Furniture Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

July 11th, 2019 Paul Dekker

Our pets are integral members of the family that bring joy, laughter, and love to our lives. Unfortunately, with that affection and happiness they also tend to bring a lot of mess. Anyone who has known the love of a pet knows the disarray they often cause is worth it—but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight back against the chaos!

Try out these hacks for keeping your furniture in great shape while still allowing your dog or cat free reign of the house, and then reward your hard work with a brand-new piece for your collection!

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Removing Pet Stains

There are a few different ways to best approach a pet stain on your carpet or upholstery, depending on how quickly you spot it.

Soak up a fresh stain with newspaper or paper towels to expel excess fluid. Once you’ve absorbed as much of the mess as possible, rinse it with cool water or an appropriate cleaning solution and blot it dry. Dust it over with baking soda to prevent any odor from setting in.

Dried stains present a little more of a challenge. For these you’ll want to use a carpet or upholstery cleaner—they do make ones specific for pet damage—and a pet odor neutralizer. If you can still see the stain once its dried after a thorough scrubbing, another round with a regular carpet stain remover should do the trick!

Eliminating Pet Odor

The nose of a pet owner usually grows immune to the aromas of their pet, so you may not notice them until they get worse or are pointed out to you. Your best option for tackling pet odor is prevention. Furnish your home with pet-friendly materials and use an air purifier. The purifier will strip the air of your dog or cat’s smell and prevent it from clinging to the furniture.

If the odor is particularly bad, you’ll want to either steam clean your furniture, or have it treated professionally. A quick DIY option you can try though is to remove all linens and cushion covers and wash them in a mixture of powerful detergent with a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar.

For furniture and upholstery, sprinkle baking soda on the surface, rub it in, let it set overnight, and then vacuum it up in the morning!

Getting Rid of Pet Hair

You may love your dog’s fur when he’s cuddled up against you at night, but you probably don’t love it when you lay down on the couch and inhale a mouthful of it! Most pet hair can be removed from furniture by some time spent with a lint roller, tape, or hair magnet.

If Fluffy’s coat has really piled up, dampen a washcloth or some rubber gloves and run them over the furniture. This will cause the hair to clump and make it easy to pick up by hand or with a vacuum.

At Conway Furniture, we offer a wide selection of quality pieces that are gorgeous, comfy, and compatible with pets. Browse our collections online or stop into the store and our experts will be happy to help you find the perfect furniture to fit the needs of both you and your four-legged friends!

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