Here in Portland, there are many pet owners. Most of them will tell you that their pets are part of their families; as mine are. Also, I’m sure that if you were to ask most pet owners what they consider to be the worst part about pet ownership; you would likely hear that it is cleaning up their “accidents”. This post will deal directly with taking care of these accidents (without getting rid of your pet!) between your professional Portland carpet cleaning services.
Every single pet owner will deal with pet accidents at some time during the lifetime of their pets, usually this is a periodic problem. Sometimes though, there are certain pets who are “accident” prone. This could be due to a nervous or excitable breed that seems to tinkle uncontrollably due to any emotional stimulation. Also, many pets have very sensitive stomachs and it seems finding a food that agrees with them is near impossible. All of the foods or ingredients that upset our pets system can lead to frequent, runny feces (aka diarrhea). Sometimes we just don’t get them outside (or to the box, paper, mat, or cage ) in time. Our pets can get viruses just like the rest of us and they are also way more prone to eating things they shouldn’t. This can result in diarrhea or vomiting. All of these “accidents” and messes can be difficult to clean up. Here are a few tips to help when the situation arises.
First, regardless of the cause of the mess, try to remain calm. Especially for those nervous or excitable pets; you don’t want to cause further messes to clean. Second, you want to get as much of the mess up as possible. All solid matter should be removed and disposed of. Next, use paper towels or an old absorbent rag on the mess. The idea here is to blot up any liquid, not to rub it in more. Take the paper towel or rag and fold them over and place right over the liquid part of the “accident”. Apply firm, even pressure to soak up as much liquid as possible. Repeat this step until nothing is being transferred on the rag/towel. At this point, you will want to use whatever pet odor/stain remover you prefer. Spray the area until it is saturated. Don’t worry if you have no commercial cleaner on hand; white vinegar and baking soda can make very effective replacements. After saturating the area, let the solution sit for about 5 minutes. Finally, use clean paper towels or rag and repeat the same blotting process from earlier. Again blotting until your rag or towel comes away dry.
Some pet accidents involving vomit or diarrhea may leave stains. If you suspect this may happen, an effective and inexpensive tool to use is hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to test on an inconspicuous place of your carpet to make sure your carpet color won’t fade. You can use peroxide directly on the stain before you use the vinegar and baking soda or the commercial cleaner of your choice. Let the peroxide sit a few minutes then use a carpet brush to rub at the stained area. Proceed to blotting the extra moisture from the peroxide. Then continue as above.
These steps may seem tedious, but they will help preserve the life of your carpets. Not to mention, help the relationship you have with your beloved pet! Taking these steps will keep your carpets fresher and cleaner longer so you can make it to your yearly professional Portland carpet cleaning services. This will also help stretch your wallet a bit further as well. So, relax and enjoy your pets. Just be prepared for the inevitable uh-oh to happen.