4 essential tips for cleaning up pet stains in your home

Pets can bring love and laughter into your home – but sometimes they can bring a load of muck too. Here’s how to tackle the messes they make…

Mop it!

When a four-legged friend becomes part of the family then mopping becomes an important part of the daily routine. To deal with daily floor dirt, the Flash Speedmop is ideal. With its slender profile, it’s excellent for dealing with those hard-to-reach places, like under the sofa and down the side of the washing machine, and it packs away quickly too.

Use with Flash Speedmop Wet Cloths, which are twice as thick and wet than Flash floor wipes, and are loaded with a lemon-scented cleaning solution that dissolves dirt, grease and grime. For those extra tough pet stains such as dog poop or cat urine on hardwood floors, twist the swivel head to use the green scrubby strip.

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Lift it!

Dogs and cats love curling up in the comfiest spots they can find – which more often than not is the couch, even if they’re not supposed to be on it. But the problem is that our four-legged friends often leave behind their fur on the furniture, and pretty soon there’s pet hair everywhere.

A quick way to clean pet hair from the couch is to don a pair of rubber gloves and dampen them slightly. Run your hands over the furry furniture, and errant hairs should stick to the gloves. For larger areas, a quick once-over with the vacuum will clean pet hair off furniture as well as floors.

Blot it!

Accidents happen. Whether your pet is poorly, or just left it a little late to make it to the litter box, cleaning up pee and poo is all part and parcel of pet ownership.

To clean pet urine from wood or laminate floors, first wipe it away with the Flash Speedmop, using the green scrubby strip to dissolve stubborn stains.

Then, to prevent further staining on wood or laminate floors, mix up some washing up liquid with water and blot any leftovers with a clean cloth. To clean pet urine from tile floors, make a paste of baking soda and a little water, and rub this on the stain.

Brush it!

What is it with the almost magnetic attraction many pets have to puddles? Whatever it is, the end result is usually a trail of muddy footprints all over your house. Yuk!

Tempting though it is, resist the urge to get scrubbing as soon as you spot them. If you let the mud dry, you’ll be able to brush it out of the carpet easily before vacuuming it up.

Do you have any great tips for cleaning up after your dog, cat or other pets? Comment below and let us know!