If you’re a cat owner, you already know that cats come with their own set of messes. Keeping your house clean with cats is not impossible–it just requires a few extra steps. Here are a few tips on keeping the mess under control.
Cat hair ends up everywhere. It settles in carpet, winds up all over the furniture and curtains, gets stuck to your clothes, and even creates tiny tumbleweeds on hardwoods. And while there are plenty of methods to clean up the cat hair from all of these places, the best way to keep it under control is to get ahead of it.
That means going straight to the source. Brushing your cat regularly equals less cat hair to clean up from the couch or the floor later. Plus, your cat will have fewer hairballs or other digestion problems caused by excess fur.
Vacuum your floors at least once a week to get rid of cat hair and dander that has settled into carpets, rugs, hardwoods or other surfaces. Keep in mind that once a week is the bare minimum. If you can, I’d recommend vacuuming a few times a week, or even every day, especially if you have multiple cats.
For extra efficiency, use a vacuum with HEPA filtration to trap all the dust and dander. Don’t forget to wipe down your baseboards, too, as hair and dander will accumulate there as well.
Everyone knows that cats don’t tend to follow the rules. So even if your cats aren’t allowed on countertops or tables, I can guarantee that your cat’s paws touch those surfaces when you’re not looking.
Those paws might be cute, but they’ve been scratching around in a litter box and have no place anywhere near surfaces where food is prepared or eaten! They could be spreading toxoplasmosis or other diseases.
Even if you’ve never caught your cat on these surfaces and you don’t see any evidence that they’ve been there, just assume that they have. Wipe down surfaces daily, particularly before preparing food.
You don’t need to get a plastic sofa cover like your great-grandma, but you should think about protecting your furniture with blankets, throws, or a removable fabric cover. It will provide a barrier between your pet and your furniture that can be washed frequently.
Covering your furniture also provides an easy way to clean up before company shows up. Just remove the cover and your friends won’t leave covered in cat hair after sitting on the couch.
Even with a daily or weekly cleaning schedule, a routine deep cleaning should still be done periodically to make sure your home stays clean. How often you deep clean is dependent on how many pets you have and how many people live in your household.
If it’s just you and an indoor-only cat, you can probably get away with deep cleaning every 12-18 months. If you have multiple indoor/outdoor pets, you might want to think about deep cleaning every 6-12 months. However, if you have a large family and multiple pets, you might need to deep clean as often as every 3 months.