The Older Pet Owner’s Guide to a Clean Home

Pets are an awesome addition to any home, but they can be a bit of a challenge when it comes time to clean!

So, here are a few cleaning hacks for the older pet owner, to keep your home looking and smelling great with minimal fuss.


Pets love to curl up on furniture—but this can lead to a build-up of hair, dirt, and unsavoury smells. To keep the mess at bay, try covering your furniture with a removable cover. So, when your pooch makes a mess, you can simply unzip or untuck the cover, throw it in the washing machine, and voila! A stain-free, hair-free couch! Plus, as an added bonus, you can use these covers to change the look of your couch at will. Feeling beige today? Slap on a cover. More keen on burnt orange to match your new table runner? You guessed it—pop on a cover! It’s a win-win.


A light coating of pet fur is commonplace in any pet owner’s home. But excessive hair build-up can be a nightmare for people with allergies, or people who love to wear dark colours! To combat pet hair, invest in a good-quality, lightweight vacuum cleaner with a pet hair attachment. These attachments are specifically designed to remove pet hair from carpets, furniture, and upholstery with ease. For best results, vacuum regularly before the pet hair really builds up.

For smaller pet hair messes, try a reusable lint remover. These handy gadgets are great for clothing, bedding, and furniture, and they’re great for people with lower mobility, too!

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Is your pup making your house smell a little musty? To eliminate pet odours, make sure to regularly wash your pet’s bedding and toys, as well as any blankets or cushions they tend to frequent. If the smell is still hanging around, a good sprinkle of baking soda on carpets, and plush furniture might just do the trick. Let the soda sit for a few hours, then give it a good vacuum. With any luck, it will have sucked the unsavoury smells right out of the fabric, leaving your home fresh as a daisy! Also, a good air freshener or scented candle never goes astray when it comes to offensive odours!

Could you use some help cleaning up after your precious pooch? Give us a call! Here at After-Care, we offer flexible cleaning services as part of our in home care. Click here to learn more and contact us today.