Carpet Cleaning For Pet Owners : 4 Tips and Reminders

Carpet Cleaning For Pet Owners : 4 Tips and Reminders

Carpet Cleaning For Pet Owners

Tips and Reminders

Every seasoned pet owner knows that adopting little (and sometimes big) critters into your home and family means there will be occasional accidents to clean up. And, unfortunately, especially with cats and dogs, one accident tends to breed more unless the carpet is cleaned adequately. Here are some carpet cleaning for pet owners techniques that REALLY work.

Carpet Cleaning For Pet Owners : 4 Tips and Reminders
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1.  Get on it early! The faster you can treat the puddle areas, the better, especially when dealing with carpet. As liquid seeps into carpet and hits the hard floor, the liquid spreads. This means that if the size of the spot on the surface of the carpet is about the circumference of an orange, it could be twice that size underneath. Use a rag or towel and be sure to stand on it, kneading the ground with your feet, for at least five minutes.

(*Hint: Experts recommend putting the saturated rag where the animal is supposed to relieve themselves, as a reminder. Remove after a couple hours.)

2.  Wash the area. Soaking the carpet area in clean, cool water and a gentle carpet soap is every bit as important as thoroughly drying the area. The density of certain carpet types can take a very long time to dry and it can create a permanently unpleasant odor. Be sure to clean around the area to cleanse underneath the surface. Remember, the urine will spread, hidden to the naked eye.

(*Hint: You may want to consider investing in a wet vac that can suck up the moisture out of the carpet.)

3.  Use an odor neutralizer ASAP. Odor neutralizers are a tough one in the carpet cleaning process. There are many options to choose from, but you must make sure anything you use is safe for your pet. Natural solutions, such as vinegar or baking soda mixed with concentrated essential oils tend to be some of the most used and effective techniques. Lavender, frankincense and spearmint are all great essential oils to consider.

(*Hint: Be sure to check with your vet to confirm that you are only using oils that are safe for your pet to sniff and have on their skin. Always dilute essential oils before using them.)

4.  Talk to a professional. It is a good idea to get your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year. Cleaning companies use commercial equipment that deep cleans your carpet and draws out stains and odors.

(*Hint: Sometimes a professional carpet cleaning can draw impurities to the surface of your carpet and bring back urine odor. Consider having your pet stay off the carpet until it’s completely dry, or talk to your professional carpet cleaner about using a pet safe carpet deodorant after cleaning.)

Carpet Cleaning For Pet Owners : 4 Tips and Remindes

We all love our furry family members, but their messes can be difficult to clean up after. Remember, the key to carpet cleaning after accidents is getting on it fast, washing and drying the area thoroughly, using a safe odor neutralizer and having your carpets professionally cleaned once a year!

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41 thoughts on “Carpet Cleaning For Pet Owners : 4 Tips and Reminders

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this idea. I always try to clean it up as soon as it happens. Regularly getting my carpet cleaned professionally is a good idea, too.

  2. I really like your tip about talking with a professional when it comes to getting your carpets cleaned. My husband and I recently got a new puppy and she has made a few accidents on the carpet. We have done our best to clean it with some cleaner but I would love to have them cleaned professionally. She is all potty trained now so we hopefully don’t have to worry about any more accidents.

  3. You’re right about the importance of getting a professional cleaning once per year. The treatments are deep in nature, which draws out stains and odors just as you described.

  4. The “get to the carpet fast after an incident” tip is a tried and true method for reducing long-term stains. Your additional tips regarding cleaning the carpet once per year and using an odor neutralizer are useful, too.

  5. I will be pet sitting quite a few of my sister’s dogs for a month and so I really worry about how that will take a toll on my carpet. Thanks for these tips and reminders about carpet cleaning for pet owners. It’s good to know that stains should be taken care of immediately and treated with an odor neutralizer.

  6. My sister just got a new puppy and it has made a mess of her home. I like your tip to clean up any messes immediately to avoid further problems. I also like how you suggest getting the carpets professionally cleaned. I think it would be smart to do that more than once a year until until the puppy is better trained isn’t having as many accidents in the home. Thanks for these tips! I’ll make sure to share them with my sister.

    • Congratulations to your sister on getting a new puppy. It’s true, they sure can be hard on floors, especially carpets. I’d wait to get my carpet cleaned until puppy is fully trained. Thank you for stopping by.

  7. Remove shoes. This is a sure method to make carpet last longer. If you have a nice home with nice carpet, people generally aren’t offended by this rule.

  8. You can certainly clean your carpets without using dangerous chemicals. There are a ton of different ways to get them clean and you should only ones that you are comfortable with. Make sure you look into them and such to make sure they are really safe for you.

  9. I just had my hardwood floors replaced with carpet and now my cat is trying to mark it as his territory. I have tried scrubbing it with soap and warm water, but I have yet to use an odor neutralizer and I probably should. I really like the neutral solution that you mention here that uses baking soda mixed with essential oils, because I feel like that would help me a lot in my situation. However, is there an essential oil or some type of solution that could also deter my cat from wanting to pee on the carpet?

  10. My husband and I want to adopt a puppy soon, but I don’t want him to ruin our carpet. We plan to have it professionally cleaned after were done training, but I would still like to do my best to keep it nice during training. Great tip about investing in a wet vac, I didn’t know things like that even exist. I will be sure to start looking for one before we get the puppy.

  11. I like that you mention getting the stain early because it really does make a difference. I think you should also get your carpet cleaned more often if you have pets just to get rid of the smell and stains. Some of the stains are going to be deep so it would be smart to get it cleaned out over time.

  12. My wife and I are new dog owners and we love our little guy more than anything. Despite how much we love him though, he is still learning how to go potty in the right place and has left us some nice surprises on our new carpet. Since we are new to this, we are trying to get a feel for some things that we can do to keep our carpets clean. This helped a ton, and I’m going to get some odor neutralizers and talk to a professional carpet cleaning company about some things that they can do to come in and clean our carpets properly.

  13. I agree that a wet vac is a good investment. Carpets are always subject to spills, especially if you eat over it. The problem is that when you grab a rag, you end up wiping the spill deeper into the carpet. Wet vacs, on the other hand, end up sucking much of it out of the carpet.

  14. carpet cleaning for pet owners is something to pay attention to! I just got a puppy and it is really hard training him to use the bathroom outside. I will have to use these cleaning techniques so that I don’t have nasty stains on the carpet from the dog. Nobody likes to see those stains or smell it either.

  15. I can attest to the truthfulness of needing to use an odor neutralizer quickly! We didn’t do that one time and it was a lesson we learned the hard way. I think it was about four months before the smell was gone completely.

  16. I agree that it’s a good idea to get your carpets cleaned by a professional at least once a year. As you say, they have commercial equipment that deep cleans the carpet and gets the stains and odors out. Thus, using home remedies periodically throughout the year will help to maintain the work that the professionals do, but bringing them in will help make sure that the deep stains and dirt get removed– making your home cleaner and healthier. Thanks for sharing!

  17. That was a wonderful blog from you Jeanne Melanson gives out some valid tips to clean the carpets, In fact I like your style of writing hoping to find some more blogs from you. Thanks in advance.

  18. That’s true that accidents happen when you adopt new pets. They don’t always have the best training when you first take them in. At least I always try to clean it up as soon as it happens. Regularly getting my carpet cleaned professionally is a good idea, too. They can clean it deeper than I can.

  19. I really like the idea of using water, lemon and vinegar when it comes to dog pee. That seems like a great idea. Another one that I have is getting a professional carpet cleaner, one that uses a lot of water and fluids to lift up the smells and bacteria.

  20. I definitely agree with the tip to use an odor neutralizer right away. I lived with some people for a short time who just “wiped up” any messes their dog made. Thankfully, I lived in a separate part of the house where the dog wasn’t allowed to go because over the few months I lived there, the odor was awful!

  21. I like the advice of putting the wet rag where my dog is supposed to relieve himself. I’m a new dog owner. Potty training my dog is a pretty difficult task for me. Hopefully, this tip will help.

  22. Excellent post, Jeanne! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about how to best clean my carpets while having pets on it. I think you’re absolutely right: it’s important that you maintain it early. I’ll be sure to follow your suggestion by washing the area frequently. Thanks for sharing these great tips with us; they’ve been very helpful!

  23. I loved your advice to talk to a professional. All too often, we think that we know everything about a particular subject because we read a blog or two. However, there are people out there that have studied certain subjects and their opinion should be respected. It is very important to remember that whenever you are trying to do something, especially like keeping a carpet clean while having pets.

    • Husbands are kind of pesky pets sometimes, don’t you agree, Francene? Mine is, anyway, but don’t tell him I said that. Yes, vinegar, the wonder of wonders. My mother used to clean windows with vinegar and newspaper. It worked too. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    • I’m sure you do get some “P” problems from time to time with all those critters. How fun! Owning pets is not for the weak. 😉 Water and vinegar followed by a lemon scent sounds like it would work. Thanks for the tip. Cheers

    • Using your spray bottle vinegar solution is an excellent way to neutralize urine deposits without leaving behind dirt attracting residue. I would just use caution with the clorox wipes. While it will leave behind a nice scent, it may cause permanent discolorations on certain fiber types.

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