At R&S, we know how special pets are to a family. We share our homes with them and want to take them on all of our family adventures. Sometimes this means taking them out for a hike and accidentally tracking mud inside, sometimes it’s potty accidents while away from home. No matter what our pets do, we still love them, but it is vital to learn how to properly cleanup all kinds of pet messes.
All kinds of pets can cause different types of messes. Dogs and cats are possibly the worst offenders; many of them shed and track messes from outside to inside of the home. Although, potty accidents are arguably the worst to clean, many of these messes are rather easy to clean-up when they are tended to quickly.
Follow R&S’s top Do’s & Don’ts to keep your home clean and pet stain-free!
Don’t get frustrated when a simple run of your vacuum isn’t picking up all the pet hair you see on your carpet. To get stubborn pet hair that is stuck, use a window squeegee attached to a mop handle to rake up the hair. Once you have picked up all the hair, you can easily collect the hair or vacuum it up.
There are a few methods to remove hair from upholstery. Try:
- Using a lint roller or tape regularly, this will help prevent the buildup of pet hair.
- Use a damp washcloth to wipe away hair or an old toothbrush to reach difficult spots on your furniture
Sometimes our beloved family pets come with unwanted pests. It is a part of having pets, and no matter how many preventative measures you may take, you might find fleas on your pup and in your home. Tackling this issue isn’t super tricky if you follow these steps:
- Vacuum your carpet and upholstery. Be sure to remove and dispose of the dust and dirt outside of the home.
- Call in the R&S experts to steam clean your carpets and upholstery, to ensure they are pest-free.
- Bonus step, buy a fogger to spray on all surfaces in your home to guarantee that you have eliminated the fleas.
Don’t forget to wash your pets’ bed and toys, so the entire house gets a fresh start.
Muddy Paw Tracks
If your pet enjoys playtime outside, don’t worry about the muddy mess they might track in. Try to keep your pet in a dedicated area that is easy to clean. But, if they manage to wander into the house before they are mud-free, you can take these cleanup steps.
- Let the area dry. Then vacuum up as much as possible.
- Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of cold water (use warm water for carpet) and using a clean white cloth blot the stain with the solution. Keep doing this, replacing the cloth when necessary, until the stain is gone.
When we bring home a new puppy or kitten, the whole family is excited and in love with the new family member. This doesn’t come without its challenges, though. Potty training animals can be a challenge, and it can take its toll on a home. When your pet piddles on your carpet, try to act fast to clean it.
- Removing as much of the urination as you can with paper towels.
- Rinse the spot with cold water and blot again.
- Once you have soaked up as much of the stain as possible, you can remove the odor with a store-bought enzyme cleaner, covering the area with a thin layer of baking soda, or using a homemade spraying a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.
- Let the treated spot sit overnight and then vacuum up the sediment until the area is clean.
R&S Tip: Never rub the carpet, as this will push the urine farther into the fibers.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the cleanup duties of being a pet parent, and just enjoy your four-legged friend. Quick cleanup can be relatively manageable, but as always, when you need help getting your home sparkly clean, give the R&S experts a call.