Pet-Friendly Carpet Cleaning: Tips for Dealing with Odour, Hair and Accidents

The challenge with pets

Keeping your carpets in tip-top condition can be more challenging if you have pets in your home.

Their hair, dander and the occasional accidents can result in odours, stains and fur embedded in the carpet fibres (not to mention mud brought in from the garden!)

But by understanding that you will need to be more vigilant, you can keep on top of these issues and ensure your carpets remain in great condition and last as long as possible.

What is the best type of carpet for pet owners?

When choosing a carpet, it’s important to choose a type that can withstand increased footfall and that is easier to clean.

Look for carpets that are made from polypropylene and that have stain-resistant properties.

Consider carpets with a tight weave that will help prevent pet hair from embedding deeply and that will be easier to vacuum.

It may also be sensible to choose darker shades that don’t make any stains and mishaps quite so obvious.

Removing pet hair

You can’t avoid the issue of shedding entirely.

Regular vacuuming is essential in order to prevent a build-up of embedded hair in the carpet fibres.

Vacuum thoroughly in multiple directions and consider using a rubber squeegee or damp rubber gloves to release hairs from the fibres before vacuuming.

This can make a significant difference to the life of your carpets and will also help minimise odours.

Prevent stains and odours before they happen

Preventing a stain from happening in the first place is the best way to maintain clean carpets.

Establish a regular grooming routine for your pets to minimise the hair and dander in your carpets and clean their paws before they come inside after a walk or being outside. Place doormats inside and outside entrances to trap dirt and moisture before they find their way onto your clean carpets!

If you have a pet that is prone to accidents, you may want to consider using a child gate to limit access to carpeted areas until the issue is resolved.

Schedule a professional carpet clean

While the above steps will help maintain your carpets, there is simply no getting away from the fact that professional carpet cleaning is a must if you own pets.

Vacuuming simply cannot remove all of the hair, odours and soiling that pets will cause.

We have some customers who schedule a professional clean as often as every 3-6 months.

Doing so will help prolong the life of your carpets and keep your home clean, fresh and hygienic.

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