How to Clean Up After Pets Properly

Pets are a huge responsibility. And like all living creatures, they like to make a mess when they prance and walk around. It can be the muddy paws or even some shed fur in the upholstered furniture at your home. All in all, our furry little pets need some cleaning after.

To keep your household free of any unwanted odor or animal hair, here are some tips that can help you clean after these furry friends:

Never Underestimate the Power of Cleanliness

If your pets are not bathed or scrubbed clean, then naturally your house will be playing host to all the dirt that they bring with them. That means double the effort, double the time and double the frustration of keeping your home sparklingly clean. It’s a good idea to give your pets a good bath and brush. Doing so ensures that the pet hair they shed is far less. Doing so means that you wont have to worry about a pungent body odor around thehouse. In fact, a good bath ensures that loose body hair can be easily cleaned up with the the help of a damp sponge or a lint brush. Soft hair means no more frustration in picking up these loose strands.

Removal of Pet Hair

Animals shed hair. That’s a fact. You also own carpets at home. That’s a fact too.When you combine the two, your carpet can become home to a lot of animal hair. Removing them with a vacuum is a good idea. With a good brush roll too. If its upholstery, then velour brushes are the right idea. Tape rollers also work. If you don’t have access to either, then try the rubber bottom sole of a clean tennis shoe. They can attract and remove fur with the help of light strokes.

Taking Care of Stains

A damp cloth mixed with water and one teaspoon of white vinegar can dilute stain spots left by animals. You should also consider cleaning solutions from the local pet store since they can eliminate odor as well as the stain. When using these products, its important to follow the directions. Sometimes your pets might have stomach problems. When that happens, the quicker you clean up their residue the better it is. The stains are acidic and can potentially damage your carpet. Taking care of them with a professional carpet detergent and hot water is important.

These tips can help you clean up after

your pets efficiently and properly.

Get Clean and Clear Floors – The Proper and Old-Fashioned Way


Cleaning floors is one of the most thankless jobs in the world. The sight of stains that refuse to go away, the sight of garbage that just needs a push to oblivion and the dust that just loves to hug the floors; all of them take a lot of effort to be rid of. So many of those TV commercials with ‘new and improved cleaning formulas’ are just marketing gimmicks since I can tell you those stains are not going away any time soon or with any less difficulty. Those commercials lie. Not even those ‘wonder mops’ seem to hack all of the dirt away.

The only thing that works, and has worked since time immemorial is a good old-fashioned scrub that involves a person with their hands and knees on their floor.The problem with today is that nobody has the time for that. We can’t do it as often as we should and that just makes the problem more complicated. Even when we do get to it, the problem just refuses to go away. Endless sweeping and scrubbing is the only way to get rid of the dirt and stains. Whether it is finding all those finicky hard to reach spots or keeping the kitchen floor as pearl-y white as possible, the only way we can get the results that we want is to do it all by hand.

There is something satisfying about cleaning the floors on our hands and knees. This way we know for sure that every nook and cranny has been accounted for and wiped clean. This way there are no lingering thoughts at the back of our mind that any area has been neglected. Because if they were neglected, the dust can multiply and render all the efforts meaningless if they blow to the wiped areas.

We always vacuumed every single space on the floor. After the vacuuming is done, we proceed with mopping and wiping. This way any leftover dust doesn’t interfere when its moping time, saving a lot of back and forth time in the process.

If the floors needed to look whiter than white, a scrub brush can help in this eventuality. So unless people can afford a maid to clean their room, they are better off not wasting money on wonder cleaning formulas or brushes but can instead, do it all by themselves with some good old fashioned scrubbing.

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Cleaning Dust Mites

It’s common knowledge that a lot of allergies are caused by environmental factors such as pollution, dust mites, germs, insects and pests. However, what most people don’t know is that these factors are present right in their homes instead of the outside environment. Infact, homes that have dust mites are often the cause behind family members getting skin allergies or at worse developing asthma. For years now, GSR’s cleaning team has been actively carrying out cleaning activities with homes infested by dust mites.  With our experience and knowledge, we aim to help our customers by educating them of basic cleaning activities that can greatly reduce dust mites at home and prevent allergies.
Dust Mites

Change bed sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week.

Dust mites cannot be seen by the naked eye, hence, you cannot really identify their location and clean up. The only way to avoid dust mites is to carry out weekly cleaning activities. The bed is a potential host area not just for dust mites but also for bed bugs and termites and so extra precaution has to be taken when it comes to cleaning your bed sheets and bedding. To kill dust mites, you have to wash bedding in a washing machine at a temperature of at least 130 F. If you don’t have a washing machine or find it difficult to manage, then simply washing the bed sheet with hot water and detergent is also a good way to ensure cleanliness.

Protect your mattress, box springs and pillows with allergy-proof covers.

This keeps dust mites away from the flakes of dead human skin cells which are a primary food source for them. Keep stuffed toys away from your bed as dust mites usually cling on to them. To prevent stuffed toys from being a dust mite colony, keep them in the sun twice a week. If you’re extra active, wash them in hot water too. Just make sure, they don’t get ruined!

Reduce humidity.

It helps if you can lower the relative humidity in your house, normally lower than 50% is sufficent. When dust mites can’t absorb moisture from the air they will shrink and die. You can use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to achieve this benefit. If you live in a sunny area, keep the curtains open for sunshine to pour through.

Use stone, hardwood or laminate flooring instead of carpet if possible

This eliminates an ideal dust mite territory. If you cannot choose your flooring, make sure that you use asteam cleaner on your carpets at least once a year. Dust and vacuum your home at least once a week.

You need to clean your house regularly.

Find a cleaner if you cannot afford the time. Regular dusting and vacuuming will help to control dust and therefore dust mites in your house. Use a damp mop or damp cloths on hard floors and furnishings as dry cloths stir up dust mite remains. Vacuum carpets, sofas, curtains and window blinds regularly with a powerful vacuum cleaner, preferably with a special filter.

Keep away furry and feathered animals from your bedroom.

Your pets’ dead skin cells are another food source for dust mites. So it’s best to have your pets sleep as far away from your bedroom as possible. You can treat your pets’ sleeping areas the same as yours, i.e. regular cleaning and use allergy-proof covers.