Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tips For Removing Pet Odor From Carpets

We love our pets. They are important members of our families and bring immense joy to our lives. But we can't deny the fact that they can be a burden to clean up after. Dogs and cats track dirt and mud throughout the home - it's inevitable. And sometimes they have accidents on the carpet. We still love them, but it is frustrating to try to remove the stains and odors from our carpet and upholstery. As pet owners, however, we are resigned to the task of making sure our home stays clean and free from offensive pet odors.

These lingering odors are caused by the bacteria that remain in your carpet long after your pet has the accident. Simple blotting and toweling of the mess will not remove the deep-down saturation. This allows the bacteria to thrive and the odor to become unbearable.

Preventing these odors can be difficult, but there are some simple steps you can follow to keep your home fresh and eliminate the smell of pet odors. First, you should vacuum your home at least 2 times a week. This not only removes pet hair and dander from your carpets, but it loosens the deep-down dirt and odor causing bacteria. Vacuuming alone may not eliminate odors, but it is the first step in loosening the particles that are embedded in the carpet fibers. You may want to purchase an odor-removing powder that you sprinkle over the carpet before vacuuming. However, this method may only mask the odor, instead of removing it completely.

Enzyme treatments can destroy the odor-causing bacteria left behind by pet urine. These cleaners can usually be found in pet stores and are relatively inexpensive. Treating your carpets with an enzyme cleaner can be difficult if the stain has been allowed to dry or the urine, vomit or feces sat for enough time to fully saturate the carpet fibers and backing.

The best thing you can do to prevent pet odors is to make sure you clean the area as soon as the accident happens. Blot (don't scrub) with paper towels, baking soda or vinegar. Use an enzyme cleaner after soaking up the excess moisture. If the urine is allowed to soak into the carpet padding or the sub-floor, you will have bigger problems on your hands. A deep soil carpet extraction will be necessary in order to reach the contaminated area.

A professional carpet cleaning company should treat odors that linger and soiling that affects the deep carpet fibers and carpet padding. They have years of experience and the right equipment that uses odor-removing technology to completely neutralize and eradicate offensive pet odors. Chemicals that modern carpet cleaners use are non-toxic and safe for children or pets to be around.

If you have pets, you will no doubt need the help of a professional carpet cleaning company at some point. A good tip is to schedule a professional carpet cleaning - either steam or shampoo - twice a year. This keeps your carpet looking fresh and helps to eradicate typical odors, and prevents the deep soiling of odor-causing bacteria.

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