Your home’s carpeting doesn’t have to suffer just because your dog is prone to dirty paws! Preventative care for your Southport home’s carpeting is essential to maximizing its longevity. Your local Floor Coverings International Shallotte team is here to help with all your carpeting needs, from consultation to installation!

carpet care with pets

Outdoor Paws Inside

Before your pet leaves the house, lay a towel in front of the door. When it’s time to return home, your dog has a comfy place to stand while their paws get a quick wipe down. Similarly, getting your pet a raincoat for those wet days is a game changer. Keeping them as dry as possible is going to prevent them from shaking off the rain when they get home.

Area Rugs & Beds

Area rugs are useful wherever your dog spends most of the day, especially in areas where they like to play. Your dog will soon recognize this as their comfort zone, making them less likely to track dirt around other areas of your home. Similarly, keeping a couple dog beds around your pet’s comfort zone will make them feel cozy and less likely to wander.

Spills, Stains, & Smells

For inevitable accidents, it’s important to use pet-safe cleaning products. Be conscientious of the ingredients and if the label cautions about your pet coming in contact with the product. Your local pet store is a great place to consult. When soaking up a spill, lightly tap the carpet with a towel to absorb excess liquid, but don’t pat down too hard to avoid pushing and spreading the spill into your carpet, which will hinder your clean-up mission.

In a pinch, baking soda and vinegar can make a homemade cleaning solution. Mix 50/50 parts vinegar/water and spray onto the spill. Now use a sponge or towel to gently scrub. Sprinkle some baking soda over the spot and, once dry, thoroughly vacuum the area. If desired, you can re-treat the area with a pet-safe cleaner, once available.

Vacuuming Schedule

Depending on your dog’s shedding rate, create a routine to vacuum at least 1-2 times per week. For breeds notorious to shedding, at least 3-4 times per week is ideal. This stops fur from getting imbedded into your carpet, which helps prevent odors and the need for a professional deep-clean down the road.

If your pet enjoys sitting on your furniture, vacuum those areas as well to avoid similar issues. Lint rollers are your (second) best friend. They’re great for a quick furniture sweep in a time crunch or if you’re expecting guests.

There are also a variety of pet-friendly carpeting options that guard against stains and make vacuuming up your pet’s hair easier. Reach out to Floor Coverings International Shallotte for help figuring out the type of carpet that works best for your pet-friendly Southport home. Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation to continue the conversation!

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