Carpet Pet Treatment Tips

A pet treatment may involve treating the pet, but also treating his environment, especially if he is affected by allergies, infections or parasites. Treating the carpets should focus on a number of aspects such as removing the parasites, dander or infectious agents, removing stains and removing the odors.

Remove Dander and Infectious Agents

Pets may carry a number of infectious agents that may be a threat for other pets in the house or may also be zoonotic (i.e. the ringworm fungal infection), which means that these can be transmitted to humans as well. Consequently, the most important thing to consider when cleaning your carpets is to remove these infectious agents.

Vinegar and bleach are 2 products that destroy all known infectious agents and also eggs of possible external parasites. Dilute the vinegar or the bleach, to prevent the discoloration of the carpets.

Dander and parasite eggs can be removed by vacuuming the carpets and making sure to dispose of the vacuum bags properly.

Remove Stains

Stains on carpets may also be an issue when you have pets. To make your job easier, you should always clean the carpets and affected areas immediately after the pet has urinated on the carpet.

The carpets should be deep cleaned. Use a water extraction cleaning device, carpet shampoos and cool water (or as indicated on the cleaning device).

You can also take the carpets to the dry cleaners.

Remove Odors

The odors may be difficult to remove, especially when you are dealing with urine smell.

You should get a pet odor neutralizing spay or powders that contain certain enzymes that neutralize pet smells. You can find these products in any pet store.

These products will contain enzymes and bacteria that will eliminate the proteins and bacteria causing the bad odors. Leave the powder for up to 8 hours, so that the active ingredients will have time to eat the odor causing proteins and bacteria. Vacuum thoroughly afterwards.

Borax powder and baking soda may also be used instead of these enzyme powders; however, these are not 100% effective and the odor may not be completely eliminated.

This treatment should be applied as soon as you can, as if you leave the carpets with the odor for a longer period of time, these will be difficult to eliminate.

Meanwhile, you should try to find means to train your pet not to eliminate indoors or designate a litter box that your cat can use.

Be Cautious

Certain chemicals that you use to clean and deodorize your carpets may be harmful for your pet, so it’s best if you pay attention and keep your pet away from the carpets at least 4 hours after using these products. Most products will evaporate within a few hours after being used, so they will no longer be a threat to the pet’s health.

Also, these chemicals may be dangerous for your children, especially smaller ones, so keep them away from the freshly cleaned carpets as well.