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Have Pets? Here’s How to Properly Clean Your Carpets

Your furry friend is a special member of your family. But while your pet makes themself at home on your carpet, so will their stains. Here are some tricks that flooring companies recommend for maintaining a spotless carpet, even when you have pets. 

How to Clean Up After Pets

Vacuum Regularly

Owning a pet can feel like an endless cycle of vacuuming. However, vacuuming your carpets at least twice a week will remove pet hair, dirt, and dander before they set into the carpet. Pay attention to the area rugs around the house as well, as dirt could be lingering there as well. Upright vacuums are typically more effective at loosening and pulling up dirt, but a handheld vacuum can help you get hard-to-reach areas like carpeted stairs. 

Remember the Furniture

The pet hair and dirt that’s in your carpets are also on your furniture, even if you keep your dog off the couch. This hair and dirt can then make their way onto clothes, blankets, and carpets. Try to make vacuuming the furniture a part of your weekly cleaning routine, ensuring that your entire living area is free of dirt and dander. 

Wipe Your Pet’s Paws

Dogs and indoor-outdoor cats carry dirt on their paws, even if they don’t look visibly muddy. Save yourself from future cleaning by wiping your pet’s paws when they come in the house. Covering your dog’s paws with pet booties can be wise when the ground is extra wet and muddy. 

Spot Clean After Accidents

Accidents happen, and reacting quickly can make sure an accident doesn’t turn into a carpet stain. If you turn around during the workday to see an accident on your home office carpet, be sure to grab the pet stain remover as soon as possible. Spot clean the area according to the instructions to remove stains and odor. 

Schedule Deep Cleaning

Vacuuming and spot cleaning should be part of your regular carpet-cleaning routine. However, scheduling a deep clean every six months or so can give your carpet a fresh start. Either rent a carpet cleaner or hire a professional to get the job done. These heavy-duty carpet cleaners will extract dirt and cleanse the fibers for a visible clean. 

Switch Your Flooring Materials

Maintaining a clean carpet when you have pets can be challenging, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. Fortunately, you have options. Investing in hardwood flooring installation or switching to a lower-maintenance material like vinyl tile can be a great option if you have pets. When muddy paws come barreling in from outside, you can simply wipe up the mess and go on with your day. 

Whether you want to upgrade your carpet or switch to a new flooring material for your pets, the team at Ozburn Hessey Company has your flooring needs covered. Our flooring professionals offer residential and commercial carpet installation and top quality products from trusted brands. Based in Nashville, TN, our team has decades of experience providing reliable flooring products, installation, and services. Contact us today to get started.

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