Keeping your floors, carpets and upholstery clean when you have pets can be quite a task. The muddy paws, shedding fur and kibbles can really mess up a clean house. Worse yet is when your pet thinks the carpet is “a bank and makes a deposit.” Although they are fun to pet and play with – and laugh at when you say “sit” and they roll over, being puppy parents can be quite the challenge.
Pets don’t really live in your house – they live on your floor and the couch and recliner. And even though you don’t tell your friends, occasionally they find a place at the foot of the bed at night.
Carpets are the comfortable flooring option – warm and soft. Tile, wood and vinyl are the hard and sturdy options. All flooring should be maintained with regular cleaning, and carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week and professionally cleaned at least once a year. Vinyl and tile can also be vacuumed, mopped with a neutral solution – even just warm water will do – or cleaned with a microfiber mop. Avoid “mop and glow” type products as they build up and tend to attract dirt and grime. Hardwood is best cleaned using a dry microfiber mop with very little or no liquid cleaner. Hard surfaces should also be professionally cleaned annually.
All of the above will help you maintain your floors regularly. However, when you add pets to the mix, the formula for cleaning changes. Hair, dander, skin oil, muddy paws, and yes, St. Bernard spittle make cleaning a little more of a challenge.
Here are a few tips to keep your pet home clean and healthy – starting with your pet.
Keep Your Furry Companion Clean
Keeping your pets clean prevents “transfer” of those things on your pet to your carpet, floors and upholstery. Whether you are a kitchen sink or driveway animal bath “do it yourselfer” or you have a groomer, keeping Fido and Meowser clean will keep the whole house cleaner. Grooming on a regular basis and especially during your pets natural shedding season will also minimize hairball tumbleweeds blowing across the floor.
Wipe their Paws Off
Just like taking off your shoes at the door, wiping your pet’s feet off whenever they come inside will keep grass, dirt and debris outside where it belongs.
Keep a dry towel or wash cloth near the door as a reminder to clean paws or low hanging Dachshund bellies. A spray bottle of fresh water helps for tougher cleaning. Most pets don’t like to be sprayed directly, so moisten the towel before wiping their paws. Check their coat for hitchhiking grass. Once they get used to the routine, they might even wait for you to clean their paws before coming in the house.
Clean and deodorize with natural and neutral cleaners
You know we are always going to recommend the safest and natural cleaners. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and baking soda is great on odors. There are many recipes for cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting naturally on the web. Beeswax and soy candles or essential oils may also help you breathe easy.
Place an Area Rug at each entry and at room thresholds
While area rugs can add flair to your room, they also act as a dirt catcher. Area rugs at the entry, high-traffic areas and where your pet tends to lie down will catch dirt before it becomes a problem. Buy material that is soil resistant.
When Your Pet is Banking on Your Floor or Upholstery
Even the most well-trained pet may have an accident. Small wet soiling is easily cleaned by dabbing the spot with a dry paper towel or cloth. In carpet, work from the outside edge in and don’t press too hard. Avoid scrubbing to minimize spreading the soling. A mixture of 50/50 water and vinegar does a great job of disinfecting and eliminating odors. Hard surfaces can be also cleaned with water or a mixture of water and vinegar. Upholstery is the same process as carpet. It’s always best to color test before cleaning a larger area. Once[SS1]solid soling is picked up floors and carpets can be cleaned the same way.
When it is time to call the CitruSolution Floor and Upholstery Professionals
If Fido or Meowser refuse to ask out, get sick or just misbehave and things get bad, it’s time to call the pros. We own pets ourselves and would rather spend a little on clean up then keep our pets outside or caged.
CitruSolution uses a systematic cleaning approach based on diagnosing the severity of the problem and we can use multiple methods to get your home clean and healthy. We always use the most botanically based approaches – CitruSolution, vinegar and even hot water extraction to address issues. We also have botanically based disinfectants and deodorizers if the situation calls for them to be used. Our technicians use tricks like black lights to locate problem areas to be cleaned and are trained to use the best approach to address the issue.
Give us a call and we will be happy to discuss the issue and come by to help you keep your home clean and healthy. We will also leave you a 32oz bottle of CitruSpotter as part of our service. We will mix in the deodorizer and disinfectant if necessary and show you exactly how to clean up pet soling on your floors, carpets and upholstery. Don’t fret keep your pet – we’ll help you keep your home clean and healthy.