5 Top House Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Being a dog owner has many, many benefits but it always comes with one unavoidable nightmare – dog hairs, which can and do spread like wildfire and get almost everywhere! Having two large dogs paired with two long haired cats I know something about this nightmare. So today I want to share with you my main house cleaning tips which hopefully will help you minimise the hairy mess our pets can make.

Being a dog owner has many, many benefits but it always comes with one unavoidable nightmare – dog hairs, which can and do spread like wildfire and get almost everywhere! Having two large dogs paired with two long haired cats I know something about this nightmare. So today I want to share with you my main house cleaning tips which hopefully will help you minimise the hairy mess our pets can make.Generally to keep your house clean as a dog owner you have to remember that cleaning the house itself is only one part of the solution… keeping your dog in perfect health is another…

Good diet

Some of you might think at this point what the hell does their diet have to do with keeping a clean house… well, a proper diet for your dog will help you with unnecessary shedding. Healthy, well-fed dogs, which have a well-balanced diet will shed less, which as a result means less hair to clean up in general, which means less cleaning!

Daily grooming

No this isn’t a joke. A daily 5 minutes dog grooming session will go a long way. It will remove all the dead hairs from your pooch and significantly cut down on the amount of loose hair floating around the house. Grooming during their daily walk is the best way to go. We normally do it near the end of the walk when the dogs are tired and less distracted.

Buy a good vacuum

Invest in the best vacuum you can afford.  Read the recommendations and make your choice wisely as this will be your main cleaning tool. I personally use a Bosh Athlet ProAnimal for my mid-week daily cleaning and a Dyson Animal for a proper weekend cleaning session. And yes, you really need a vacuum designed for picking up dog hairs… it makes things so much easier!

Create a dirty dog zone

If possible, designate a dirty dog zone somewhere outside (or inside your house) where you can clean the pooch after muddy walks. In our last home we used the conservatory for this purpose, now we use a half enclosed porch. This space should be used for cleaning your dog before they are allowed into the rest of the house. If you can’t find the space for a doggy zone, you can simply lay a big dog towel (also known as that old towel you don’t want anymore) by the main door and train your dog to sit on it after entering the house. This will give you time to clean your dog’s paws before they get mud all over your floors.

Clean as dirt comes

I know we are all busy and a daily cleaning routine isn’t always on top of anyone’s fun list but if you clean every day the little mess your pooch left behind, you will greatly reduce the spread of the hair all over your house, you will get rid of pet odours and you will be able to enjoy fairly clean pet friendly home (I said fairly because as much as you might want and try you will never have The perfect home with pets around, but you know what… that’s ok… they are worth it).

Those are my basic cleaning tips for keeping our house in order whilst enjoying the company of some very hairy friends.

What would you add into my list?

Have you found some secret top tip for aiding us in keeping our houses clean?

Autumn Home Decorating Tips

As the autumn is in full swing and the winter months start to draw in, many people think about redesigning their homes to make them warmer and more cosy. The bright colours and pastels of spring and summer are no longer on trend, and warmer colours start to dominate more homes during the run up to Christmas. Along with that, now is the ideal time to start bringing in those warm and cosy accessories, a great excuse to go on a shopping spree for warm throws and plenty of soft cushions!

autumn-home-decorating-tipsRepainting

Although repainting and decorating is more of a summer job, there’s no reason why you can’t get it done on an autumnal weekend, either. If you don’t want to open the windows to air out the smell of paint whilst it’s cold, sticking to re-wallpapering feature walls to include more autumnal colours and patterns can be a great alternative idea to this. Whilst during the summer people tend to decorate in bright and breezy colours to open rooms up and make them look larger, the colder months are the perfect time to decorate using darker colours to create a warmer, cosier atmosphere inside away from the cold.

Cushions and Blankets

Now is the season where nights out become cosy nights in, and movie nights with friends and family become your favourite activity to do on a cold evening or weekend. Stocking up on cushions and blankets makes for a cosier and more comfortable atmosphere in your home, creating the perfect little warm and comfortable haven from the cold weather outside. Throws can be used over sofas to create more warmth and cosiness, or even used as a blanket to wrap up warm in.

Autumn Scents

The autumn and winter season is the perfect time to introduce warm and spicy scents into your home. The floral, light scents that were so popular during the summer can now be replaced by scents that not only make your home smell great, but also warm you up and relax you at the same time. Whether you enjoy candles, burning incense or essential oil diffusers, opt for spicier, warmer scents such as ginger or cinnamon.

Set the Scene

Getting the right lighting in your home is important, especially as the nights become longer and darker during the winter months. With the sun setting at an earlier time each day, homeowners have to make sure that they have the perfect lighting in their home along with keeping their energy usage as low as possible. Low lights and lamps can be an excellent alternative to a main bright light, with spotlights over areas which are going to need more focus, such as over the hob in the kitchen. Not only does low lighting often create a cosier atmosphere, it can help you to relax and wind down before bed.

How are you decorating your home to make it more warm and cosy this year?

* This is a collaborative post.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimal

For the last month I have been sharing with you my journey with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimal vacuum. Any pet owner knows that pet hairs are a nightmare but as it ended up there is a way to make life easier.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimalAthlet ProAnimal was designed especially with pet owners in mind. This light and powerful vacuum can really make a huge difference in everyday life. It’s perfect for anyone who isn’t crazy about household chores yet still wants to keep their house in picture perfect order; anyone who doesn’t have hours to spare for every day cleaning; anyone who simply needs just one tool to do it all!

So what were my highlights during this month with the Athlet?

Well, let’s see….

Performance must be on the top of my list. The Athlet works perfectly on any surface and it is extremely easy to interchange between upright and handheld machine.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimalWeight is also right up there at the top. I still can’t get over the fact that it is only 3kg. Have you ever attempted to vacuum stairs with an upright machine? If you did, you know that it is almost impossible and definitely super uncomfortable… well doing stairs with the Athlet in an upright position is not only possible but it is easy. The vacuum is so light that you have totally no problems to vacuum stairs with it… yet the job might be even easier if you swap it into a handheld mode, but you don’t have to, the choice is yours.

Storage also ended up being quite important. The Athlet is small and narrow, yet it has no problem with supporting its own weight and it will stand upright in any place you chose. The fact that it doesn’t require any specialist charging station makes life even easier, you can simply plug it to any electrical socket of your choosing.

The accessory kit that is provided with the animal version of the vacuum also proved to be a very valuable addition too. The choice of different brushes which came with the ProAnimal is spot on and they really allow you to clean even in the trickiest places. The pet hair brush works perfectly picking both pets and human hairs from all over the place.

SensorBagless technology proved to be a great feature too. There is no longer any need for remembering when your filter was last cleaned, the vacuum will remind you when it is time to take care of it.

Battery life is pretty impressive as well. When used on setting one, which one would normally use for daily vacuuming, there is no other cordless vacuum on the market which can beat 75 minutes of running time. That’s five 15 minutes sessions from one charge, handy isn’t it?

#EverydayWins with Bosch - My Month with the Bosch Athlet ProAnimalI really like my new vacuum. If I had to pick just one reason for someone to buy it, it would be portability. The Athlet can be used everywhere; any place you can think of you will be able to take it there. For me the moment of truth was cleaning the loft. We just had our house insulated and the loft was left in a mess. Can you imagine cleaning it with a standard upright? It wouldn’t be a lot of fun, would it? Well, the Athlet totally aced that challenge – swapped to handheld with no cord to suck up all the dust and so I was able to clean all the corners with ease. Bosch can really make your life easier, it is that simple!

#EverydayWins with Bosch – It’s all about convenience

Till date I have had quite a bit of time to fully test my Bosch Athlet ProAnimal and if I had to describe it in just one word it would be convenience. My Athlet has it all and it allows me to clean without any difficulties even in the most hidden and small spaces.

#EverydayWins with Bosch – It’s all about convenienceBosch Athlet ProAnimal in Tornado Red comes with an entire accessory pack, which contains all you need to be able to perform your vacuuming task with ease. It comes with all of the following:

  • Long handle#EverydayWins with Bosch It’s all about convenience
  • Short handle
  • Main floor brush
  • Carry Strap
  • Brush roll
  • Spare pet brush roll
  • Flexible long hose
  • Upholstery nozzle
  • Crevice nozzle
  • Upholstery crevice nozzle

So depending on what task you need to perform you can use it either as an upright vacuum or a handheld one… with one huge bonus, the shoulder strap, which means that you don’t have to actually keep it in your hand. At first I wasn’t sure about wearing the vacuum on my back but it actually works very well. It is leaving me with two hands to operate, one to vacuum and the other to move any obstructions I might meet on my vacuuming journey.  It does makes things super easy. One thing to remember Athlet is super light, at only 3kg it will not put any strain on your back or shoulders. Once you get used to it you will be reluctant to go back to the more traditional way of vacuuming.

#EverydayWins with Bosch - It’s all about convenience#EverydayWins with Bosch -- It’s all about convenienceBoth handles, a long one for upright operation and a short one for the handheld version, have 3 levels of cleaning power. I’ve noticed that I hardly ever use level three when the vacuum is in the upright mode as it is simply too powerful (it can lift up small carpets or even lino flooring, so yes, that powerful in case you were wondering) but I do use level 3 when in handheld mode.

#EverydayWins with Bosch - It’s all about convenienceI would like to focus for a moment on the main floor tool as it is quite an interesting one. The main tool has a space for a brush roll. The brush roll includes a lot of coarse fibres whose job is to capture all the hairs belonging to both pets and humans. So far so good but it doesn’t sound any different really to any other floor tool out there, does it? But there is a twist! The roll is removable! Simply unclip the lock button and it will slide out from the main tool ready to be cleaned. The roll has a small groove in the middle helping to you guide your scissors for ease of cleaning. It might not sound like much but trust me, it makes the world of difference when you try to clean it.

With all those accessories at your fingertips you are ready for any vacuuming job around the house, pet hairs, spider webs lurking in the far up corners of the room or small grains of sand stuck by the skirting boards… Athlet will take care of it all. There are no more safe places for the dirt to hide.

Which places cause you the most trouble whilst cleaning your house?

#EverydayWins with Bosch – Pet Hairs? What Hairs?

Shedding pets means hairs everywhere; those hairs are one of the biggest nightmares of any pet owner… but what if you could make your life easier? What about a vacuum cleaner which is always ready, small, light and super portable but at the same time offers great performance and actually “sucks” all those undesired hairs up? Would that make a difference?

Shedding pets means hairs everywhere; those hairs are one of the biggest nightmares of any pet owner… but what if you could make your life easier? What about a vacuum cleaner which is always ready, small, light and super portable but at the same time offers great performance and actually “sucks” all those undesired hairs up? Would that make a difference?Well, it can really make the difference, trust me.

Until my experience with the Bosch ProAnimal Athlet vacuuming was a big chore, one which required preparation, time and a lot of effort. Retrieve the vacuum (neatly hidden away), find the empty plug (this always is a problem in our house as it seems that we are using most of the plugs at all times), vacuum, change the plug, vacuum, change the plug, carry the monster upstairs and repeat the process. So many times I had the need for a vacuum but I simply couldn’t be bothered to get it out so instead I would resort to a pan and brush… silly I know, as it really doesn’t work very well with hairs.

Bosch Athlet is different.

It quietly stands in the corner of my pantry waiting to be summoned. The vacuum is fairly small and very light but despite this its freestanding performance is top notch. It doesn’t require leaning against anything and it can be stored almost everywhere. It’s light, at just 3kg it really isn’t a big deal to get it out, lift or carry around. There is no need to hunt for a free plug. Changing it over from floor standing to a handheld machine takes only a few seconds (once you get used to it, that is). I can be vacuuming what needs cleaning within seconds, no matter what or where I vacuum as the suction stays the same no matter the type of surface… no fuss, no hassle.

SensorBagless technology will notify me when there is something impacting the performance of the airflow of the vacuum cleaner or when the filter needs changing. Don’t worry there is no need to buy any spare filters as they are simply washable and when one is being washed you can still use the vacuum cleaner with the alternative filter provided. Easy!

Shedding pets means hairs everywhere; those hairs are one of the biggest nightmares of any pet owner… but what if you could make your life easier? What about a vacuum cleaner which is always ready, small, light and super portable but at the same time offers great performance and actually “sucks” all those undesired hairs up? Would that make a difference?Charge light will let me know when it is time to recharge the battery (which isn’t happening so often as the vacuum can run for up to 75min without recharge)… see… just like I said… no fuss whatsoever.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

And now for something special.

I am in the possession of one Bosch ProAnimal Athlet vacuum which is looking for a new owner. In a few weeks’ time one of you, my lovely readers, will be a proud owner of this outstanding vacuum. To be in with a chance of winning a Bosch ProAnimal Athlet please tell me:

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4. The winner will receive one Bosch 75min Athlet ProAnimal 25.2V vacuum in Tornado Red RRP £299.99. The prize will only be fulfilled by Bark Time.
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