From pet odours, stains, pet dander and shedding to wet and muddy paws, pets can make keeping carpets clean in your home challenging. As much as we love our pets and treat them like our children, they can quickly ruin our carpeting if we do not use the right preventative steps. To help keep your carpets clean and your pets happy, our Toronto carpet cleaning and repair company offers the following tips:
- Use carpet runners and area rugs. Carpet runners are great for hallways where you pets like to play and run around. Area rugs are perfect of areas where you pet likes to sit and rest, like in the living room while you watch TV.
- Place pet pads under carpet runners and area rugs. If you pet has accidents from time to time, you can stop the wetness from soaking into the carpeting and creating a stain with pet pads. You want to place the pet pad under the main area of the runner or rug, but not along the edges. There has to be an inch or so of actual runner or rug touching the carpeting to prevent it from sliding.
- Vacuum carpets two to three times a week. With pets in the home, weekly vacuuming is not enough to keep shedding and pet dander under control. Plus, if your pet accidently brings in fleas, it will be easier to get them under control and out of your home with frequent vacuuming.
- Use two door mats at areas where you pets goes in and out of the home. Most people have door mats outside their doors already. You will want to get additional ones and place these inside. This way there are two areas where dust and dirt can be removed when you pet comes back inside.
- Wipe your pet’s paws off when they come back inside. You can prevent water, dirt, and mud from getting tracked into the home and carpeting by cleaning your pet’s paws whenever they enter the home. You should keep a supply of pet-friendly wipes and towels near your doors for easier access.
- Clean up accidents right away. If you pet has an accident on the carpeting, you do not want to let it sit for long. Do not scrub the carpeting as this will only spread scent of the accident around. Instead, slowly blot the carpeting to as much moisture as possible. Then spray the area with a pet deodourizer carpet-safe product.
- Have your carpets, carpet runners, and area rugs professionally cleaned twice a year. Maintaining the appearance of your carpeting, runners, and rugs while preventing unwanted pet odours from becoming trapped in the carpet fibres requires at least two cleanings each year.
For more pet-friendly carpet cleaning tips or to have your carpets professionally cleaned or repaired, please feel free to call Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today!
One of the most dreadful experiences that could occur in your home is water damage to your carpeting. You could home to discover a water pipe broke and see water running down the walls and soaking into the carpeting. Your kids may have flushed toys down the toilet and clogged it so now it is overflowing out of the bathroom and into the hallway.
No matter the cause, it is important to address the problem with the water right away. You want to make sure to call an experienced Toronto carpeting water damage and restoration professional, like here at Dr. Carpet.
Most people believe that vacuuming a carpet is a relatively straight-forward task. Vacuuming your carpet is also a great way to remove dust and dirt, and keep it looking clean. What most people do not know is that there actually is a right way to vacuum your carpet. Here are a few tips to help keep your carpet looking its best.
Choose the right vacuum
Not all vacuums are created equal and they do not all treat carpets equally. With so many vacuums on the market today, how do you know that you are getting the right one for your carpet?
- Check with your manufacturer or carpet installation company. Either source should be able to recommend at least a vacuum type the best fits the need of your carpet your carpet.
- The Carpet and Rug Institute has created a rating system that rate vacuums on three factors: dust removal, carpet appearance retention, and soil removal. Look for the Carpet and Rug Institute seal of approval label when choosing your vacuum.
Use the right features
Therotating brush in your vacuum’s head --the beater bar -- is designed to agitate the carpet fibers in order to loosen up dust and dirt, but that agitation can hurt certain types of carpet like Berber or frieze styles. If you have this type of carpet in your home just use your vacuum’s suction with the beater brush turned off.
Most vacuums come with upholstery attachments. Using the crevice attachment to vacuum the edges of your carpet, along the walls and in corners, will keep your carpet fresh and help prevent filtration soiling.
Use the right technique
In order to properly vacuum a space, you cannot rush. Push the vacuum slowly in one direction, away from you, and pull it back slowly toward you. Move on to the next section of carpet, slightly overlapping the last area you just vacuumed. Here are some other quick tips:
- Start along the edges of the room. Using your crevice attachment, get the edges of the carpet and in the corners – the areas where the vacuum head simply cannot reach.
- Move light and small furniture and vacuum those areas. Vacuum under and around heavy furniture.
- Vacuum in one direction (east-west) and then in the opposite direction (north-south). This will help ensure you lift up as much dirt and dust as possible.
- Start on the side of the room furthest from the door and vacuum your way out of the room.
You should vacuum your carpet at least once a week. However, if you have carpet in high traffic areas, pets, or kids, you may want to vacuum more often – up to three or more times a week. This will help get rid of dust, dirt, and allergens trapped in your carpet, and help keep your carpet looking its absolute best.
To extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking its absolute best, in addition to vacuuming, you should have your carpet professionally cleaned. To find out more information about carpet cleaning services, area rug cleaning, and other related services, please call Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today!