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Aug
29
2014

Carpet Cleaning Tips For Pet Owners

Pet owners have their work cut out for them. The responsibility involved with owning a pet is almost a full time job. You've got to keep them fed, sheltered, cleaned, and loved. But along with taking care of man's best friend or your finicky feline companion you also have to contend with your home.

It's NOT their fault...

By no fault of their own, pets can wreak havoc on your carpet. They don't mean to. They just don't know any better. So here are some tips on how to keep your carpet looking great even with pets in your home.

The first thing you want to do is to make sure to vacuum regularly. For non-pet owners it is recommended to vacuum at least once a week. If you have a dog or cat you may want to bump that up to 2-3 times a week. This will get all that pet hair up out of your carpet. Make sure to go over your upholstery and tile also. Vacuuming is the simplest and most effective thing you can do to control the amount of pet hair and dander your home can accumulate.

If your pet happens to have an accident you want to address the area as soon as you possibly can. The sooner you treat the spot the better chance you have of getting it completely clean. If your pet does a number two then make sure you pick it up with a paper towel first.

If urine is the issue then you want to begin by extracting as much of the liquid as possible. This can be done by using a shop vac or some towels. If you use towels make sure to place a weight on top and give the urine some time to absorb into the towels.

When you have finished extracting then you will want to use a cleaning agent to clean the remaining stain. There are a number of over the counter spot removers you can use or you may choose to mix your own. Three parts warm water to one part white vinegar is an excellent household remedy for pet urine. Just apply it to the stain and blot with a clean towel. Blotting is essential. You do not want to rub at a stain in your carpet, ever.

The Cleaning Tips

After cleaning with your solution remember to rinse the area with some clean water and extract again with the shop vac or some clean towels.

If there is still some odor after the area has dried just pour some baking soda over it and leave it there for a while to absorb the odor. Afterward just vacuum up the baking soda and you should be good to go.

These simple steps can go a long way to keeping your carpet looking fresh and clean even though you have pets.

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