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Carpet Care for Pet Owners

7 mins | Carpets | Mar 29, 2022

At Affordable Flooring Solutions, we are experts in vinyl, laminate, LVT and carpets. We stock, supply and install high quality flooring in Tunbridge Wells for a price that doesn’t break the bank!

We are always looking for ways to help our customers love their floors and constantly finding new solutions. Today, we discuss cleaning carpets for pet owners and how to make your carpet last longer! Anyone with a pet understands that your carpet can go through some serious punishment, but follow our handy tips to make sure your carpet stays its best!

If you would like to learn more, or enquire about our flooring in Tunbridge Wells, then be sure to contact us today or explore our website.

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Care For Your Carpets

We love our pets, but naturally they have a reputation of being messy and dirty! Whilst it can be stressful, it’s important to remember that with the right cleaning methods and products, it’s easy to keep your carpets looking great.

Stay Calm!

When you find yourself faced with a mess, your first task is to keep your cool. You know your pet didn’t mean to make a mess, and getting stressed will not help! Staying cool means not panicking and trying to clean everything up at once. If you try to do too much, you’ll only end up making the situation worse.

Instead, take a deep breath and start by cleaning up the easiest areas. This will help you to regain your composure and help you find the best solution. Once you have cleared your mind and space you can begin to address the problem itself.

Act Quickly

If you spill something on your carpet, act quickly to clean it up. The longer the spill sits, the harder it will be to remove. If you have pets, be especially careful to prevent them urinate or defecate on the carpet. The enzymes in their urine and faeces can damage the fibres in your carpet over time.

Therefore, it is important to act quickly if your furry friend makes a mistake. Remove your pet from the room, preferably leaving it with a family member in an adjacent room, or in the bathroom if nobody is around and move on to the next step and begin getting to work.

Dealing with Different Stains

Liquids

When a spill or urine occurs, it is important to take action as quickly as possible. Do not try to rub the spill or urine, as this will only push them deeper into the fabric of your carpet. Instead, use a dry cloth to blot the liquid until it is absorbed. If the spill is particularly stubborn, you can use a few drops of vinegar mixed with water to help loosen it.

There are sprays available to help remove stains from liquids, but be sure to act quickly and catch the stain as soon as possible. However, it is possible to make a home made solution to deal with it. Once you have soaked up as much of the liquid as possible, use your spray to pick up any remaining stains.

Solids

Solid messes, on the other hand, should not be tended to with towels or rags, unless you want to have them smeared all over your floor. Instead, use a dustpan and brush to sweep the mess into a bag or bin. If a stain has been left behind, we recommend soaking the stain and trying to soak it up using a dry cloth. You could also try using a vacuum cleaner to end the process to pick up any remaining fibres. DO NOT use your vacuum to collect the main bulk of the mess!

Look Out for Paws

Considering their size, the paws of your pet can drag a surprising amount of dust, dirt and grime into your home. This can pose a serious problem, as all that dirt and dust can quickly build up and lead to allergies or asthma attacks. In order to keep your home clean and healthy, it’s important to regularly check your pet’s paws. If necessary, wash them thoroughly and do not allow them onto the carpet until their feet are dry. Even if the paws are wet, they can still damage your carpet so be sure to stay vigilant if you want your carpet to stay beautiful!

For advice on the best carpets for pets, be sure to contact our experts on flooring in Tunbridge Wells.

Strategic Rugs

Placing rugs around your homes, particularly at the entrances can be a great way to remove dirt. This is because rugs can catch the dirt on your pet’s paws  before entering your home, thereby preventing the dirt from being tracked in. Be sure to choose strategic places for your rugs and to vacuum them regularly to keep them clean. This gives your pet the opportunity to clean their feet before entering the home and may remove the necessity for you to wash them.

Additionally, you can place rugs on the carpet itself. You can train some animals to remain on the rug if absolutely necessary, but it acts as a great extra form of protection for your carpet. Furthermore, a rug can add a great texture to a room and help to make it more comfortable.

For the best rugs, be sure to ask our experts on flooring in Tunbridge Wells.

Regularly Vacuum Your Carpet

One of the best ways to keep your carpet clean is to vacuum it regularly. Vacuuming removes dirt, dust and other debris that can accumulate in your carpet over time. It’s important to vacuum both high-traffic areas and low-traffic areas of your home to prevent dirt and dust from building up. If you have pets, you may need to vacuum more often to remove pet hair and dander.

Furthermore, as pet hair can gather on carpets, it can make it look less appealing. If your vacuum is not effective at picking up pet fur, it could be worth purchasing a vacuum specially designed for fur. This will help keep your carpet looking beautiful for a long time.

For vacuuming advice feel free to ask our experts on flooring in Tunbridge Wells.

Carpet Shampooing

Like the rest of your house, your carpet sometimes requires a deep clean. Not only is this important for maintaining hygiene, but it can also prolong the life of your flooring.

How often you need to shampoo your carpet depends on a number of factors, including how much foot traffic there is and whether you have pets. As a general rule, high-traffic areas should be cleaned every six months to prevent dirt and grime from building up, while lower-traffic areas can be cleaned yearly. If you have pets, you may need to clean more frequently as they can track in dirt and other debris.

Shampooing your carpets is another great way to keep them clean and free of dirt. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional carpet cleaning company to do it for you. Be sure to vacuum the carpets first to remove any surface dirt and then shampoo them according to the instructions on the bottle. To find out more, contact our experts in flooring in Tunbridge Wells.

Why AFS

At Affordable Flooring Solutions, we do more than just stock, supply and install flooring in Tunbridge Wells. Our experts know the best ways to care for carpets and we hope this blog helps you keep your carpet beautiful for years to come! Explore our website to learn more about our wide range of flooring in Tunbridge Wells.

If you are searching for flooring in Tunbridge Wells, be sure to contact us today on 01892 249066 or hello@affordableflooringsolutions.co.uk

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