Approximately 61% of Australian households have at least one pet. Australians love their pets so much that the country has one of the highest pet ownership rates across the planet. Among over 29 million pets in Australia, approximately 70% of our beloved companions have fur. Indeed, 40% of pet owners have a dog, 27% prefer a cat, and approximately 3% own other small mammals. Pets can play a huge role in bringing happiness, improving wellbeing, and increasing companionship benefits. But our furry pets can also ruin the carpet. Think about it: pet hair, pet dandruff, and pet-related stains that get trapped within the carpet fibres, causing lingering smells and leading to respiratory discomfort for some individuals. So, how can you pet-proof your carpets?
#1. Make carpet cleaning easy
Whether you are replacing or choosing a brand new carpet, make sure to pick a pet-friendly model. Indeed, you want to reduce the risk of damage, dirt, and stains:
- Synthetic fibres are stain-resistant
- Use a cut pile, so your pet’s claws are unlikely to tear it apart
- Choose a colour that’s similar to your pet’s
Additionally, you need to maintain a carpet cleaning routine. Weekly vacuuming or twice weekly if you have more than one pet is a no-brainer. Opt for a HEPA filter vacuum to remove pet-related allergens from the air too. For deep removal of dander and dust mites, arrange to have your carpet professionally cleaned once a year.
#2. Use a carpet guard spray
Use the spray to protect the carpet from unwanted stains. It can repel accidental spills and dirt when your pet plays inside the house or brings mud from outside.
#3. Create a pet-friendly zone
You’ll soon notice your pets’ favourite spot on the carpet because it accumulates fur and dirt. But you can keep your carpet spotless by introducing a pet zone. A small rug for your pet will ensure they don’t lie down directly on the carpet. Rugs are much easier to clean and maintain. Additionally, you can also create a cozy corner with a mattress and toys for your pet.
If you are worried about mud and dirt sticking to your pet’s paws, the addition of a sturdy and gently abrasive entrance doormat will help remove some of the dirt.
#4. Keep up with pets maintenance
Ultimately, a regular pet grooming routine will avoid many carpet problems. Brushing your dog and cat and giving them a haircut will keep pet hair and dandruff at bay. Claws and nails can be problematic if they tear your carpet. So, it’s important to learn how to trim your pet’s nails safely. As for dirty paws, you can gently wipe them clean.
#5. Clear urine stains
Accidents happen. When they do, you need to be fast to avoid issues. Indeed, urine breaks the surface tension, which means it can increase the affected area when it reaches the subfloor. Blot fresh urine with a towel and use a safe carpet cleaning solution. For dry urine, you’ll need to neutralise the soiling with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Sometimes dry urine can remove colour from carpet, so it is best to attempt cleaning while the spot is still wet. It is best not to use bi-carb soda or hydrogen peroxide without professional assistance, as these products can remove colour from your carpet if not used correctly.” Urine has an unpleasant and lingering smell, which you can address with a specialist enzymatic cleaner.
Don’t choose between pet and carpet. Pet ownership doesn’t have to be synonymous with bad carpets. You can keep your carpets clean and fresh and your pets happy.