Keeping your house clean when your dog lives inside can be a constant battle. Especially if your dog is a year-round shedder, like my hairy Labrador.

House-cleaning tips include:

  • Brush your dogs coat daily
  • Wash them at least monthly
  • Have a washable basket
  • Use washable bedding
  • Avoid harsh cleaners
  • Remove hair from vacuum cleaner attachments
  • Stain-resistant and easily cleaned lounge fabrics, such as leather, or Macro-Suede

Never allow dog urine, vomit or poo to dry on your fabric or carpet. Quickly remove as much as you can by blotting with paper towels. Then clean the area affected, according to carpet type. Bicarbonate soda and soda water are famous carpet cleaning ingredients. Ensure all traces of the mess are removed before steam cleaning carpets to avoid the odour spreading to the carpet underlay. See www.urine-off.com for more information.

If you are considering wooden floors, try a harder wood, to avoid deep scratches. For timber laminate or floating floors, check to see which grades are most scratch-resistant.