Spring Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners: A Fresh Start for You and Your Furry Family

| Aimee Ellis

Spring is upon us, and there's no better time to crack the windows and do some cleaning. Here's everything pet owners need to get rid of stray fur and germs.


Warm weather is finally here, and with it comes the yearly tradition of spring cleaning. But if you're a pet owner, spring cleaning may require a bit more effort than you’re used to. Pets can create all types of messes—and leave behind a ton of FUR! So, to help you get your home in tip-top shape this spring, we've put together some tips for spring cleaning with pets in mind.

Start with a Deep Clean

The first step in any spring-cleaning routine is a deep clean. This means dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down all surfaces in your home. Move your furniture and make sure all those hidden spots get a good cleaning. Don’t forget the baseboards!

Be sure to pay extra attention to areas where your pets spend the most time. This includes your beds, litter areas (if you have cats), or wherever they hang out.

Declutter Your Pet's Belongings

Over time, your pet's belongings can start to pile up. Toys get torn up and worn out, beds become lumpy and filled with fur, and blankets get dirty and shredded. Take this opportunity to declutter your pet's belongings and get rid of anything that's past its prime.

Wash Your Pet's Bedding

Your pet's bedding can hide all sorts of bacteria, dust, and pet hair. To keep your pets healthy and your home smelling fresh, wash your pet's bedding on a regular basis. This includes their beds and blankets. Use a pet-friendly detergent and make sure to dry the bedding completely to prevent mold and mildew from forming.

If they love to nap on your couch, you can rent a portable pet-friendly cleaner to deep clean those cushions.

Groom Your Pets

Spring is the perfect time to give your pets a good grooming. Brush them regularly to remove loose fur and dander and give them a bath if they need it. Don’t forget to use a pet-friendly shampoo and get all of that fur dry to prevent them from catching a chill.

If your pet isn’t very cooperative with an at-home spa day, schedule an appointment with a professional groomer. Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the experts!

Check Your Home for Damage from Your Pets

We all like to think our pets are perfect angels, but they can cause damage to your home without you even realizing it. Check your furniture, carpets, and walls for any scratches, rips, stains, or other damage that your pets may have caused.

Sometimes, a little sanding and paint is all that’s needed, but for stains, you may have to go another route.

Deep Clean Your Carpets

Carpets are magnets for pet hair, dander, and even urine and feces. To get your carpets looking and smelling fresh again, deep clean them with a carpet cleaner or hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Make sure to use a pet-friendly carpet cleaner to avoid any harm to your pets.

Change Your Air Filters

Pets shed dander, hair, and skin cells, which can all get trapped in your home's air filters. Talk about allergies! Change those filters monthly to help improve indoor air quality. You can even buy air filters and purifiers that are just for pet owners. It’s worth the research and investment for clean air in your home.  

Organize your Pet's Toys and Accessories

Besides decluttering your pet's belongings, it's also important to organize them. Use baskets, shelves, or bins to keep your pet's toys and accessories neatly stored and easily accessible. This will make it easier for you (and them!) to find something to play with.

If you’re feeling especially crafty, customize your baskets or bins with your pet’s name on them.

Check Your Pet's Collar and Tags

As you’re going through your spring cleaning, don't forget to check your pet's collar and tags. Make sure the collar fits properly and isn't too tight or too loose. Also, make sure tags include all current contact info. This will help ensure that your pets are safe and can be easily identified if they get lost.

If your pets are microchipped, this is also a good time to sign in and make sure your contact information is all up to date.

Deep Clean Your Pet's Toys and Bowls.

Your pet's toys and bowls can collect dirt, bacteria, and germs over time. Clean them by soaking them in warm, soapy water or by running them through the dishwasher (if they're dishwasher-safe). Always rinse and dry toys thoroughly before letting pets play with them, since it can help stop the spread of germs.

Spring cleaning is an important task for all pet owners. Not only does it help keep your home looking and smelling fresh, but it also promotes a healthy and safe environment for your furry friends. By following these tips and adding your own unique touch, you can create a spring-cleaning routine that works for you and your pets. With a little effort, you'll be able to enjoy a clean and organized home all season long.

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Aimee Ellis

Aimee is a New Jersey native currently living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and crew of four cats. She has an English degree and when she isn't writing for AKC Pet Insurance, you can find her drinking seltzer, painting, watching reality TV shows, and trying to wrangle her cats into sweaters.