We’d like to posit that Phoebe Buffay got it wrong. It’s not unheard of, but certainly less common, that we’re called upon to try and remove cat-related odours from carpets.
But dogs? Dogs have stinking up houses down to an art!
Many people think that dogs and carpets are an either/or choice – that you can have one or the other. We disagree, and believe that your beautiful dog and beautiful carpet can live in harmony; it just might take a bit more TLC on your part.
There are four main ways that our loving pups can keep us on our toes when it comes to our carpets.
Even those dogs who barely shed seem able to deposit a fine layer of hairs wherever they lay. Oftentimes vacuum cleaners are unable to get all those tiny little hairs (or if your four-legged friend is on the higher end of the shedding spectrum, you might find their discarded fluff clogs your vacuum faster than you can pick it up). You can DIY a giant lint roller by wrapping masking tape around an old paint roller and attaching it to a broom handle to pick up stubborn or excessive pet hair. Then be sure to give carpets a once-over with the vacuum every few days or so to keep hair build-up at bay.
Accidents and stains
Whether a toilet training accident, an upset belly full of grass, or a coffee spilled because of a dog underfoot, there’s no shortage of ways for your dog to create lasting memories on the landscape of your carpet. Whatever the reason, a few rules apply across the board. Act fast: soak up any liquid and apply cleaning products before the spill dries. Whether you’re using a specific enzyme cleaner to discourage repeated accidents, or a general carpet cleaner, or even just a couple of drops of laundry detergent, work the cleaner into the affected area then clean well with fresh water and dry as much as you can. Once you’ve removed as much water as possible, place 10 to 20 paper towels on the area and cover with a heavy book. Check periodically and replace the paper towels once they become overly damp.
Of course, there will be the odd occasion that you don’t find out about the accident for some time, allowing it to dry in the meantime. This is likely the point at which you’ll want to bring in a professional carpet cleaner with the appropriate equipment. If you do decide to tackle an older stain yourself, be sure to avoid using a rented steam cleaner, as the heat can ‘set’ stains, making them all but impossible to remove.
More than pet hair and accident stains, odours that cling to carpets are a big issue for pet owners in carpeted houses. It’s especially hard for us to tell if the carpets in our own homes are harbouring untoward scents, because we spend so much time there we’ve all but gotten used to it. However, if you’ve had a furry little friend running around the place, it’s safe to assume the house no longer smells as fresh as it could.
Finally, it’s a good idea for pet owners to have their carpets professionally cleaned annually to keep it looking and smelling fresh. This also relieves symptoms for any sufferers of allergies to pet hair that’s hanging around.
Did you know Elite Carpet Cleaning also clean mattresses and upholstery? If you have a particularly spoiled (or particularly naughty!) pup who spends time on the couch or on your bed, it might be time to consider a deep clean to the lounge room suite – even though the pup will be back on it in no time.