Pets are wonderful. They cheer us up when we’re sad, bring us joy when we’re happy and are an overall blast to be around. As amazing as they are, however, they do have a certain reputation when it comes to cleaning. And, it goes without saying that if you keep a pet, no matter how well-trained or well-mannered, a mess will happen – it’s just a matter of time!
A lot of pet owners find themselves struggling to keep up with the additional cleaning needs brought about by their pets. From emergency messes to dirty paw marks and pet hair, the cleaning tasks seem to just keep adding up. And no place in your home is under pet attack as often as your carpets are.
A word of caution – The majority of store-bought carpet cleaning solutions for pet owners contain a wide range of dangerous chemicals. These chemicals are hazardous to you, your family, your pet and the environment. A much safer (and even more cost-efficient!) way of going about your carpet cleaning would be to brew up a few solutions of your own, DIY style! For this you would want to make sure that your home is stocked up on:
When you find yourself faced with a mess, your first task is to keep your cool. Remember – your pet didn’t mean for the mess to happen, nor did it want to purposefully annoy you. So don’t go shouting at it needlessly and instead focus your energy on taking care of the mess on your carpet.
The entire art of carpet cleaning for pet owners is in the reaction time. You want to grab your (hopefully) already prepared toolkit and rush to the spot post-haste. The longer pet urine or stains stay on your carpet, the more time they have to seep into the fabrics and cause permanent damage. Remove your pet from the room, preferably leaving it with a family member in an adjacent room, or in the bathroom if nobody is around and move on to the next step.
Different types of pet messes need to be handled differently. Spills and urine should never be rubbed, as this will push them deeper into the fabric of your carpet. Solid messes, on the other hand, should not be tended to with towels or rags, unless you want to have them smeared all over your floor. The only all-purpose tool, excluded from this rule remains your trusty vacuum cleaner – it can deliver the finishing touch after any clean-up and deal with everyday pet hair with ease!
For handling any sort of wet mess, you can use:
Mix your water, and vinegar, pouring them into your spray bottle, grab your rag and head over to the spot.
For wet messes, be it urine, vomit or a spill, a towel or rag is your best friend. You want to avoid any sort of rubbing or scrubbing motions and stick to gently pressing it to the surface of your carpet instead. This will allow your towel to absorb the liquid, leaving your carpet relatively dry. Then spray your concoction on the spot. Sprinkle the location with the baking soda and let it stay like that for about 15 minutes. Then, blot it with a clean towel and vacuum it up!
For a solid mess, you would get the best results by using:
Even though you could technically scoop a solid mess by using a towel, it is not recommended as it can very easily push and smear it onto the carpet, making it much harder to deal with. Instead, you should use a putty knife – simply sink the edge gently into your carpet and scoop the mess into your dustpan.
For dealing with the odour, you can rely on either baking soda or, if you would rather stick with a fancy carpet cleaning solution – your brand odour neutraliser of choice. Then, allow it adequate time to do its job, air-dry the area and scoop up with your vacuum cleaner.
That’s right! These next five carpet cleaning tips will allow you to shorten your average cleaning session by as much as 50%!
Considering their size, the paws of your pet can drag a surprising amount of dust, dirt and grime into your home. By keeping those paws clean you can drastically lower the amount of damage, suffered by the carpets in your high-traffic areas. Keeping a clean towel and a spray bottle near your door for quick after-walk clean-ups will do wonders for your carpet situation!
By putting down rugs around your home you are hitting two birds with one stone (not that anyone would actually want to hit birds). You are not only adding extra bits of comfort to your home, but you are also giving your pet the ability to clean its paws from dirt and dust while moving from room to room. Just make sure to actually clean the rugs regularly as well!
Even though not all pets share the same love for water and baths, keeping your best friends all clean and tidy will help you greatly reduce the amount of dust and dirt in your home. Furthermore, by ensuring that your dog is properly groomed will limit the amount of pet hair which finds its way into your carpets and upholstery.
The best thing you can do on top of grooming your pets is frequent vacuuming. Don’t wait for when you actually start encountering pet hair to begin. As with all things cleaning, persistence is the key. If you would normally vacuum your home once a week, consider adding a quick mid-week carpet cleaning session.
Even the carpets in households with no pets can benefit from a professional’s touch every now and then. And if you own a pet, no matter how much tender loving care you give to your carpet, it will need to get professionally cleaned sooner, rather than later. The general needs of carpets vary, based on fabric and manufacturer, but the carpet cleaning experts agree that you should have your carpet professionally cleaned once every six months, at the very least.