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Giving Kids Rooms A Deep Clean With Pets Around

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Giving Kids Rooms A Deep Clean With Pets Around

Introduction

As a parent, maintaining a clean and healthy environment for your children is a top priority. However, when pets are part of the family, the task of keeping kids’ rooms spotless can become a significant challenge. Pet hair, dander, and accidents can quickly accumulate, creating an unhygienic living space. In this comprehensive guide, I will share my tried-and-true techniques for giving kids’ rooms a thorough deep clean while accommodating the presence of furry friends.

Preparing for the Deep Clean

Gathering the Necessary Supplies

To tackle the deep cleaning process effectively, I ensure I have the right tools and supplies at hand. This includes:

  • A high-quality vacuum cleaner with attachments for hard-to-reach areas
  • Microfiber cloths for dusting and cleaning surfaces
  • A steam cleaner or carpet cleaner for thorough carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Pet-safe cleaning products and disinfectants
  • Rubber gloves and protective face masks

Having these supplies readily available streamlines the cleaning process and ensures I can tackle every nook and cranny without compromising my family’s safety.

Removing Clutter and Preparing the Room

Before diving into the deep cleaning, I take the time to declutter the kids’ room. This involves:

  • Removing toys, books, and other items from the floor and surfaces
  • Sorting through belongings and discarding or donating any items that are no longer needed
  • Organizing remaining items for easy access during the cleaning process

By eliminating clutter, I create a more open and accessible space, allowing me to clean more efficiently and effectively.

Step-by-Step Deep Cleaning Process

Tackling Pet Hair and Dander

Pet hair and dander can quickly accumulate in kids’ rooms, especially on carpets, upholstered furniture, and soft surfaces. To address this issue, I follow these steps:

  1. Vacuuming: I start by thoroughly vacuuming the entire room, paying special attention to corners, baseboards, and hard-to-reach areas where pet hair tends to accumulate.

  2. Furniture and Upholstery Cleaning: Using the attachments of my vacuum cleaner, I carefully clean all upholstered furniture, including beds, chairs, and stuffed toys. I also use a lint roller or pet hair remover to capture any remaining hair.

  3. Steam Cleaning or Carpet Cleaning: For a deeper clean, I use a steam cleaner or carpet cleaner to thoroughly clean the carpets and remove embedded pet hair, dander, and any potential stains or odors.

Disinfecting Surfaces and Toys

Pets can introduce various germs and bacteria into the living environment. To ensure a safe and hygienic space for my children, I prioritize disinfecting surfaces and toys:

  1. Surface Cleaning: Using a microfiber cloth and pet-safe disinfectant, I wipe down all hard surfaces, including desks, shelves, windowsills, and walls. I pay special attention to areas where pets may have come into contact, such as windowsills or low-lying surfaces.

  2. Toy Cleaning: I carefully clean and disinfect all toys, especially those made of hard plastic or other non-porous materials. For plush toys, I follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or consider replacing them if they appear excessively soiled or damaged.

Addressing Pet Odors

Even with regular cleaning, pet odors can linger in kids’ rooms. To combat unpleasant smells, I employ the following strategies:

  1. Air Purifiers: I use air purifiers with HEPA filters to help remove airborne pet dander, hair, and odors from the room.

  2. Baking Soda and Vinegar: I sprinkle baking soda on carpets and upholstered surfaces, allowing it to sit for several hours before vacuuming. This helps absorb and neutralize odors. I also use a vinegar solution to wipe down hard surfaces, as vinegar is a natural deodorizer.

  3. Essential Oils or Air Fresheners: After the deep cleaning process, I may use pet-safe essential oils or air fresheners to help freshen up the space and leave a pleasant, natural scent.

Maintaining a Clean and Healthy Environment

While deep cleaning is essential, maintaining a clean and healthy environment for my children and pets requires ongoing effort. I implement the following strategies:

  1. Regular Vacuuming and Dusting: I make it a habit to vacuum and dust the kids’ room at least once a week to prevent the buildup of pet hair and dander.

  2. Grooming Pets Regularly: Regular grooming and brushing of my pets help reduce the amount of loose hair and dander that can spread throughout the house.

  3. Establishing Pet-Free Zones: I designate certain areas of the house, such as the kids’ bedrooms, as pet-free zones to minimize the amount of pet hair and dander that accumulates in these spaces.

  4. Engaging Professional Cleaning Services: For a comprehensive deep clean or when dealing with stubborn stains or odors, I may consider hiring professional cleaning services specializing in pet-friendly cleaning methods.

Conclusion

Giving kids’ rooms a deep clean with pets around can be a daunting task, but by following these step-by-step techniques and maintaining a consistent cleaning routine, I can ensure a clean, healthy, and pet-friendly environment for my children. With the right approach, it is possible to enjoy the companionship of furry friends while maintaining a spotless living space for the entire family.

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