5 Quick Steps To Keep Your Carpet Clean From Pets
We all know that a dog is a man’s best friend, but they can get on our nerves when they make a mess of our clean carpet. From urine stains to hair and footprints, our pets can be a real source of frustration.
However, they’re a part of our lives that are here to stay. It’s up to us to take steps to properly take care of our carpets to ensure that they don’t suffer damage due to our pets.
Why Do We Need To Keep Our Carpets Clean From Pets?
To lengthen the lifespan of your carpet, there are a variety of steps that you can take. As a general rule of thumb, cats groom themselves more often than dogs. However, they can still create a lot of mess when they shed their fur. This may cause allergies for some people if it is not cleaned up regularly. Additionally, pets with long nails can cause serious damage to the pile of your carpets, and pet urine can result in unpleasant odours or stains.
If your carpet has been affected by pet stains for a long time, there are several steps we can take before cleaning. This will help us ensure that your carpet stays in good shape along with reducing time and stress during the dry cleaning process.
Quick Steps To Keep Your Carpet Clean When You Have Pets
Pick the Right Kind Of Carpet
When it comes to choosing a new carpet or replacing an old one, there are certain choices you can make which will minimize potential damage.
First of all, we recommend choosing a cut pile carpet. Loop pile carpets can cause your pet’s paws to get stuck and create unnecessary damage. Try to pick a carpet that is similar to the colour of your pet’s coat so their fur isn’t as noticeable.
Synthetic carpets are also a great choice, as they are less likely to get stains. You should also aim to vacuum your carpet or lounge weekly to remove pet hair and general debris.
If you have people with allergies in your home, a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum is a great choice. We also advise that you have your carpet cleaned by a professional from Elite annually, as we can guarantee proper removal of hair, dust mites, stains and odours.
Deal With Urine Stains As Quickly As Possible
Pet urine stains will become more difficult to remove if you don’t deal with them quickly. However, the first thing many people do after their pet urinates on a carpet is grab a household cleaning product and try to scrub out the stain. Sadly, this generally makes the problem worse as most cleaning products around the home aren’t able to remove the stains or eliminate odours. Leave it to the professionals – our proprietary Supa Sanitiser is highly effective for eliminating the impact of pet urine on your carpet.
Urine stains will widen the fibres of your carpet and make it easier for it to reach the subfloor by damaging the surface tension. This makes it very difficult to remove the stains by yourself. Then there is the frustrating issue of smells that won’t go away. This is due to uric salts, and they can only be removed with an enzymatic cleaner.
Keep Your Carpet Protected
It is crucial that you scotch-guard older carpets to ensure that the fibres stay strong and well-protected against stains. You may need to repeat this on a semi-regular basis to ensure that you can keep it protected against dirt and stains.
You should aim to have this done by the professionals at Elite to ensure that the fibres have been properly treated. If you try to do it yourself and miss a spot in the process, it will mean that stains can get under the fibres that you have treated. As a result, the stains which have gotten past the scotch guarding may be very difficult to remove.
Use Rugs In Your House
If there are areas in your house that receive high foot traffic from your pets, you should consider laying down rugs. They are much easier to clean than a carpet, and far easier to replace if needed.
If your pet must stay inside, try to discourage them from going on your carpets by placing their bedding or toys in other areas of your home. You can prevent your pets from bringing dirt inside by placing doormats made from stray or other slightly abrasive materials at entrances.
Groom Your Pets
We advise that you keep your dog’s nails trimmed to reduce the damage that they can do to your carpets, along with wiping your dog’s paws when they are dirty. Try to ensure that long-haired dogs or cats are cut neatly, and make sure you brush them regularly to minimise unnecessary shedding.
It may also help to put a cover or coat on your pet after you have brushed them or bathed them. You may need to be extra careful about cleaning up fur during certain times when your pet is shedding.
If you own a pet, it’s very important that you follow the steps that we have outlined above. This will guarantee that your carpet lasts for as long as possible and that it stays clean during its lifespan. Vacuuming regularly is one of the best ways that you can achieve this.
However, in some cases vacuuming may not be enough. The best way to ensure that your carpets stay fresh all year round is to have them professionally dry-cleaned by the experts at Elite. This service is an excellent way to deep clean your carpets, removing fur, dirt and pet urine stains quickly and effectively. It will also ensure that allergens are removed from your carpet, making your home more pleasant for all occupants.
Choose Elite For High-Quality Dry Cleaning
If you are struggling to deal with pet odours or stains in your home, don’t worry. The experts at Elite have over 40 years of experience in the carpet cleaning industry, and no job is too big or small for us to deal with. Get in touch today by calling 131 580 to book your service.