Having pets can be pretty hard on your carpets. You probably feel like you need to vacuum everyday just to keep on top of the hair situation. In an ideal world you’d be able to get your carpets professionally cleaned every week. However, in reality that can get pretty expensive. So, what’s a good alternative? It’s going to take a lot of effort and diligence on your part, but you can use a combination system to ensure that your carpets stay clean and fresh, even with pets around.
While you can clean your own carpets for pet odor removal, it’s still recommended to use professional San Antonio carpet cleaning services in conjunction with what you’re already doing. A good schedule may include a professional cleaning every few months with regular vacuuming’s and upholstery cleanings of your own, in between.
If you have pets and plan on tackling regular carpet maintenance on your own, you should opt for natural based products. Regular use of chemicals isn’t great for your pets to be ingesting. They’re certainly not great for humans either.
You could certainly buy natural products or you may want to consider making your own. Here are a couple homemade products that can help you keep your carpets clean and fresh, in between professional cleanings.
Vinegar and baking soda spray
When it comes to homemade cleaners the vinegar and baking soda spray makes a great all purpose cleaner. It works well for getting urine stains out of carpets and also does the trick for blood stains. The best part is that it’s super simple (and inexpensive) to make.
You’ll need 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup water and 2 Tbsp of baking soda. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
Once you’re ready to use the solution spray the affected area generously and let sit on the stain for at least 5 minutes. When time is up, you’ll want to get a cloth and gently blot and rub the stained area. Repeat until stain is no longer visible.
Another alternative is to only use one part vinegar and one part warm water in the mixture. Then add the baking soda directly on the affected area and spray it with the water vinegar mixture.
Hydrogen-peroxide and baking soda mixture
Hydrogen peroxide is a great agent for breaking down stains. It’s very effective on pet odor removal and stains.
You’ll need 1 cup baking soda, ½ a cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dish liquid.
In this scenario, you’ll want to sprinkle the baking soda generously on the stain. And then mix the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap together in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the baking soda and let it work its magic. Scrub the mixture into the carpet thoroughly and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Once absorbed, vacuum the affected area. If you’re dealing with a tough stain, repeat the process again.
These natural solutions also work the same for upholstery cleaning.
Pets are one of life’s greatest pleasures. They bring happiness to our lives and make life that much more fulfilling. That being said, they can cost you a lot of money. One way you can keep costs down is by making your own cleaners and maintaining your carpet regularly. However, it’s important to note that this is NOT a substitute for professional carpet cleaning. You should get your carpets professionally cleaned at least every few months. With a little trial and error you’ll find a routine that will keep your carpets clean, fresh, and make both you and your pet happy.