According to the Insurance Information Institute, 68% of American households include a pet. Cats and dogs remain the most common pets at home and they spend a lot of time roaming carpeted areas. Soon, many pet owners find themselves looking up solutions for how to remove pet odor and pet stains from carpeting and even rugs. The good news is that there are many solutions available to you. Here are four you should consider.
1. Groom Your Pets More Often
According to the American Kennel Club, some dog breeds require weekly baths, while others can go up to six weeks without setting a paw in a bath tub. Talk to your vet about how often you can safely bathe your dog and plan baths accordingly. Between baths, be sure to groom your dog with a special brush or comb. Cats rarely need baths and most do an excellent job of cleaning themselves, but they can still use some help via brushing or combing. The older they become and the longer their fur, the more important it is to lend a helping hand.
2. Vacuum Often With Carpet Powders
Even with meticulous grooming, pets may continue to shed. Because dogs, and especially cats, lick themselves, the fur itself may carry an odor. When this compounds into clumps along the floors and even sticking to walls, it contributes to the foul smell. Try to vacuum your carpets at least weekly to prevent the buildup. Using a carpet odor eliminator is also helpful. One that comes highly recommended from pet owners all across America is Arm & Hammer’s Pet Fresh. You can even find these at dollar stores.
3. Use Spot Cleaning for One-Off Incidents
Puppies and kittens take time to train. Even cats and dogs that are older or ill may have difficulties controlling bowel movement. If you have pets that fit into either of these categories, watch out for accidents on the carpet. However, if this is a one-off incident or only happens occasionally, spot treatment may suffice. To remove pet urine stains, you need soap, water and a washcloth reserved for this purpose. Clean the area as best as possible with these tools, then sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum it up in the morning.
4. Call the Experts for the Tough Stains
If your cat or dog has regular accidents, or has defecated on the carpet, you need to call in professionals. We have the tools necessary to restore your carpet, rug and upholstery to its former glory. If you recognize that this may be an ongoing problem, then consider scheduling regular cleanings. Note also that routine hypo-allergenic carpet cleaning can be beneficial for family members who struggle with seasonal or pet allergies.
If maintaining a clean and fresh home is important to you, pet odors and pet stains may feel like insurmountable obstacles. However, by adjusting your cleaning routine and relying on affordable professional services, you can keep your home looking and smelling as good as it did before you brought Fido home. Contact Safe-Dry® Carpet Cleaning of Germantown TN at 901-530-8370 and ask about our pet stains and odor removal services.