How to Keep Your Carpets Clean With Pets

Maintaining Pristine Carpets in a Pet-Friendly Home: Effective Tips and Solutions

Keeping your furniture, floors and carpets clean with pets can be a real chore. There is no shortage of situations causing your carpet to become dirty — from the typical shedding to the less frequent but problematic situation of your cat peeing on the carpet out of fear or the new puppy that needs some training still.

Depending on your furniture, floor, or carpet type, your carpet and furniture might look really dirty, really quick.

In this article, we will go over some preventative and reactive measures you can take so that you keep your carpet and floors looking fresh for longer.

Dry The Paws

If your dog gets wet for any reason or goes outside, wipe their paws before allowing them to run loose around the house. Yes, it’s extra work, but it will keep dirt and mud out of your carpets. It will go a long way in keeping your home clean longer.

Our recommendation is to place a towel or rag by your backdoor or front door — wherever you tend to let your dog out. This way, you don’t have to go looking for a towel or rag every time. Make as easy for yourself as possible.

Brush Your Pet

Pets love to shed. If your dog has fur, rather than hair, picking up the fur is a lot of work.

For example, German Shepherds shed like crazy, but by taking them outside and regularly brushing their coat, you can keep the fur outside of your home. This cuts down on the amount of fur that is in your carpet, on your floors, or in your furniture.

The last thing you probably want to do in the winter is go outside and brush your dog’s fur. So, when the winter time hits, you can opt to brush your dog in the bathtub (without water, of course). This gives you some barrier or area for containing the fur.

If your dog has a bad association with the tub, just think of an area you can go to that is contained. The idea is to get all of the fur off and in the trash in the simplest manner.

This will save you time having to constantly sweep or vacuum fur up. Plus, fur and hair, overtime, can damage a vacuum. By reducing the amount of fur or hair that is picked up, you extend the life of your vacuum.

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming, in all its simplicity, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your carpet clean.

It’s recommended that carpets and rugs are vacuumed at least twice a week, and more often in high-traffic areas. To determine the exact number of times you should vacuum in a week, figure out the number of heartbeats in your home.

For example, if you have three people in your home plus a dog, that’s four heartbeats. You should vacuum at least four times in a week.

However, it is a good idea to vacuum every day if you have pets. It will pick up the fleas and dander, reducing allergens, that pets tend to shed and drop. If you don’t have time to vacuum every day, focus on the rooms—and the furniture—where your pets spend the most time.

To get the best results, slowly push the vacuum forward several feet in the direction of the pile and then reverse. Vacuum in overlapping direction and repeat as necessary.

Clean Up Accidents Immediately

If your pet has an accident on the floor, don’t wait to clean it up. Prompt cleaning will reduce the chance of lingering odors. It will prevent some of the urine from seeping deep into the carpet and dry out. Once urine is deep into the carpet and starting to dry out, it can be difficult to remove the odor without the help of an odor control technician.

You can try to mask the odor with off-the-shelf products but that only treats the symptom. You will have to continuously buy products to mask the odor.

Our friends over at Cooper Carpet have a certified odor control technician on their staff and can help you remove pet odor, so if you find yourself with some pet odor you wish to get rid of, consider getting in touch with them.

Rent or Buy A Carpet Cleaner

It’s always a good idea to give your carpets a little bit more love. Even if you follow all of the steps above, your carpet will need a deeper clean at some point.

You can rent or buy your own carpet cleaner. Places like Wal-mart offer options to rent a carpet cleaning machine. However, these machines often aren’t properly maintained or are dirty and loading or unloading the machine may be difficult.

If you choose to rent a machine, be sure to inspect it before renting it.

Alternatively, you can buy a carpet cleaning machine for around $100 – $500. Not a bad price if you decide to use it multiple times. It’s certainly more convenient than hiring a professional carpet cleaner.

The downside with the carpet cleaning machines on the market is that the temperature of the water doesn’t usually get as high as a professional machine, which results in less effective cleaning. Plus, they are not as powerful so they are not able to extract as much water and dirt from the carpet.

Buying a carpet cleaning machine is a good idea as long as you make the effort to learn a little bit about how to clean carpets, proper moisture levels, and chemicals. Otherwise, you may be looking at some unnecessary risks.

Hire A Carpet Cleaner

Probably the easiest and best solution. Hire a professional carpet cleaning company every so often — like once every three to six months. This way, you don’t have to worry about the risks associated with DIY carpet cleaning.

Combine a professional carpet cleaning service with a professional maid service and you don’t have to worry about keeping your carpets cleaned. A team of professionals will do it for you.

At St. Pete’s Maids, we can help you keep your home clean on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. You can book today to get started with us. Our friends over at Cooper Carpet are a professional carpet cleaning company and can help you for the more detailed carpet and upholstery cleaning that you may need.