There is no doubt about it, we love our pets. Not only are they a joy to have around they also provide many health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and getting us into a habit of exercising more. The one thing that we don’t love however is the hair and grime that can come with owning a pet. Sometimes pets and domestic homes really don’t mix, but here are a few simple steps that will help you to tackle the hard part of pet ownership. - Start with the right surfaces. If you can afford to have a revamp then put surfaces in your home that don’t attract hair. Wood floors, leather sofas and polished wood, mean hair will all fall off and be ready to Hoover up later. You can now get a lot of furniture that comes with removable easy to wash covers and there is a lot more choice out there than there used to be. Using removable covers, area rugs or throws can also help take out the hard work of upholstery cleaning and sofa cleaning which can sometimes be a big task. - Use a broom on carpets first. If you find hair is getting deep into your carpet fibers then get a stiff broom and brush the carpet down. This will lift and loosen all the hairs so you can suck more up. When it comes to carpet cleaning use a mixture of Borax and baking soda and sprinkle it over the carpet, leave for half an hour before hovering. Borax kills flea eggs so is ideal to keep your pet protected and is a more natural way to get things clean so that you can relax when letting you dog or cat back into the room. - For grime on walls and accidents in the house. Use vinegar mixed with lemon juice. This mixture breaks down the grime and also breaks down enzymes in urine so it completely removes the smell. You dog or cat will then be less likely to have another accident in the same place. - Get grooming. Brushing the hair off your pet outside means less will fall off inside. Regular grooming can help keep your pets coat healthy and your carpets and clothes hair free making domestic cleaning that little bit easier. - Go old fashioned. Lint rollers still work well and can be purchased fairly cheaply. Great for going over your sofa quickly to remove even the most stubborn of pet hair. If you don’t have a lint roller, just use some rolled up tape and that will work just as well. You may want to invest in a mini vacuum for in-between jobs. There are fairly cheap ones available. - Office cleaning. There have been a lot of studies into the benefits of staff bringing their dogs to work. It’s something that many companies have now adopted and is a growing trend. With such a big space its best to get in touch with cleaning agencies to get a quote, a professional clean or regular cleaner would be your best option here. Maybe all the staff who want to bring a dog along wouldn’t mind putting in some money for the end of day clean. The hassle of cleaning up after a pet, certainly does not outweigh the joys of having one, if you are really struggling then have your dog or cat sleep in its own bed, it’s best to encourage this from the start so as not to confuse them. If you are thinking about getting a pet but worried about the mess, then look into hypoallergenic breeds.