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Essential Carpet Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

No matter how much you train your pets, there will always be the occasional accident to keep you on your toes. Not only will accidents cause you problems, but also hair will be equally as difficult to deal with if you don’t stay on top of it. Here are four ways for pet owners to take care of their carpet.

Dealing with hair

At times it seems like it isn’t possible for your pet to actually have so much hair, but unfortunately they do and it goes all over the place. If you just try to vacuum it all you will most likely end up clogging your vacuum cleaner. You want to deal with as much of the hair yourself first before you decide to vacuum. A good tactic is to get a hair roller to pick up as much as you can before you vacuum, then go round and pick up any large clumps of hair you see with your hands. You should vacuum at least three times a week to avoid too much hair building up.

Urine

When it comes to urine on your carpet your best move is to act fast, by doing so you will be minimising the damage. Put an old cloth over the stain and apply a lot of pressure to soak up as much moisture as possible. Get yourself a cup of warm water and add a few drops of liquid dishwasher detergent, then slowly work the mixture into the carpet. You will then want to clean the affected area with water and a clean towel. Some pet owners will blot a mixture of water and vinegar on the area to help discourage your pet from doing it again.

Solids

Not only does it smell, but it can be messy too if you don’t take care of any solids immediately. It’s important to be careful not to squash or rub any of it into the carpet when you pick it up. The best technique is to use a putty knife and scoop from underneath the solid into a dustpan. By doing this you are getting as much of it off the carpet as possible, and avoiding any further damage.

Smell

Once a solid or stain is cleaned it’s then out of sight out of mind, but a smell from pets can linger for a very long time if untreated. Before you go ahead and use any enzyme treatments to remove the smell from your carpet, try using extraction carpet cleaner and force clean water into the carpet, and then back out. This will get rid of any chemicals remaining in the carpet from previous cleaning. There are powder odour eliminators available, or liquid eliminators to attack the bacteria causing the smell.

No matter if your pet is house trained or not there is going to be stains or smells at some point. The important thing is to know how to deal with it at the time, and do it quickly. The longer you leave it will just increase the chance of the damage being permanent. These tips should help you when your pet decides the toilet is right in the middle your carpet.