neighbors. And while you may not be able to hear your dog bark while you’re out at work, school or running errands, you neighbors probably can. There are a number of reasons why dogs bark.

Dogs bark when they hear other dogs barking and sometimes they bark due to anxiety. If your dog has an incessant barking problem, you may want to consider visiting your veterinarian. However, there is a simple approach that is not only effective, but a safe way to stop the barking.

Studies have shown that barking dogs respond best to citronella collars. Citronella collars emit a natural citronella scent via spray when your dog begins to vocalize. Dogs find the scent bothersome and quickly learn that the barking leads to an unpleasant smell.

Scheduling Potty Breaks

Frequent potty breaks are essential. You might even consider creating a daily potty break routine for your dog. You should be taking your pet out during the day and night, multiple times each day. This way you can avoid surprises and unpleasant messes, which means your home will be left smelling fresh and odor-free.

Additionally, as a dog owner it’s convenient to live in a  first floor apartment. The first floor location means less hassle of taking your dog up and down the stairs when they need to do their business. Accidents are inevitable. Especially when you’re living with pets. Choose an eco-friendly cleaning agent, and store it in a safe place, out of your pet’s access, for when you need to clean up accidents.

Dealing With Pet Hair

Sure, you can scour your apartment armed with a lint roller each day, but the lint roller can only do so much. Instead, play groomer and grab your pet’s brush. Pet experts say that regular brushings can help pet owners cut down on the amount of pet hair in the living space.

Giving your dog or cat a good brushing twice per week should do the trick. But if that’s not enough, a vacuum designed just for sucking up pet hair may come in handy.

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