Keeping your carpets clean when you own pets is difficult. Make it easier by avoiding these three common mistakes.
As every pet owner know, animals can get pretty messy, from bringing in dirt from their latest outdoor adventure to using the carpets as their own personal lavatory. When these accidents happen, it’s important to clean the resulting mess properly and avoid the mistakes many pet owners make when carpet cleaning. Here are a few of those mistakes, how to avoid them, and how proper carpet maintenance can help you save money in the long run.
Mistake #1: Scrubbing it in
When stains happen in the carpet, the first response is often to get on our hands and knees and start putting as much pressure on the stain as possible, giving it as much elbow grease as we can manage. The problem with carpet stains, especially some of the more fluid-based surprises left by our furry friends, is this only makes the problem worse. Scrubbing pushes the stain deeper in the carpet.
Solution: Dab it out
When cleaning carpets, pressure is fine. It’s the rubbing back and forth that causes the issue. The trick is to work smart, not hard, and that starts with dabbing the stain with a mixture of soap and water. Push down on the stain to draw it into the cloth or paper towel, this will help keep your carpet from hiding the stain further down.
Mistake #2: Letting it set
One of the worst stain-related moments in the world is when you move furniture and discover a stain that has all but destroyed your carpets. Pets, especially cats, can seem to get everywhere. When that happens, stains can hide in places you not know about until you move the furniture. While you can always replace carpet, the much more affordable option is to look for stains and deal with them as soon as you possibly can.
Solution: Preventative maintenance
The best way to avoid surprise carpet stains by your pets is to keep them off the carpet. Keeping your animals in spaces that are free of carpets when you aren’t home virtually eliminates pet-related carpet stains. If you can, make a designated area for your pet that has zero carpet for when you are away and, in some cases, when you sleep. Keep the pet there and worry less about surprises.
Mistake #3: Going steam-free
Many people avoid steam-cleaning their carpets, opting instead to use spray carpet cleaners on stains and vacuuming up everything else. While this sort of regular maintenance is essential, semi-annual steam cleaning is the best way to ensure your carpets stay their best, and this goes especially for pet owners.
A semi-annual steam-cleaning does your home a world of good whether you own pets or not. It helps keep your carpets looking and smelling their best, all while eliminating the allergens and bacteria hiding deep inside the fibres.