Pets bring joy, happiness, and companionship to our home, but they also sometimes bring unwanted materials into our beautiful homes. Every time our pet walks into our home, they are bringing a variety of dirt, germs and bacteria with them as well. Over time, these germs and bacteria can be very damaging to floors and carpets. However, it is not necessary to kick your dog out yet. We have some simple and effective solutions to prevent this problem and keep the germs and bacteria where they belong.
A recent study determined that homes with dogs have a lot more bacteria than homes without. Pets track in mud, germs, dirt, and other microbes on their paws every time they go outside. For the most part, humans can co-exist with certain types of bacteria in a healthy way, but we do not want to over expose ourselves and our families to more harmful bacteria. Because of this, it becomes imperative to your family’s safety to keep a clean home.
Fortunately there are many ways to protect our homes from the bacteria and germs that are often brought in by pets. One of the best ways to combat this is to keep a doormat on your front doorstep. A mat will help trap the majority of the dirt from your pet’s paws before they can enter the house.
Give your pet’s paws a quick swipe on the mat before entering the home to cut back on the amount of bacteria they tract inside. This is a great way to help eliminate some of the microbes that might otherwise be tracked into your home.
Bathing your pet regularly is another essential step to protect your home. Placing a mat at your door and wiping your pet’s feet can help prevent some germs from entering your house, but it is always a good idea to bath your pet regularly to remove bacteria from all parts of the animal.
Even by following these three guidelines meticulously, it is inevitable that your pet will track in some germs and bacteria into your home. For this reason it is essential to establish routine cleaning habits. For tiled and hardwood floors, it is important to mop the area on a regular basis, paying special attention to those areas right by the door. Pay special attention to high traffic areas, these spots will hold the most germs.
If you have carpeted floors, you should vacuum at least twice a week. This can eliminate many unwanted germs. Get your carpets professionally cleaned at least twice a year.
Be prepared to follow these steps to prevent large amounts of bacteria from entering your home. These steps are not only to keep your house clean, but also to keep you and your family healthy.