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What do you do when you have cats or dogs in your home and you have nice carpets? One of the biggest challenges of having one of more pet in your home is the work that it takes to keep your carpets clean from pet hair, dander and pet messes. Not only do your pets use your carpet to wipe their feet, but they also leave hair and debris in the carpet fibers. The longer the stains sit the harder they are to remove.
Rubbing The Stain
When it comes to getting a tile, hardwood or linoleum floor clean, you may have to use a little scrubbing action to get that stain out. When it comes to cleaning the stain in your carpet, scrubbing a stain just makes it worse. If you scrub a pet stain, you are effectively just pushing the stain deeper into the fibers of the carpet. This can lead to pet odors setting into the fibers and even push it into the carpet pad underneath.
The proper technique for cleaning a poop, vomit or pee stain from your pet is to first wipe off the bulk of the mess. You can use soap and water to dab at the stain. It is best to use a material that will absorb the stain like a paper towel, microfiber or towel. As best as you can wet and blot the stain until gone. Try to avoid any scrubbing action to reduce pushing it deeper into the carpet.
Letting The Pet Mess Settle In
We have all been there, you come home for a long day at work to find that spot pooped on your brand new carpet right in the middle of the room. Pets have a habit of getting into strange places that are hard to access. It is important that you look not just in the common areas, but other spots where you wouldn’t think spot could get. The longer the stain sits on your carpet, the harder it is going to be to remove that stain without damaging the carpet fibers. Clean it as quickly as possible.
A preventative measure is to use a baby gate and keep your pet in an area where there is no carpet. If spot pees on the linoleum floor, no big deal cleaning that up. Your carpets can’t get stained if your pets are not alone or in contact with the carpet. Most pets prefer to use the carpet for a substitute bathroom in an emergency.
DIY Versus Hiring A Professional
To many pet owners forgo hiring a professional cleaner because of the cost and schedules. This can be a big mistake! When a professional carpet cleaning company cleans your carpet they are superheating the water so the steam gets deep into the fibers to remove old stains and odors. Steam will kill any stubborn bacteria as well as remove stains. This will help extend the life of your carpets and remove bad odors left from your pets.