1. 5 Ways to Prep Your Home for a New Pet
  • 5 Ways to Prep Your Home for a New Pet

    August 01, 2017

    Welcome home, furry friend—and cleaner air!

    • So, you’ve decided to welcome a fluffy new family member to the household. Enjoy both fur-baby cuddle time and a fresh, clean home—the air included—with these strategies that target the dirt, dander and more that comes along with your new best friend.

    • Stock up on fur-care necessities.

      You’ll need them right away so you can start with regular weekly brushings outside, if possible. You’ll be getting rid of dirt, dander and loose hair and keeping your pet’s coat cleaner and healthier. Grab some shampoo, too, since weekly baths are also a good idea. Ask your vet for recommendations on both.

    • Install the right air filter.

      If you don’t already, now’s the time to go with a high-quality air filter that can capture the visible and invisible particles in your air. Consider the Filtrete™ Odor Reduction Air Filter if you’re hoping to keep pet smells at bay. Plan to change your filter at least every three months.

    • Get a washable pet bed.

      Look for one that’s cozy enough that your new pet will love it, but durable enough that it can withstand regular washer-dryer time. Even if it doesn’t look dirty, it’ll still be covered in dust and dander if your pet cozies up on it daily.

    • Invest in a HEPA-filter vacuum.

      It sucks up and locks down even ultra-fine particles, which you’ll have more of now. Be sure to get one that’s big enough to effectively tackle your entire home. Use it frequently, and start working regular carpet steam cleans into your routine, too.

    • Start a regular cleaning schedule.

      It’s not just vacuuming you’ll be doing more often. Now more than ever, your home and the air you breathe will benefit from frequent cleaning. A few things that may not be on your regular checklist but now should be: laundering rugs, pillow and couch covers, and washing or vacuuming the curtains. You’ll likely have a kennel, cage and/or litter box to stay on top of now, too.