Pets and Carpet: An Ongoing Battle
Pet owners around the country are engaged in a constant war with their carpet. Between fur, odors, and messes caused by energetic or clumsy critters, homeowners find themselves continually cleaning up after their pets. When vacuums are a useless weapon, and the DIY tricks barely make a dent in the pet odors, it’s time to give in and schedule a professional carpet cleaning. With so many products on the market for home carpet cleaning, homeowners may be tempted to skip a professional cleaning unless they’re moving or remodeling. However, with pets, neglecting the expert care of the carpet in the home can end with more expensive problems than a professional carpet cleaning.
Why Professional Carpet Cleaning Is a Must for Pet Owners
A clean, fresh carpet makes for a happy, healthy family, pets included. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a professional carpet cleaner.
Pet Hair. It’s Everywhere.
Many pet owners, especially cat owners, know the frustration of getting ready for work or school in the morning to realize that pet hair is all over everything. Cats and dogs shed fur everywhere, and it can find its way into nearly any crack and crevice. For people who have allergies or are sensitive to contaminants, this excess hair can be uncomfortable at best. Vacuums only go so far when removing hair from the carpet. There are a few ways to reduce the amount of pet hair that finds itself embedded in the carpet:
- Regular grooming. Pets shed their fur. To stay on top of this shedding, make sure to regularly brush the dogs or cats to ensure that loose hair is collected before it has a chance to fall off on the carpet.
- Pet beds. When dogs and cats have their beds to lay in, they may get on the furniture and in the bed less. By providing pets with beds, homeowners reduce the surface area needed to be cleaned to rid their homes of pet hair.
- Rubber brooms. Rubber brooms create a static charge when they make contact with the carpet. Pet hair is attracted to the rubber pad, and when it accumulates, the pet hair can be removed by vacuum.
While all of the above will undoubtedly help with a pet hair problem in the home, the best bet is to call a professional carpet cleaner to rid the carpet of pet hair completely.
Accidents and Pet Odors
One of the most challenging aspects of owning pets is potty-training them. When pets and their owners move into new homes, this can be a challenge all over again. And that’s even when the pet is already potty-trained! When an animal enters a new home or area for the first time, it’s unfamiliar to them. Smells and sights that prompted them to potty outside may be disrupted. Many pet owners find their pets having accidents or “marking their territory” in new homes. While there are carpet cleaners and other remedies, homeowners can purchase at their local grocery store. These products often contain harmful and harsh chemicals. These accidents leave stains and unpleasant odors. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner will ensure a stain and odor-free carpet.
Pets, especially dogs, often track things inside on the carpet with their paws. If it’s been raining outside, the home quickly becomes a mud pit after just a few hours. Tracking things inside isn’t just dirty. However, it’s unhealthy, even for pets. A clean carpet goes a long way toward preserving that beloved pet’s health. A clean home is a healthy home for that little critter. Some carpet cleaning companies will even clean the upholstery for a more thorough clean.
Is Professional Carpet Cleaning Safe for Pets?
According to the ASPCA, most carpet cleaning products are safe to use in pet households. However, they do urge homeowners to allow the carpet to dry after a professional cleaning before letting pets into the area. To be sure, make sure to tell the carpet cleaning company that the home has pets. Most professional carpet cleaners will take extra care to use pet-friendly products to ensure the pets’ health and safety. Any reputable carpet cleaning company will provide customers safety data on the products they use upon request.
Birds, however, are more sensitive to airborne chemicals and toxins than other common household pets such as dogs or cats. If there is a bird in the home, homeowners should take extra care to ensure any chemicals used in the house (in addition to carpet cleaning products) are safe for the bird. Consult a veterinarian if there are any concerns, as sensitivity to chemicals varies among each pet.
How Can Magic Touch Carpet Cleaning Help?
Magic Touch Carpet Cleaning is a locally-owned and operated professional carpet cleaning company based in Chandler, Arizona. The professionals at Magic Touch provide Phoenix-area residents and business owners with full-service carpet and tile cleaning services. In addition to one-time cleanings, Magic Touch can set up regular cleanings so that the home gets routine cleaning to keep it clean and healthy for humans and pets alike.
Whether homeowners need rugs, upholstery, carpet, or tile cleaning, Magic Touch Carpet Cleaning can handle it all. The first step to the process is a phone call. The professionals at Magic Touch strive to provide comprehensive customer service, starting with that first phone call. The team is ready and waiting for the call! Get that home ready for holiday visitors and set up the pets for a fresh, healthy winter today.