Holiday Cleaning Tips with Pets

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Holiday Cleaning Tips with Pets

No one likes a messy house especially during the holidays when you may have unexpected visitors. I never like to have a messy home when people pop in. It’s embarrassing! It can be especially hard if you have pets in your home. Pets leave hair and have unexpected accidents.Holiday Cleaning BISSELL

To prepare for the holidays I wanted to really tackle the high-traffic carpet areas in my home especially where pet spots and stains are the worst. While at Kohl’s the other day I grabbed some of the BISSELL consumables so I would have a fresh home and carpet for our guests. These make cleaning up for the holidays simple and effective.BISSELL carpet cleaner

Holiday cleaning can be so easy, even with a pet. We use the steps below to prep our home before and after the holiday hustle and bustle.

Pets can really make a mess in your home so it’s best to stay on top of the cleaning! They lay everywhere and it seems like each one have their favorite spots. We have twelve cats but only one that enjoys staying inside at times. The others enjoy staying outdoors and in our barns. Over the years I’ve caught these unique creatures in the funniest places in our home. Yes, sometimes I sneak them in and out. haha!

You always have that one pet that thinks they can move everything to better accommodate their sleepy time…

funny cats

And we always seem to have at least one calf to warm up in our home every winter. It’s always a big cleanup job for mom.warming calf indoors

Of course, we hope we don’t have this when holiday guests arrived but you never know. Living on a farm has its daily surprises! Messy surprises too!

Use our holiday cleaning tips checklist to make cleaning a breeze!
Click the image below to download and print.

Holiday Cleaning Tips Checklist

Deep Clean Carpets

Deep cleaning the carpets is an essential part of preparing your home for guests. It’s also great to do after they leave because you know there’s been high traffic in your home. I always use my BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Carpet Cleaner. You can easily clean pet spots and stains from your carpet with the BISSELL 2X Pet Stain & Odor Remover. It quickly removes pet stains and soils from my carpet with the patented odor-control technology. It contains Scotchgard and the best BISSELL pet machine formula for removing strong odors caused by urine. We all know how terrible can urine can smell! Get rid of it once and for all!

I also love using the BISSELL Pet Oxy Boost Carpet Cleaning Formula Enhancer to keep my carpets smelling fresh. The carpet cleaning formula enhancer permanently removes tough pet stains, guaranteed. It’s perfect for a spotless home for the holidays.

Presentable Outdoors

Be sure to outside of your home is as presentable as the inside of your home. Sweep off the sidewalk, clean windows and wipe down doors. Be sure you tackle in clutter outside your home too.

If it’s snowing or icy be sure you have some ice melt on hand so guests down fall. And for goodness sake, be sure to shovel off your sidewalk! No guest wants to tromp through snow.


Be sure kitchen drawers and cupboards are organized. Make sure you have an organized area to hang coats and place shoes. Clean out and organize your refrigerator and freezer too. You’ll most likely have leftovers so be sure to have a spot for them.


Go ahead and get a head start on your laundry. Make sure you have plenty of clean towels and linens for your guests. Also, wash the sheets on beds so your guests enjoy their stay.

Welcome Basket

Make guests feel at home with a welcome basket. I know it’s not necessarily cleaning but it’s a great addition to make any guest feel at home. Try our Guest Bedroom Prep for Holiday House Guests.

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The BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Carpet Cleaner and consumable products also make the perfect gift!

Here’s an infographic to help you select the right BISSELL product consumables to fit the needs of your home and pets.

Cleaning Tips Infographic


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Holiday Cleaning Tips with Pets

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Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

  1. Great checklist for the holidays and everyday. There are always those tasks you tend to forget. [client]

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