We absolutely love and adore our furry companions, but it’s not always easy to stay calm when we start to see the stains and smell the odors that come hand-in-hand with sharing our homes with our pets. Muddy paws, unavoidable training accidents, and surprising amounts of fur…seriously where does it all come from?! All of these things can wreak havoc on your carpets, even after you vacuum and clean up the stains.
Listed below are five tips from our carpet cleaning experts at Sincerely Yours on how you can keep your carpets clean and odor-free.
Clean and Groom Your Pet Regularly – Depending on your furry friend, this may not always be a fun task, but it is a crucial step in keeping your carpets clean. Regularly brush and bathe your pet. Shedding may be unavoidable with many animal breeds, brushing your pet on a regular basis can help reduce the amount of hair that makes its way to the carpet.
Pet Pedicure – Trim your pet’s nails. Not only do long nails damage your carpets, but they can also chip and break, causing pain or making it more uncomfortable for your pets to stand or walk. If your pet’s nails are left untrimmed they can snag on your carpet, damaging carpet fibers and potential tearing. Keep your pet’s nails short and filed to avoid damaging your carpets and to improve their comfort.
Keep Your Pet’s Paws Clean – Pets often track dirt all over your carpets, especially during the summer months when they can run and play outside more often. Place a room temperature shallow water dish next to the door with a dry towel. When your furry friend comes in from a potty break or a play session, dip their paws in the dish and dry them with the towel.
Vacuum Frequently – Regular vacuuming can help keep your home looking tidy, even when your pet sheds frequently. Vacuum several times a week to avoid fur buildup in your carpets. This will also prevent the dirt and grime pets track into the house from accumulating in your carpets. Vacuum’s with HEPA filters can provide the best results. Also, keep in mind that vacuuming is not a race…unless your pet likes to chase you around. Slow and steady vacuuming can remove up to 35% more dust and pet dander.
Clean Up Accidents Quickly – Even the best-behaved pets can experience an accident or two. When these accidents to occur it is vital to clean up these accidents as quickly as possible to prevent the urine from crystallizing in your carpets. If the urine is allowed to crystallize or reaches the carpet padding, staining and obnoxious odors are imminent.
Hire a Professional – Hire a professional carpet cleaning company, such as Sincerely Yours, to combat any obnoxious stains and pet odors. Professional carpet cleaning gets deep down into the carpet fibers and carpet padding removing and dust, grime, urine residue, and pet odors. We recommend that you have your carpets professionally cleaned every 9-12 months.