Look After Your Pet on Bonfire Night
On Guy Fawkes Night, it’s so important to keep our pets indoors as they can become spooked at the loud noises and run to try to escape, racing across roads and putting themselves in danger. Firework mishaps could also be potentially dangerous for cats and dogs, so once the sun starts to set in the early evening, it’s time to get your pet indoors for the night. Of course, if your cat or dog has been digging in the damp garden all day, this means you’ll have yet another set of muddy footprints (or pawprints in this case) to deal with.
You can clean muddy pawprints in much the same way as you do for your family’s footprints – by leaving the mud to dry and vacuuming it up, adding cleaning products if some discolouration remains. However, because animals tend to sweat through their paws, and produce a distinct odour, you may want to focus on the area a little more thoroughly to make sure any smells are removed, too. Here’s how:
- Mix up equal parts white vinegar and water and add to a spray bottle. Once the area has been cleaned, spray this solution onto the carpet, and allow to dry. The vinegar will help remove any traces of animal smell. Your carpet might smell strongly of vinegar at first, but this will fade to nothing once the solution has dried (you can speed up the drying process by placing a portable fan in front of the area)
- If the smell is still lingering, sprinkle baking soda generously over the area before you go to bed. In the morning, simply vacuum it up. Baking soda is very absorbent, and should draw out any odours in your carpets leaving them clean and fresh.
This November, don’t let the terrible British weather deter you from donning your raincoats and your wellies and getting out into the garden to partake in one of the most colourful events in the British calendar. Worried about the clean up afterwards? Don’t be. By following these helpful hints, cleaning up muddy footprints – and pawprints – should be quick, easy, and stress-free. Plus you can also find out how to clean muddy wellies here.