Dog? Cat? Monkey? No matter what type of furry friend you have in your home, you should not have to remove your carpet to avoid the accumulation of pet hair, stains, or odors. Pets are unpredictable and accidents happen whether you have one, two, or three pets roaming your home. Knowing how to clean up after them, spot clean when needed, and use odor eliminators can help keep your carpets clean.
Hair – Use a Vacuum
Does your pet shed hair continuously all over your home? Pet hair can quickly and easily collect on your carpets and upholstery. Vacuuming is the most efficient way to pick up and remove pet hair from your home. If your pet tends to shed a lot of hair and it tends to clog the vacuum, you may need to try a few alternative methods before vacuuming. Wrapping masking tape around an old paint roller and attaching it too a broom handle can help collect hair. For small upholstery furniture, a small lint roller may do the trick. Alternatively, a carpet rake can help gather pet hair into clumps allowing you to pick it up by hand. At Steamex Eastern, we recommend vacuuming your carpet at least 2-3 times per week to reduce the amount of pet hair lingering in your carpet.
Urine – Clean Up Immediately
Accidents happen, no matter how well your pet is trained. Cleaning up urine immediately is the most effective way to minimize the damage to your carpet. Use an old terrycloth towel to soak up the moisture and then clean up the area with liquid soap and warm water. You can apply the soapy mixture to the urine stain and then rinse it thoroughly with a clean towel and water. Use paper towels and books as weights to absorb any remaining moisture from the carpet.
Stains – Use a Carpet Cleaner
Removing pet urine, feces, vomit, or mud from your carpet can be challenging, especially if you do not find them right away. There are many products on the market designed to remove pet stains, but you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results. An extracting carpet cleaner may be effective in some cases. Avoid using steam cleaners as the heat can make the stain spread and move deeper within the carpet fibers. You can remove pet stains from your carpet, but be prepared to spend a little time and money to do it successfully.
Odor – Use Odor Eliminators
Before attempting any common enzyme treatment to eliminate odors from your carpet, try to use an extracting carpet cleaner. This machine will force clean water into the carpet and extract it back hopefully, removing the lingering odor in the process. You can use powdered odor eliminators on a dry carpet, or apply liquid urine-odor eliminator products that utilize bio-enzymatic ingredients to eliminate the bacteria that cause the odor. Some of the liquid odor eliminators require saturating the carpet with the product and allowing the carpet to dry for up to two weeks without blotting or extracting the product. You can even apply liquid odor eliminators with a tank sprayer to cover larger areas.
When home remedies and specialized pet cleaning solutions do not get the job done, call the professionals at Steamex Eastern for pet odor and stain removal.