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4 proactive holiday cleaning strategies for pet owners

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(BPT) - Keeping your house clean is a daunting task on the best of days, especially if you have pets. With the holidays approaching, you'll want your space to be tidy and inviting for guests. Instead of doing a deep clean of your house from top to bottom before guests arrive, pet owners can employ a few proactive strategies to reduce cleaning. Doing so will free up your time so you can add more decorations to the house, put the finishing touch on dessert or dress your furry family member in a festive collar or vest.

Groom regularly

Shedding can be challenging for pet owners to manage. Pet hair can end up on the floor, furniture and clothing, and cleaning it all is time-consuming. By brushing pets a couple of times a week, you can reduce the amount of hair your cat or dog sheds, which means less cleanup. As a bonus, it keeps your pet's coat shiny, soft and clean. Try grooming them out in the patio or backyard, so you don't have to sweep up later.

If you don't have the time to groom every day, regular trips to the groomers can also cut down on the fur and dirt your pets leave around the house.

Let robots do the work for you

It can seem overwhelming to clean the house after a long week of work, errands and extracurricular activities. Luckily, one home appliance can help you stay on top of cleaning and make it easier to get the house ready before a holiday get-together. A robot vacuum can clean the house on a schedule while you're at work, the kids are at school or you're all enjoying an afternoon at the dog park. Let a robot vacuum like the eufy RoboVac X8 do the last-minute cleaning so you'll have more time to focus on what's really important.

The eufy RoboVac X8 is a pet hair magnet that uses UltraPack dust compression and twin turbines to clean up to 57.6% more pet hair than single-turbine models. According to Rick Du, general manager of eufy's Appliances division, the Twin-Turbine technology "makes it almost impossible for dirt, debris or pet hair to be left behind." It also features iPath™ laser navigation AI. Map 2.0 technology to memorize your house's layout and create an efficient cleaning route.

Another helpful tool that complements your robot vacuum is a handheld model like the HomeVac H30. This easy-to-carry, all-in-one stick vacuum weighs less than 2 pounds and is strong enough to pick up dust, pet hair and particles. It also features a removable battery that provides more than 20 minutes of nonstop cleaning. Together with your robot vacuum, you’ll have the perfect cleaning pair to tackle last-minute spot cleaning in your living room and dining room.

For more information, visit us.eufylife.com.

Make a nap spot

Pet hair and odors quickly accumulate on sofas, chairs and other furniture. Why not make a specific nap spot for your furry friends to relax, and contain the mess to one place? For example, if your cat likes to nap on the back of an armchair, throw a blanket over the spot that you can easily wash and dry before company comes.

You can also buy dog or cat beds with removable, washable covers and place them on or near furniture. Make sure to leave their favorite toys or treats on the pet beds to build a positive association. By making them a nap spot, you'll make your pets feel special and lessen the amount of cleaning before a holiday dinner.

Choose pet-friendly fabrics

The fabrics you choose make a difference in keeping your furniture in good condition and your common areas clean.

According to Better Homes and Gardens, you should avoid loosely woven fabrics that tend to trap pet hair and dander. These fabrics are challenging to clean and your cat's claws or dog's nails can easily get snagged in them. Leather upholstery is durable and easy to wipe down with a damp microfiber cloth. Fabrics with a tight weave and low pile like velvet are less likely to hold on to odors and fur can be easily brushed off. Other easy-to-clean and pet-wear resistant fabrics include microfiber, canvas and outdoor upholstery.

Follow these tips to make it easier to keep up with household chores and take some of the stress out of getting holiday-ready. More importantly, less time cleaning means more time spent with family and friends, including your four-legged ones.