Don Aslett is called America’s # 1 cleaning expert, and for good reason, he knows about cleaning. He also knows a lot about time management, organization and accomplishment of tasks, but above all, he knows about cleaning. “Pet Clean-Up Made Easy” is his guide to cleaning up animal messes, including what tools and products to use and where to find them. This is a practical book that not only helps you clean up the mess, but shows you strategies to “protect the animals” in your home and prevent the mess. It sounds like something that Sun Tzu would teach: “Win without fighting”.
The book is easy to read and contains illustrations for which Aslett’s books are known. Personally, I really like the illustrations in his books and I think they add to his message. They make books more fun to read. This book has a brief introduction and six main chapters.
Cleaning Pets 101. This chapter covers important cleaning tools and techniques for all kinds of cleaning tasks for pets. I like that it lists different tools and what they are used for, as well as what air fresheners do, and a few other tips for various situations.
Good clean life – with pets. A chapter on preventive measures to avoid germs and keep your house free from damage. Aslett discusses ways to control pets, disinfectants and how to set up a pet control center, as well as other important tips.
Burglary. A chapter on eliminating cleaning problems through training dogs and cats. Cages, crates and litter boxes are some of the topics discussed here.
In the event of an accident. This chapter contains tips for cleaning up animal damage. Not the nicest of topics, but important if you are a pet owner. Assess takes care of cleaning the urine and cleaning up the excrement. Cleaning of vomit is also included. Again, not pleasant, but important when you need it.
Tales of Hairy Animals. With most pets coming the hairs, this chapter deals with the loss, bathing and control of fleas. There are tips on grooming, hair picking tools and bathing your pet. There is also very good information about fleas and how to prevent them, or how to get rid of them, depending on your needs.
Pets Do the Hardest Things. The last chapter of the book focuses on the problems of pets and occasional bad behaviour. Pets that jump on things or people, track in dirt or mud, scratch and chew on things are some of the issues covered in this chapter.
If you have a pet, this is a great book to help you keep your home clean. It also contains very practical tips for raising pets that will make the experience more rewarding for you and your animals. I highly recommend Aslett’s books as enjoyable, practical, and perfect (or should I say perfect) with her advice and strategies.