The Latest Guide to Spring Cleaning for Pet Parents

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The daffodils are blooming, the birds are chirping and the sun is shining (or would it be if it weren’t for all those April showers)! All these signs suggest one thing: It’s spring cleaning season!

Spring cleaning for pet parents requires a special thoroughness that people without pets probably cannot even imagine.

But first: what is the difference between spring cleaning and regular cleaning?

For me, spring cleaning requires a little more momentum. It requires regular cleaning and goes several steps further. This is an opportunity to do a more thorough cleaning that will extend the life of your home, your belongings and your household appliances. Pet parents have their daily routines – sweeping the fur, picking up the litter box, washing the water bowls – but there’s a lot more to pet parent spring cleaning.

Stay tuned for some super fun (imo anyway) ideas to get your house ready for the new Season!

CLEAN AND ORGANIZE

Less stuff = less to clean. When it comes to pet things, I work in sections:

Medicines: everything that has expired is put away in my bag for the semi-annual distribution of medicines in our city
Toys: Check toys for holes, cracks and broken pieces of plastic (by the way, if you turn toys, this is a great opportunity to put them away)
Leashes, harnesses, collars: I can’t be the only one secretly hoarding a treasure trove of these supplies… is that true? I unravel them all from the laundry bin and sort out what is still in good condition from what is wrong, then I pull the good ones that we don’t need for my shelter donation run.
Beds and blankets: This can be difficult because many of us like to offer our pets many places to snuggle, but these also take up a lot of space when not in use. I recently threw the cat bed in my office because since I bought it, I realized that the cats had not slept in it once!
Extras: Does your pet have a scarf for every season? Do you have any season-specific equipment such as snowshoes or life jackets? Or maybe a Halloween trash can full of costumes and a wardrobe of treat bags (guilty of this one)? Every person, pet and lifestyle is unique, so find your pet’s “Extras” and clean it up!

Anything that is torn, torn, stained or otherwise peril should be discarded. Leftovers can be sorted into piles: donate to the shelter or make a list on your local Buy Nothing or Freecycle group.

CLEANING UP YOUR PET’S BELONGINGS

While I rinse, all the plastic toys that we store are placed on the top rack of my dishwasher. Each tissue holder goes directly into the washing machine.

Specialized items such as walkers, work vests, wheelchairs or other accessories, etc. must be maintained. Grease the wheels, tighten the screws, sew up the patches, everything that needs to happen to put these items in perfect condition.

All the bedding is vacuumed with the brush and thrown into the washing machine. The same goes for the blankets on my bed or in the living room, because my dog and my cats come on the furniture.

The food and water bowls and their water fountains (we have them at the top and bottom), go into the lower rack of the dishwasher. At the same time, I check them for broken or cracked parts and order spare parts if necessary. By the way, this is not in place of regular daily cleaning after each meal. Your bowls are cleaned every day. Instead, I take all the bowls out of the closet, wash everything and decide what to keep, give, throw away or repair.

Leashes, collars and harnesses are also thrown into the washing machine.

Usually a full load of the dishwasher is required to receive toys and bowls, and usually two loads in the washing machine to receive sheets, toys and laundry.

While this is running in the background, dig into your deep cleaning!

CLEAN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

Here’s the problem with pet hair: it sticks to everything.

I have already mentioned that one of the main differences between regular cleaning and spring cleaning for pet parents is the fulfillment of additional tasks. Well, one of these additional tasks is to remove the fur and animal fat from your walls! What do I mean by that? Do you know those places that your cat rubs every time he goes down the hall? Or the corner behind your dog’s bed where he sleeps every afternoon? These spots are collecting greasy, scaly and hairy grease, and now it’s time to clean them up!

Start at the top of your room and work your way down. Use a mild soap and a cloth to wash the walls and baseboards.

As part of my spring cleaning, I also wash the windows and carpets. For our carpeted rooms and for larger carpets, we use our large Bissel carpet cleaner (we needed it!). I vacuum the small carpets once, then put them on our fence to air them outside. Before putting them back in place, I suck them again.

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