Most people who own pets, consider them a part of their family and let them live indoors. Although your pets are probably well-trained and know how to behave when inside, occasional accidents may happen. Trained pets will still leave their hair, shed skin, and sometimes even fleas or urine stains all over your carpet and furniture. This can be a tough problem, especially if you gave a significant sum of money on your carpets.
If you have pets, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give up on carpets. Your furry little friends enjoy the softness of the carpets as much as you do. Here are some tips to keep your carpets clean, long-lasting and your pets happy!
How to Choose a Pet-friendly Carpet
If you want to buy a new carpet and you already have pets (or plan to have them), make sure that you find a pet-friendly one. That’s a carpet that’s stain-resistant, durable, and easy to clean and vacuum. Make sure that you choose those that are designed to prevent stains from soaking through the carpet fibers.
If possible, opt for wall-to-wall carpeting (it’s best for people who suffer from allergies). Although wool is the softest and best natural carpet material there is, it’s not as stain resistant as some synthetic materials. Nylon carpets are much cheaper, more durable and easier to clean, so they’re more popular with buyers.
A thorough Carpet Cleaning
Having pets in your home will certainly increase the number of dust mites that feed on shed pet and human skin. Also, if you have dogs, you’ll definitely stumble upon a flea or two (despite your pet’s impeccable hygiene). However, even if your pets don’t leave paw prints, fleas and urine (poop) stains, you’ll need to vacuum and clean your carpet on a regular basis.
Vacuuming once per week is enough if you don’t have pets, but if you do – even the daily vacuuming isn’t too much. Make sure that you disinfect your carpets with steam at least once in six months (instead of recommended once per year). To make sure that the job is properly done and that your carpets are mite and bug free, call certified cleaning service.
Preventing Dirt from Reaching your Carpets
If you let your pets outside, they’ll surely bring all sorts of dirt into your home. However, you can reduce that amount by few good strategies. First, put a towel (or any similar cloth) near the doorstep, so your dogs can clean their paws before they enter the living room and stain the carpet with mud and dirt.
Also, you can install tile flooring near the doorways in your home, to serve as a barrier for shaking off all dirt from the outside. At first, clean your pets’ paws yourself and after that, make sure that you train your pet to learn what “cleaning station” is. You can reward them with a tasty treat later, when they remember to wipe their paws after entering home!