The Clean Sweep

At BISSELL®, we strive to make life easier for active families and pet parents, to give them the time and confidence to enjoy life in a clean home. The Clean Sweep is your online resource for home tips - whether you’re looking for the best ways to clean up life’s messes, expert pet tips, or general lifestyle and home organizing advice, we have it covered!

Why pets? It’s our love for pets that drives us to design products that help make pet messes, odors and pet homelessness disappear. BISSELL proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation® and its mission to help save pets in need.
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As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we can’t help but look back and reflect on our most memorable. Why? Because we know this holiday will be unlike any we’ve ever known. But when we look to find some commonality, we recognize all of the wonderful years past shared something in common: some sort of mishap or mess! Like the year the Christmas tree fell not once, but twice, into the middle of the living room. Or that time the cat swatted and broke every single ornament hanging on the bottom level of the tree…

Are you ready for the cuddliest, snuggliest, fluffiest sporting event of the year? That’s right! It’s almost time for Puppy Bowl XII, which returns to Animal Planet on Sunday, February 7, from 3-5 PM ET/PT. Featuring adoptable “players” from 44 different rescues, it’s become a yearly must-see tradition for football fans and non-fans alike. In between the adorable touchdowns and penalties, visitors to will watch as 10 foster puppies are unleashed into a pristine white room to create a variety of cute messes. As time ticks by, the puppies will be presented with more messes, from a larger-than-life sloppy joe to a gravy-filled champagne glass tower and a shower of confetti.

The New Year is the perfect time to resolve that you can better manage pet messes around the house. In fact, more families would have pets if they only understood how easy it can be to maintain a clean pet home! A BISSELL pet clean-up survey found that nearly 25 percent of people without pets said pet messes were the main reason they chose to be pet-less.

Whew! The holidays are over for another year. The gifts have been unwrapped. The tree has been put away. And the lights…well, okay, maybe they’re still up. But don’t worry. There’s always next month for that. Here’s something you shouldn’t put off, though. Making your New Year’s resolutions!

The holidays are traditionally a time to gather together with friends and family. And since many of us consider our pets to be part of the family, chances are good that holiday festivities will include both two- and four-footed guests (reindeer excluded). To help your holidays play out more along the lines of It’s a Wonderful Life instead of the gathering gone awry in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (during which crazy Aunt Bethany gives the gift that keeps on “meow-ing”), take a look at these seasonal pet-proofing tips.

Spring is a perfect time to celebrate our animal companions. The weather is just right for our pooches to enjoy more time with us outdoors, exploring all the new “sniffs” of spring. And from a safe perch indoors, our felines can excitedly watch birds and butterflies flutter about, putting the “King of the Jungle” pounce back in their kitty steps.

Of the $18.6 billion spent annually on Valentine’s Day, $815 million will be spent on pets, according to the National Retail Federation. Rightfully so! February 14th is the one day per year you can spoil Fido and Fifi with gifts such as an “I <3 My Pet” desktop frame and not think twice about doing so!

With Christmas fast approaching, many pet parents will want to make magical memories that include their four-legged friends. After all, pets are family! A visit to see Santa can be a fun family outing that allows you to make merry moments in photo form for scrapbooks or holiday cards.

Barbecues, backyard pool parties and fireworks make for the most patriotic of summer celebrations. However, as much fun as the festivities are for the two-legged members of our families, it’s best to do a little prep work to ensure that our four-legged “party animals” stay safe and happy during the celebrations.

Across the country, leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and gold as families begin preparations for Thanksgiving feasts and fellowship. For many, Thanksgiving festivities include the tradition of sharing what they are thankful for. In my family, we believe that some of our biggest blessings come on four legs.

Tis the season to be jolly, and our furry bundles of joy need not be forgotten in the holiday frenzy. Whether your family is celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the New Year, the holidays become happier occasions when all members of the family are included. Here are several ideas for including your pet in the fun this holiday season:

It used to be a novelty to see pets in costume, but it now seems standard for spirited pet owners to include their dogs (and a few cats) in Howl-O-Ween celebrations.