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Why is it important to choose the right cleaning products as a pet owner?

As a pet owner, you’ll know that there are plenty of highs to having a pet in the home. But, you’ll also be familiar with the messes furry friends can bring, from stray hairs on the floor to lingering odors on your couch.

When cleaning and disinfecting areas where your pet spends a lot of time, you need to choose a product that is effective against pet messes, but also pet surface friendly.

Luckily our FamilyGuard™ Brand Disinfectant Sprays and Cleaners are suitable for a range of pet surfaces in your home so you can find a product that works for you.

How to clean homes with pets

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your home is a great way to refresh your space, kill germs, and keep everything looking its best, especially if you have pets.

The first step in your pet-focused cleaning routine is working out which surfaces your pets interact with the most. This could be their toys, food and water bowls, but also areas of your home where they spend a lot of time such as the kitchen floor or soft surfaces in your living room.

Next, you’ll need to choose the right product for the job.

Wondering what disinfectants are suitable to use on cat and dog areas in your home? Our FamilyGuard™ Brand Disinfectant Spray is a versatile aerosol which kills germs and viruses on 100+ hard, non-porous surfaces in your home, including where kids and pets play (see for full list of approved and prohibited surfaces). Alternatively, our two-in-one FamilyGuard™ Brand Disinfectant Cleaner can clean and disinfect your space and is expertly formulated for use in homes with children and pets.

Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate both of these products into your pet-oriented cleaning routine.

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How to clean and disinfect pet messes on hard surfaces

To help you deal with pet messes left behind on the hard, non porous surfaces around your house, such as hard floors or plastic toys, try FamilyGuard™ Brand Disinfectant Cleaner. This disinfectant and cleaner in one cuts through dirt and grime and kills 99,9% of viruses and bacteria, meaning you don’t have to bother with two separate products and can spend more time on what’s most important to you.

It's also expertly formulated for use in homes with children and pets, helping give you peace of mind.

For best results, follow these simple steps.

To clean:

  1. Spray 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) from surface until thoroughly covered.
  2. For kitchen countertops and similar, food contact surfaces must be rinsed with clean potable water following application.
  3. For tough jobs, let stand several minutes before wiping. Rinse.

To disinfect:

  1. Pre-clean visibly soiled areas
  2. Spray 6-8 inches from surface until visibly wet
  3. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Wipe and rinse with potable water*

*Rinse food contact surfaces, toys, pet bowls, or other similar surfaces with potable water after using FamilyGuard™ Brand cleaners and disinfectants.

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How to minimise pet smells on soft surfaces

Our FamilyGuard™ Brand Disinfectant Spray is designed to kill germs and viruses on the hard, non-porous surfaces in your home, but it can also help refresh soft surfaces.

When used as directed, this pet-area safe disinfectant spray aerosol can kill odor-causing bacteria on 100+ surfaces in your home, including couches, curtains and decorative pillows. It’s also available in a citrus or fresh scent, bringing a pleasant smell to your spaces.

For best results, follow these simple steps:

  1. Spot test soft surfaces in an inconspicuous area for colorfastness before widespread use
  2. Spray pre-cleaned surface until damp.
  3. Allow surface to dry completely before using it. KEEP CHILDREN AND PETS OFF TREATED SURFACES UNTIL DRY.

All surfaces must be left to dry completely before pets can interact with them again.

Note that this product fights odors caused by bacteria, such as those from saliva or urine, on sofas and other home fabrics that your pet may leave.

*Rinse pet contact surfaces with potable water after using FamilyGuard™ Brand cleaners and disinfectants.

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How can I keep my pets safe while I clean?

To avoid your pets coming in contact with any harmful substances, keep them out of the room where you are cleaning and make sure to leave all pet-contact surfaces to dry completely before letting your pet interact with them again. Rinse pet bowls and toys with potable water after using a disinfectant on them.

If you think your pet has been exposed to a harmful substance, seek advice from your veterinarian immediately.

Are disinfectants designed for use where pets play still effective against germs?

Our FamilyGuard™ Brand products are designed to be effective disinfectants that kill 99.9% of germs so you can have peace of mind while keeping your home clean.