How often do you guys sweep and mop your houses? I cleaned the whole house yesterday, took me 7 hours. This morning i woke up and the little darlings paw prints were already on the floor and so was hair. I even brushed them yesterday hoping to cut back on the shedding.I'm going to start brushing them everyday, i got kind of lazy with that latly.
I was wondering, those of you with multiple dogs, do they stay inside mostly or outside? How do you keep your house looking a smelling clean, without having to clean every second. I feel like I clean one area and then another gets dirty. My boyfriend likes dogs but the hair makes him itch, so I try to keep the house with as little hair as possible. Anyone know of some products or something that would make it easier to clean? Thanks
Wet Swifters are great for getting up paw prints in a jiffy. Also my Oreck vacuum is my best friend. I have two dogs that live inside. One is a shedder, the other is not. No matter how much or often I clean, either the dogs, my son or my husband messes up right after. I give up on it looking spotless. I have alot of those plug in air fresheners to keep it smelling good. They work great.
Yes, I recall all that debate about anti-freeze or some such nonsense was in the wet swifter. I believe it was proven false and just a stupid rumor but if you are concerned just try a damp mop. I use the swifter and my dogs don't have any problems. Of course I don't let them lick it and try to keep them off of it while it dries.
***Edited By: wendy3249 on 1/20/2005 4:33:10 PM*** Reason: typo
i have two black, constantly shedding dogs that are inside most of the time. which means we live, breathe and yes, sometimes eat their hair. =( i have to vacuum every single day, and mop as well, to keep it under control. the wet swiffer mop is awesome as it is quick, easy, and smells fantastic, IMO. i also use the glade plug-ins(although i did just get a warning email on the night lights, as supposedly they are a fire hazard), as well as the candles, which are subtle yet long lasting, and everyone comments on their fragrance. basically it is a never-ending battle. and did i just repeat everything wendy3249 wrote, sorry? but it all works!
wendy3249, this is part of the email i received. my night-lite was doing the same thing. my bf looked at it and he said the wiring was really shoddy, so he just took the light out. so in the effort of keeping us and our pets safe(that's me trying to be sneaky)...
Then, my sister-in-law remembered she had a Glade Plug-in in the bathroom. The investigator had one of those "Aha" moments. He said that was the cause of the fire. He said he has seen more home fires started with the plug in type room fresheners than anything else. He said the plastic they are made from is a THIN plastic. He said in every case there was nothing left to prove that it even existed. When the investigator looked in the wall plug, the two prongs left from the plug-in were still in there. My sister-in-law had one of the plug-ins that had a small night light built in it. She said that she had noticed that the light would dim...and then finally go out. She would walk in a few hours later, and the light would be back on again. The investigator said that the unit was getting too hot, and would dim and go out rather than just blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down, it would come back on. That is a warning sign. The investigator said he personally wouldn't have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen too many burned-down homes.
***Edited By: bessieloubop on 1/20/2005 11:58:40 AM*** Reason: 1
They have those battery operated ones now with the fan. They work ok, not as good as the plug ins, but to be safe I use those. Also, I use a cleaner that I get from Sams CLub called ODO BAN. It smells like eucalyptus and pretty much gets rid of the doggie smells.
Man, and just when I found something that worked so good. I guess I will try to find something else. I know they have those battery operated things that puff out fragarence every so often. I think you stick them on the wall or something. I will check those out.
i have an arsenal of cleaning things. i got one of those green rubbery things at petsmart that you run over the floor and the doghair clings to it. works great. i have the swiffer thing and really like that, too. and it's not harmful for your pets. then my vacuum. then a mop thing that is flat with cloth covers you can take on and off. i gave up on keeping all dog hair from being visible. i have dogs, they have hair, dog hair is visible. i don't use any good-smelly things because i don't like them. just vacuuming and swiffing and all the rest, plus regularly vacuuming their beds, does the trick. on a warm day i open the windows to air the place out in winter.
i have a dyson that i run daily, because eskies shed like banshees and i brush them both daily. i love the dyson. the kitchen i clean once a week with clorox clean up, and i crate the dogs till its dry. when they go out back, i gate the kitchen and bring them in that way and clean them before they get to run free, or we take them directly to the tub to hose off feet (our backyard is all mud b/c we had work done and the grass didnt grow back before winter). when they go out front to potty, i leave them on the tie in the house, they can only go about 2 feet inside and i usually have a towel or blanket down for them to step on to dry/clean off if its raining. and the great thing about eskies, is there is no doggie smell, ever!!! so i dont have to worry about candle, air fresheners, etc. they never smell, even when soaking wet. adn the hardwood stays pretty clean because of all this, so i murphy's oil it once a month or so. not too much shows under the area rugs we have. i bathe the dogs once a month, at the most.
Besides banning the dogs from certain rooms if they shed you will deal with hair all the time. I have a bullmastiff, boxer and poodle all under my roof. I understand the frustration of keeping the house clean and smelling nice. I use the swiffer and flat mops as well. I have all hardwood no carpet so it is easier to keep it clean. I also have one of those new febreeze machines for pleasant smells. I love it. I have also found that if I hide those little tree airfresheners for cars around the house they are the cheapest and smell good longer. Don't get me wrong I dont hang them in sight but behind furniture and over heat registers works great. Cheap too. O yeah I do vaccum my shedding dogs weekly and that helps with the hair. I guess not all dogs would appreciate it but my boys lay down and enjoy it. They think they are getting a doggy massage I guess. I must say that they are easier to clean up after then some of my teens.
I don't have a dog living in the house yet but I DO have two cats, two sons and one husband and would like to make a comment about the wet swiffer.
I like it a lot BUT was starting to not like the replacement price for the pads. I then bought a large pack of bar cloths at Walmart for around 5 dollars. I dunk them in a solution of hot water and vinegar (very very little white vinegar otherwise you'll strip the finish off your floor) The bar clothes fit perfectly onto the swiffer and they are easy to clean and you can bleach them when they are stained.
I also use the glade heated scented oil plug in's and they work great...I have one in each bathroom, two in the living room and one in the laundry room. It even helps cover the odor of the litter box after one stinky kitty! I too use Febreeze and love it.
Basically it takes daily cleaning to keep up with pets OR children and of course our significant others.
just my opinion mind you : )
***Edited By: Kushi on 1/20/2005 3:19:46 PM*** Reason: Because I had more to say : )
I can completey understand what you are saying. I have 2 pitbulls; one of which is just a puppy.Plus, a white jack russel. They shed like crazy, I seem to be vaccumming every few hours I can't stand dog hair. I use candles and I mop everyday as well as run my little Hoover all over the floor. I usually give my dogs baths aleast 1 a week, which uliminates alot of their odor and when they come in from outside I have those bath wipes that I wipe them off with...that seems to be working very well. I also use the glade plug in's as well as carpet fresh
I have 4 collies a springer spaniel and a white schnauzer. They all shed like crazy and all live in the house. I just do a lot of vaccuming and I bought a Eureka steamer for the floors. I love it. It takes a minute to get a huge floor done and because of the steam it kills the germs and the dirt disappears. I hate the smell of the Swiffer and one of my dogs gags when he smells it..By the way I live in Mississippi where all we have is red clay and mud so I really do have a mess to clean up
I guess I am very lucky to have poodles and a maltese. The hardly shed any hair. Can someone tell me what cleaning solutions are pet safe? I usually stick to simple green and bleach to clean the house but my daughter does not like the smell of either.
I heard lysol and pinesol are not good for pets is that true?
I have 2 indoor dogs that shed once a year..but it is year round! Ever since I've owned them..I've never known them not to shed. Next time I buy a dog...this is something I will seriously look into! I don't love my girls any less...but boy, it would be so nice to sit on my floor or even put my feet on my bed without having to brush them off. IMO....unless you have a dog that doesn't shed that much, you have no choice but to clean every day. I vacuum twice a day and brush them once a day for about 20 minutes each. It stops some of the looser hair, but anytime someone comes over..I always tell them "no, pet them over there" I have a white dog and a black dog...the black hair shows up EVERYWHERE except on my black suede couch..but leave it to ChiChi to shed her white hair there. They are not allowed up on the couch, but are allowed on the bed...DH is allergic to them, but he puts up with it for my sake (and he loves the dogs too)
I also found that masking tape is a great way to get up hair. I take an excess amount..wrap it around my feet (sticky side out) and walk all over my oriental rug..it works great :o)
Oh dear, DoGoneIt, you are cracking me up. I think you are on to something with the masking tape on the feet idea...you could seriously market that! You could teach ballroom dancing or something in your living room, but everyone has to wear tape on their shoes. It's the new energy efficient vacuum!