Having to deal with stains and odors could affect the joy of pet companionship. The following tips can help you keep your house free from pet stains and odors.
Keep the Playground Clean
Vacuuming regularly prevents many odors from collecting in your house and also picks up pet hair. Be sure to get into all the sneaky areas your pet likes to go. Even if they’re not allowed on the couch, you may still find some dog hair in the upholstery. Remember that dogs that don’t shed still have dander, so vacuuming is a no-skip step.
Keep the Player Clean
Regular bathing of your pet is important to keep them healthy and your home odor-free. If your pet lives in a dirty environment, it will be harder to locate stains they leave behind. Create a space you all want to keep clean.
When the Game Goes Foul
Despite your best efforts, your pet inevitably will cause some stains. Don’t panic — it doesn’t have to be the end of your expensive décor.
Wet Stains: Carpets
- Soak up the stain with paper towels and newspaper, standing on top of both to absorb the stain and repeating as needed.
- Rinse the stained area with water.
Tip: To retrain your pet, move the stained paper towels to the area where they should use the bathroom.
Set Stains: Carpets
- Use carpet stain remover to remove lingering stains.
- Use an enzymatic neutralizer to remove odors, such as baking soda, citrus and hydrogen peroxide, or use a store-bought neutralizer. Try to avoid spraying stains with strong scents, however, which will only entice your pet back to that area
- Avoid using anything hot on the area, like a steam cleaner, which set stains further.
Change the Rules of the Game
Once your pet has an accident, retraining them is essential to prevent future stains. The best way to do this is to make the stained area unattractive and the area you want them to use attractive. As long as they don’t have any medical causes for their accident, identify what caused the accident and address it with that knowledge in mind. Dogs usually urinate outside of their usual areas because of excitement or fear or because they are marking their territory. Training usually will take a week or more, so be patient with your pooch.
When a new pet moves in with you, they are often thrown into a situation in which they don’t know the rules — or maybe your old dog has forgotten them. Understanding your dog’s actions will help you both get along and keep your white carpet white. For more tips, contact us today.
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