As much as we might all love our furry friends, we don’t always love the stains and hair fall-out they leave behind for us! Dirty carpet and flooring is an obvious indicator of pets in the home but there are ways to prevent this happening.
At Frank’s, we have a wide range of pet-friendly flooring available to prevent mess and stains occuring in the home when our four-legged friends are around.
However, there are some preventative measures you can make to ensure your flooring always looks its very best.
This may seem like an obvious thing to do but it makes all the difference.
It is advised that non-pet owners vacuum their home at least once a week. However, with the addition of an animal that sheds regularly it is highly recommended that you vacuum at least 2-3 times during the week.
Vacuuming will remove approximately 80% of dirt, particles, and spills. As well as keeping on top of vacuuming your floors, be sure to vacuum and dust other areas regularly too because pet hair will transfer around the home as you live day to day.
Clean up ‘accidents’ as quickly as possible
If you’re able to catch your pet having an accident early on, it is important to clean it straight away. Although, understandably, when you are out of the house for work or other commitments, noticing this isn’t always possible.
However, if you wait too long, bacteria may start to grow in the affected area, which can cause unpleasant odours. Blot urine stains with a clean towel or rag to stop it from seeping deeper into the carpet.
Avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia
If you didn’t know, cat urine contains ammonia. Therefore using cleaning products that contain ammonia may result in your cat repeating the offence in the same place.
As well as this, ammonia and other high alkaline cleaning solutions can cause permanent damage to wool carpets and rugs.
Try bicarbonate of soda
When it comes to a urine spot that has already had time to dry, try sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda over the soiled section of the carpet. Allow it to settle for a few hours before vacuuming and this will help with removing lingering odours.
Place towels or rugs at home entrances
Most of the dirt that accumulates in a home with pets comes from outside. We recommend placing a towel or mat at each entrance of your home in an attempt to catch most of the dirt your dog or cat may bring in.
You can also wipe off your pet’s paws before they have the chance to trail dirt around the house.
Ensure your pet is groomed and washed
Not all pets share the same love for having a bath but keeping your best furry friends clean and tidy will greatly reduce the amount of dust and dirt that accumulates in your home.
As well as this, ensuring that your dog is properly groomed will limit the amount of pet hair that finds its way into your carpet and clothes.
If you have just recently bought a new pet and are looking for pet-friendly flooring, pop down to your local Frank’s and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect solution.