Pets are serious business in the U.S. with 85 million households spending over $75 billion accumulatively in 2019 alone to pamper their favorite fur babies. And the total annual expenditure is expected to reach $96 billion in 2020. Pets become beloved family members in the blink of an eye, but that doesn’t mean their care is a breeze. In fact, with cats and dogs leading the pack for pet popularity across the nation, American homes need more attention and care than ever. Fortunately, there are some effective carpet cleaning tips for pet owners and your pro carpet cleaner in Macomb Michigan can help.
Clean Up Wet Messes Immediately
Nervous reactions, sudden household changes, behavioral issues, and simply being kept inside too long can be common reasons for smelly messes. Many pet owners do the opposite of what they should do once they discover the issues. Instead of over-reacting and scrubbing the stain deeper into the carpet, blot the wetness with paper towels to remove the majority. Don’t press or stomp the mess into the carpet. Instead, suck the rest up with a handheld extractor. They’re relatively inexpensive and should be a staple in every pet household.
Use a Putty Knife for Solid Messes
Picking up solid messes with a rag or paper towels is a common mistake for pet owners. Those solids can easily ground into the carpet fibers, leaving behind a smelly reminder for your pet’s next deposit. When solid messes occur, pull out the putty knife instead. Press the edge of the putty knife beneath the mess and scoop it into a dustpan to get more of it out of the carpet and into the trash where it belongs.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
Compared to the 5 million olfactory receptors (smelling capability) of the average human, cats have up to 80 million and dogs have up to 300 million. So once a mess is ignored, chances are it’ll become a habitual squat spot. There are countless pet cleaning “miracle cleaners” on the market, but many are actually harmful to your pet. And while homemade solutions may seem like a dream, concoctions made from baking soda and vinegar do little more than mask pet odors. Use a bio-enzymatic cleaner to neutralize urine stains and an oxygenated bio-enzymatic cleaner for solid messes. These can be found at pet stores. They do take longer to work, so they’ll need to sit for around 45 minutes, but they’ll help avoid repeat performances.
Vacuum More Often
Vacuuming is never enough on its own to keep your carpets thoroughly clean, but doing the task correctly can reduce dander, odors, and surface debris. If you’re living alone in an inactive household, vacuuming once a week should suffice. But if you have even one pet that roams, increase your vacuuming to two or three times a week.
Schedule a Professional Carpet Cleaning Appointment
You can clean up all the messes you find correctly and still wind up with hidden stains and a smelly home. Pet odors are strong, and they’re easily missed. Scheduling professional carpet cleaning once or twice a year is an easy and effective way to get the toughest stains thoroughly cleaned and even remove those you’ve given up on long ago. Give us a call today to get your carpet and sanity restored to their former glory.