The Dog Person's Guide to a Guest-Ready Home

The Dog Person's Guide to a Guest-Ready Home

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Shifrah Combiths
Dec 19, 2017
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We're so used to our own home's impressions that only a deliberate look can show us what guests might notice. Walk into your house and try looking at it and smelling it with objective senses. If you're a dog house, you may become aware of several issues that need to be addressed to make your home ready for the not-as-dog-appreciating guests you're getting ready to host.

How to Handle the Fur

Your eyes may not even see much of the fur that's become part of your living space. To really clean it, start at the "top" and work your way down, as always. For me, this means starting at the light pendants. You wouldn't believe how much ambient fur makes it up there. Pay special attention to light fixtures over your dining table; you don't want fur floating down onto guests' meal.

Next, tackle the lamp shades. A regular duster doesn't do a good job of removing dust or fur here. Instead, I like using one of these fur-removing sponges. A lint roller also works well.

Dust surfaces next, like bookshelves and side tables, etc. Then, address your furniture. You don't want your guests making themselves comfortable only to get their clothes covered in fur because they sat in Mattie's favorite spot. Vacuum upholstery with a brush attachment.

Baseboards are next, if you're being thorough. Pet fur loves to rest on those tiny ledges. I prefer using a slightly damp rag over a dust cloth for baseboards because it really lifts dirt and fur from tiny crevices and curves. Pay special attention to corners near the floor. Dust bunnies made of fur love to collect there.

Finally vacuum as you usually do.

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How to Eliminate Odors

The first step in eliminating odors is replacing or cleaning items that are imbued with dog smell. Check to see whether it's time for a new bed or wash it if you can. And take your dogs to the groomer for a bath or bathe them yourself.

Keep an enzymatic cleaner handy for any accidents so you can clean them up right away and smells don't linger. I swear by Folex. Next, place odor-absorbers in strategic locations, like by the pet beds. I've had success with these and these.

Finally, consider adding a pleasant scent to your home's atmosphere. Nothing too strong, cloying, artificial, or otherwise overwhelming. A seasonal candle or two or diffused essential oils are tasteful options.

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