Eliminating Pet Scum from Walls and Doors

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 10, 2015)

No matter how much you clean, you may find that a house with pets just can't stay clean for very long. Although they certainly don't mean to be messy, your dog, cat, or other pet can still leave behind annoying stains and messes that you must repeatedly tidy up.

Still, having pets doesn't mean that you can't get a clean home. It may require a little extra work, but your efforts will pay off when your house looks sparkling clean.

There are certain areas that you probably think to clean all the time. These include floors, sofas, chairs, and windows, among others. But there are other places where you may find pet messes, and you probably don't consider these areas very often. Still, if you own pets you are likely to find a dirty, scummy build-up on your walls and doors.

Whether you are dealing with slobber, urine, dirt, or other pet-related messes, there are certain methods you can try to rid your doors and walls of pet scum:

  • To remove dirty build-up from doors, a wet rag or sponge can be a great tool. Wipe the surface using a multi-purpose cleaning solution (or a mix of vinegar and water) that is pet safe and free of harsh chemicals. Pay special attention to the portion of the door that is at your pet's level, since he will be able to leave marks and messes lower down.
  • Baseboards can be annoying to get perfectly clean, but it is important that you pay attention to them if you have pets in your home. Normally, going over these with a damp rag is good enough, but if there is a lot of dirt stuck in the grooves you may wish to use a bristle brush or tooth brush to get a really deep clean.
  • Depending on the color of your walls, pet messes may be more or less obvious. Whether you can see buildup or not, try to clean your walls regularly to prevent staining. Use a safe all-purpose cleaner to spray the wall surface, then wipe away with a wet paper towel or rag.

No matter how many pets you may have or what size they are, it is important to stay on top of pet messes by cleaning up regularly. Preventing pet scum from building up in the first place can make future cleanings much quicker and easier.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Cleaning Syrup Stains From Cabinets

Syrup stains can be tough. They are sticky and, once dry, can be very difficult to remove. Fortunately, there are a few ...

Discover More

Identifying High Protein Foods

There are many ways to get the protein your body needs to keep you going strong. Remember these foods if you need more ...

Discover More

Cleaning Dog Teeth

Although you might not think about it too often, you dog's teeth need to be cleaned regularly. Keep your furry friend ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Cat Litter

Cats make clean pets, but if their litter is left too long without being cleaned it can start to smell. Remember to clean ...

Discover More

Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Brushing your dog's teeth doesn't have to be an expensive or traumatic ordeal. If you know what to do and this is how you ...

Discover More

Remove Cat Urine Smell

You may love your cat, but hate the smell of cat urine. Learn how to properly remove the smell of cat urine from your home.

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight more than 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.