Difficulties With Pets and Clean Carpets
If you have pets in your home, you know how hard it can be to keep your carpets and upholstery clean and odor-free. As they shed, their fur tends to build up in your carpet. Plus, accidents can happen at any time, causing stains and unpleasant smells throughout the house. Fortunately, you do not have to choose between removing your carpets or giving up your pets. Cleaning up accidents when they occur and using odor eliminators as well as keeping your animals clean can minimize their effect on your floors. Read on for some ideas you can try between professional carpet cleaning services to keep your home looking and smelling fresh.
Cleaner Pets Equals Cleaner Carpets
Pets are unaware of the havoc they can wreak on the cleanliness of your home. But you can help limit the amount of dirt they drag into the house or other messes they may leave behind by trying some of the suggestions below:
- Keep a towel close to the door they use to go outside. As they come back in, wipe their paws off before the step onto the carpet.
- While cats will take care of the bathing on their own, dogs who get bathed regularly will create less mess to transfer to the carpet.
- Brushing excess hair off of your dog or cat daily will reduce the amount of hair that ends up on the carpet. This process also gets rid of dead skin which can also help them look and smell better.
- If you have spaces in your home that don’t have carpeting, consider confining your pet to only that area. At the very least you can keep them there when you are not home to watch them.
- Artificial ingredients and colors that are often found in pet foods can stain your carpet. Try to find pet foods with more natural ingredients.
- Untrimmed nails can snag which can ruin the carpet fibers. Cat’s nails should be trimmed every 10 days to 2 weeks. Dog’s nails should be trimmed every 1 to 2 months.
Prevention: Stop Stains and Odors Before They Set Into Your Carpet
While you should always clean up messes on the carpet as soon as you notice them, you can help to keep them from getting out of control with the following tips:
- Help prevent odors by placing a fabric softener sheet under the cushions of your pet’s favorite lounge chair.
- Minimize the amount of dirt your pets bring in from outside by placing mats at both the outside and inside of every door they use.
- Create a cleanup kit by filling a bucket with spray stain removers, rags, paper towels, and disposable wipes. Keep it handy so you can grab it quickly when you spot an accident.
- Vacuuming at least 3 times a week is one of the keys to preventing dirt and hair from building up in the carpet.
Cleaning Up After Your Furry Loved Ones
When your pet has an accident, cleaning it up quickly is the best way to prevent the stain from becoming embedded in the carpet. Start by cleaning up the moisture and debris if there is any. Then use a pet-friendly carpet cleaner that will work to remove pet stains and odor. Below are some more ideas for cleaning up after your pet:
Before vacuuming, wrap masking tape around an old paint roller and attach it to an old broom or mop handle. Use it like a giant lint roller to pick up hair before vacuuming and help prevent your vacuum from getting clogged. Raking your carpet with a rubber-bristled carpet rake can help as well.
Pet stores carry safe formulas to clean pet urine, but you can also make your own non-toxic cleaner at home. Lay down an old towel over the urine and apply pressure to remove moisture. Then add three or four drops of liquid dish washing detergent to 1 cup of warm water to clean the area and rinse it with a clean towel and water. Add two parts water and one-part white vinegar to the affected area to remove the order and deter your pet from soiling there again. Lay paper towels on top of the area and use books to weigh them down to help absorb more moisture.
Cleaning urine, feces, vomit and blood stains from your carpet can be challenging. There are products specifically designed to remove set-in pet stains, but you must follow the instructions exactly to see results. Getting these stains out of your carpet will require determination and a little elbow grease. Never use steam cleaners as the heat will only set the stain more into the carpet.
To avoid toxins, use baking soda to get rid of odors. Sprinkle and let it sit for a of couple hours and then vacuum. Pet stores sell enzyme treatments that can be used for removing odors as well. But before using any enzyme treatment, use an extracting carpet cleaner to force only clean water into the carpet and extract it back out. This will remove any chemicals left in your carpet from previous cleaning or treatments.
Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service
While you can help to prevent stains from setting into your carpets, tough stains cannot be removed with regular household cleaners. Having your carpets professionally cleaned two or three times per year can provide benefits other than stain removal. A professional carpet cleaning can remove allergens, restore beauty and actually extend the life of your carpet.
Neato Carpet Care is a family-owned and operated business with over 20 years of carpet cleaning experience. Before we begin our cleaning process, we’ll provide you with a free pre-inspection so you know exactly what we will be doing. Once we begin our process, we guarantee we will restore your carpet to its former, cleaner state. We’ve been serving Phoenix and the surrounding area since 2015. Our company is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) so you know you are getting the best service when you trust your carpets to us. If you have pets and your carpets are in need of some TLC, give us a call today to schedule your next carpet cleaning!