Ask just about any American about their pet, and chances are they’ll provide stories, anecdotes, and even pictures of their favorite fur babies. Many households treat and think of their pets like a member of the family because, to be honest, to loving and committed pet parents they are. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) confirms this fact with the estimation that pet owners nationwide are expected to spend almost $70 billion to pamper, protect, and provide for their fur babies in 2017 alone. Of course, with pets come the horrific and expensive mess they leave behind—messes that can potentially destroy your flooring and carpet. Fortunately, there are some simple but effective solutions for pet owners to get their carpets ready for their annual professional carpet cleaning appointments.
According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), weekly vacuuming is essential to maintain the quality and extend the lifespan of modern carpet. This is especially important with pets roaming the house. Fur, dander, feces, and other contaminants easily dislodge and become trapped within carpet fibers. Vacuuming at least twice a week with a HEPA vacuum cleaner helps remove most of the concerns while keeping your family safe and healthy.
Treat Stains or Messes Quickly
Pets have accidents. There’s really no way around that. Sometimes it’s a behavioral problem. But other times they can be caused by loneliness, fear, neglect, or even medical issues. An occasional accident doesn’t mean your carpet is ruined. How you handle it makes all the difference. The faster you can remove the puddle and treat the area, the less likely it is to spread and cause more damage. Blot the urine and remove all solids. Then treat with a high-quality enzyme pet cleaner and follow up by thoroughly washing the area with cool water and a gentle carpet-safe soap.
Neutralize Post-Accident Odors
You may have readily removed the stain, but an intense odor can still remain. If that’s the case, it won’t matter how clean your home and carpet look… the smell will trigger visiting and residential brains into believing you live in filth. Use a high-quality odor neutralizer to remedy the situation. Many can be ordered online or picked up at your favorite box store. And natural remedies such as a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and your favorite essential oil can be used instead. Just be sure that any odor neutralizer is pet safe. Check with your vet if any concerns or questions arise.
Schedule Regular Professional Carpet Cleaning
Don’t waste your time and money on a novice solution for a nasty situation. Rental steam cleaners may be beneficial for issues between professional visits, but modern carpet warranties require professional carpet cleaning to be performed at least once per year. Pet owners, specifically, should consider increasing that to twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall. Just be forewarned that the thorough retraction methods may temporarily pull up ground-in odors that linger until the carpet is thoroughly dry. So make sure your fur baby has a safe and secure place to stay until they can roam freely on your clean and dry carpet. Call today to schedule your carpet cleaning in Macomb, Michigan.