Pets are one of the most wonderful companions you can have in life, and the freedom of having your pets in your household can be both liberating and fulfilling. But with pet ownership comes certain responsibilities that, at times, will be troublesome and difficult to deal with. Our furry friends have a tendency to leave hair and dander everywhere they go, and sometimes they even have accidents that leave your carpets smelling awful. Let’s go over some quick tips and guidelines as to how you can both prevent these incidents from occurring as well as what to do when they happen.
First and foremost, pets should be regularly bathed! Although some pet owners don’t like to do this as the pet will tend to protest, this goes a long way to keeping excess fur and dander under control. Always be sure to use pet shampoo only, instead of human, as there are different chemicals in human shampoo that can not only cause damage to your pet’s coat, but exacerbate the problem with shedding as well as potentially trigger reactions. Once your pet is clean, make sure to regularly brush their coat to remove excess fur. This will help keep it out of the carpets and your furniture, and for cats it will reduce their likeliness to cough up hairballs on your carpet.
Next, make sure to regularly change your cat’s litter box, or walk your dog to ensure that they are relieving themselves where they should be. When animals begin having accidents, there can be many reasons, including health problems, anxiety, or nutritional problems. It may even be something as simple as a dirty litter box! Since the actual root of the cause is beyond the scope of this article, be sure to consult with your veterinarian for proper advice, but in the meantime keep things clean for your pet and they will usually do the same for you.
Since accidents will eventually happen, you should be prepared for them. Pet stores stock specific pet cleaning products that use enzyme-based neutralization to disinfect and deodorize the spot where an accident occurs. This is important in a number of ways. First, pets tend to gravitate back towards a spot they left a mess in, so it’s important to get the odor out to prevent this. Enzyme cleaners are the only true way to do this, as normal solutions do not wholly remove the odor to the pet even if it does for humans. Second, neutralization will remove the acidic content of the waste matter, which will prevent damage to your carpet. If urine gets to the bonding adhesive in the carpet, it can dissolve it and cause delamination, resulting in further damage to your carpet. Special enzyme cleaners will also kill the bacteria that resides in waste matter, leaving the carpet safe for you and your family.
If you are not able to do cleaning on your own and need higher-power equipment or more solution than you can reasonably obtain to get the job done, consider hiring a carpet cleaning professional. Most carpet cleaners are able to deliver high quantities of specialized pet cleaning solutions that are safe for your pets and the environment at a price much more economical than getting it on your own. Additionally, they will be able to use their equipment to provide a deeper cleaning than you would be able to. Obviously, a full cleaning is usually not necessary for smaller stains, but if you’ve neglected a room for a while or moved into a home with a history of accidents, heavy duty cleaning may be in order if not complete replacement. Be sure to check with your carpet cleaning technician first to see what the best approach may be.