Pet-friendly products for a purr-fectly clean home

(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn the ruff-est mess into a simple task.

Stop dirt at the door

The weather can’t be controlled, but it is possible to keep dirt and debris outside. Keep pet wipes at the door to clean paws and stop mud in its tracks. Look for an all-natural product that will not only capture dirt, but moisturize paw pads and fur at the same time. Thinking ahead and stopping pets from bringing in dirt creates fewer cleanups for homeowners.

Capture fur from furniture

Pets love sitting on the sofa — and leaving hair behind. To keep furniture fur-free, use the Electrolux Ergorapido PetCare cordless 2-in-1 stick and handheld vacuum. This new tool has an innovative powered PetCare upholstery nozzle, making it easy to keep furniture looking fashionable, not furry.

Fight odors easily

Beyond the furniture, fur finds its way to floors and every other surface of the home. Every pet owner knows that frequent vacuuming is a must. To optimize vacuum performance, vacuum bags should be replaced every one to two months, and filters should be replaced every three to six months. The Arm & Hammer line of Pet Fresh bags and filters is designed to help capture pet dander and allergens, while safely and naturally neutralizing offensive smells through the natural odor-fighting power of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda plus the power of Fresh-ins.

Keep clothes clean

Clearing furniture and floors of pet hair is a start, but clothes also attract fur that can stick with pet owners long after leaving the house. Homeowners should keep lint rollers by the door to quickly remove pet fur from clothing on their way out the door. Guests also will appreciate the opportunity to remove pet fur that may have accumulated during their visit.

Save woodwork

Protect valuable home items and woodwork from tooth and claw marks by taking preventative measures to deter animals. Furniture-safe products like bitter-tasting sprays and other animal deterrents will not only stop pets in the act, but keep them away from areas where they aren’t allowed. If pets do leave marks on woodwork, look for nontoxic wood fillers to mend scratches and gashes.

Stop stains

Say goodbye to unsightly carpet stains and lingering odors by opting for strong, pet-friendly products that will leave homes looking like new. Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Dry Carpet Cleaner neutralizes pet odors and breaks down stains. Or try Arm & Hammer Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner, which is formulated with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda plus the power of OxiClean stain fighters and is safe for use in all deep-cleaning machines.

By taking preventative measures and using pet-safe products, humans and their four-legged companions can be perfect cohabitants. There is a range of Arm & Hammer bag and filter styles made to fit nearly all brands and models of vacuum cleaners, available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

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