Many people have pets and love them dearly, but having a pet can lead to some messes on the floor! Dogs and cats get sick and vomit, or have urine or stool accidents on the floor from time to time. Cleaning up pet messes quickly is important towards keeping your flooring in top shape.
Here are some tips for taking care of pet messes quickly and effectively!
1.Clean Up the Mess Right When You See It
Coming into your house with hungry kids and bags full of groceries can make it difficult to deal with a pet mess right away, but it is important to clean up these messes quickly so that your flooring is not damaged. Urine contains minerals and chemicals that begin to break down and can leave lasting damage or odors. Start by using a thick cloth or several sheets of absorbent paper towels to blot up as much of the urine as you can. Do not rub as this will only push the urine further into the carpet or spread it around on hardwood or tile.
2. Take Care of the Smell
Pet urine is strong smelling, but this smell can be neutralized in carpets by mixing a little bit of vinegar with warm water. Spray onto the area lightly and blot dry, this should handle the smell.
If the smell lingers, deodorize the area further by mixing ¼ cup baking soda with ¾ cup warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the area, this will also help remove any staining the urine may have caused. Allow the area to dry thoroughly, then sprinkle baking soda on top of the area and leave it overnight. Vacuum up the area in the morning.
3. Take Care of the Flooring Underneath
If smells continue to linger, there may be damage to the carpet padding or to the flooring underneath. In this case, your repair may involve replacing carpeting or padding. If you do tear up the carpeting or padding, make sure the floorboard underneath is dry and free from damage. Use fans if necessary to dry the floorboards.
Selecting flooring comes with a myriad of things to consider. From style to color, to coordination with your existing décor, you have a lot to think about! If carpeting is your choice, you must also consider what damage a pet could do. No one says you should replace Mr. Kitty, but knowing how to fix the issues that pets cause on a carpeted floor will keep everyone happier in the long run.
We’ve put together a list of what we’ve come across with pet owners that seem to cause the most issues. If there are more you can add to our list, put them on our Facebook page, or add in the comments!
Hair can be a little difficult to get out of carpet, depending on the type of carpet you have. It’s a good habit to vacuum twice a week, and use a lint roller where possible. If twice a week vacuuming is more than you can do, try not to go more than a week before vacuuming, or else the hair will start to find its way deep into the fibers.
A pet soiling your carpet is sometimes unavoidable. Dogs and cats can be well house-trained and still have an accident sometimes. The best way to clean or care for your carpet without making irreparable damage is to clean the area as soon as it happens. If you have enzyme treatments (of which you can get from any pet store) you can clean up urine and stains from solids quite easily. Keep your pet away from the area until the carpet is completely dry to avoid further damage.
Pet odors tend to happen from one of two problems: accidents, or excessive hair. If you’ve been cleaning the hair consistently and staying on top of accidents, and the carpet still smell, you can use an enzyme treatment with a carpet cleaner to help draw out the smell. There are also vinegar and baking soda treatments you can try, but first run them by us to make sure neither will do damage to the fibers.
Keeping the house clean is of course important for health reasons, both physical and mental, however, we know it can be difficult with pets and or a family that’s always on the go. If you have questions or concerns about your carpeting and how to maintain it and the relationship you have with your pet, set up an appointment with our designers. We want to make sure you, and Mr. Kitty are completely satisfied!