Our pets are like another member of our family but they can be tough to love when they leave messes on our plush carpet.
You don’t have to choose one or the other; you can have a pet at home and keep your carpet in great condition, too.
Here’s our five tips.
01 Pick the Best Carpet
If you’re picking new or replacing your carpet, here’s what to look for:
Cut pile. Your puppy’s paws will get stuck in loop pile, which can damage your carpet greatly.
Colour close to your pet’s hair. It will make it less noticeable when they shed. Slightly patterned is also a great choice.
Synthetic fibre. Its stain resistant superpowers will certainly come in handy.
You should be vacuuming once a week to get rid of pet hair and dander. You should also be vacuuming your upholstery.
We recommend using a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter vacuum, especially if you’ve got someone with allergies or asthma at home.
It’s a great idea to get a professional clean annually if you’ve got pets. A professional technician will have the right equipment and expertise to effectively remove pet dander and dust mites.
02 Guard Your Carpet
People underestimate the power of a high-quality carpet guard spray. Make sure you buy a top brand, which won’t affect the look or feel of your carpet. Guard sprays will repel spills and prevent dirt from sticking to your carpet.
03 Swiftly Treat Urine Stains
You need to act quickly when an accident occurs. This is because urine breaks down surface tension in the carpet, soaking into affected fibres and to the subfloor. Here’s how you can try to treat the stain.
Urine often means something else – a terrible stench. Urine smells so horrible because of its uric salts, which can only be treated with an enzymatic cleaner. There are a few decent brands you can find at your local grocery store, such as Urine Free or Nature’s Miracle.
04 Grooming is Key
It’s important to ensure that your dog’s nails are trimmed to keep them from pulling up the carpet. Try to wipe their paws down with a microfiber hand mitt when you can. If you have a long haired animal, keep them groomed and brush your dog regularly. If shedding occurs often, it may be worthwhile putting a cover on your pet, especially if they’ve just had a bath or a brush.
05 Think about Investing in Rugs
We recommend placing a rug or two in high traffic areas to protect your carpet. You’ll find that a rug will be easier to clean and are cheaper to replace if you ever need to!
Have an inside pet? Place their toys and bedding in their areas of the home, far from your carpeted areas.
It will also help to place a doormat made of straw or another abrasive material at the door to loosen up some of the dirt your pet may being inside.
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