Our doggies and kitties are a source of companionship and joy for millions of us. We know we love our boxers and treat them like children…well, maybe even allowing them to do things we’d never allow our children to do!
Understand how to help your pets stay healthy and clean and happy and your home will be fresher for it. There are two pet-related problems that can affect the freshness of your home and its furnishings. These are pet accidents, both urine and feces, and body oils. Knowing about them can make living with a pet an even more positive experience.
Hot steamy weather (like we have most of the time in Florida!) is the time you are most likely to notice pet odors. That’s when pet hair, skin dander, and the residue from “pet accidents” begin to decompose — generating a distinct “doggie” smell that plagues even the most fastidiously cleaned homes.
Dogs, especially, secrete oils from their fur and paw pads. Good grooming and baths keep this in check. Periodically launder your pet’s bedding. If your pet has a favorite spot on the floor or in a chair (or on the bed), you might want to put a pet blanket/rug or some other washable item there.
Pet accidents are always cause for concern. Animal behaviorists will tell you that by instinct pets are attentive to good hygiene. They don’t want to have accidents in their homes. When they do, it is usually because of some other factor. Perhaps the pet is sick. Perhaps the pet’s exercise schedule was interrupted or wasn’t long enough. This happens a lot in rainy and cold weather when the pet doesn’t want to go out or mostly the owner doesn’t want to go out! Perhaps the litter box needs to be cleaned. Maybe the pet has been traumatized. It’s been recommended that the first thing to do when a pet unexplainably starts having accidents is to talk to your veterinarian.
As for cleanup, you need to blot up as much of the problem as you can. If solids are involved, gently scrape it up with a bit of cardboard. Work from the outside toward the center. This is important: Don’t apply house cleaners to the site. Some of them can change the color, texture or stain resistance of the affected fibers. Scented powders are almost impossible to remove with residential vacuums and once the fragrance goes away, we are left with the bad smell, only worse. Some can leave strong smelling residues that serve as “marker” triggering further accidents from your pets. Some concentrated cleaners leave soapy residue that attracts dust and soil, making the spot return in a couple of weeks (as well as continuing to smell) New safe-to-use enzyme products are available which do an excellent job of treating these problems areas.
Here’s How You Can Help Keep Your “Home-With-Pets” Clean and Fresh
- Act immediately when pet accidents occur. The longer the soil stands, the greater the chance it will seep through the carpet to the pad and floor.
- Remove as much moisture as possible by blotting the spot with a clean white absorbent material. The more moisture you remove now, the less residue has to be treated later. Using a clean white absorbent material lessens the risk of transferring dye between your cleaning material and your affected fabric. It also helps you to “see” if the stain is being successfully removed.
- If you catch the animal in the act, use a mixture of one part ammonia to three parts water. Spray it on the spot to neutralize the urine, let stand for five minutes, then flush with water and blot with a dry towel. If the urine spot is not fresh, use an enzyme to help kill the odor
- Call us. We are trained and equipped to thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize pet stains. We also stand behind our work