You know your pet has had an accident on the carpet (or rug) because you can smell it. The quicker you can address the accident the better, so look for spots or discolorations. However, sometimes the accident is not visible, so what do you do then? A black light can be used. Darken the room, turn on the light and scan it over the floor. You will be able to identify the urine because the urine salts become fluorescent in the ultraviolet light. However, the most available and practical method is to use your nose. Don't be afraid to get down on your hands and knees to find it.
If the spot is still wet, blot, blot and blot some more to remove as much as possible. After blotting, you can sprinkle baking soda on the area. The baking soda will help absorb the urine and also neutralize the PH of the urine. (Note: baking soda may sometimes discolor fabrics, so you should test it on a non-conspicuous area of your carpet or rug). Let the baking soda dry on the spot then vacuum it up.
If the spot is dried up, then mix 1/3 white vinegar with 2/3 water and spray it on the spot. let it sit a little bit than remove the vinegar/water solution by blotting.
You have an accident on your carpet and want to get it up. I
do not recommend using something you buy from the store. These products tend to
leave a residue that will attract dirt. Also, if it does not remove the spot,
it could actually set the stain so a professional cannot get it out. I recommend using white vinegar and water. Mix around 1/3
white vinegar to 2/3 water in a spritz bottle, then spritz the spot and blot it
up with a white rag.
you ever noticed a grayish or dark line along the walls on your carpets?
You probably do not want to know this, but it is not a
defect in your carpet. It is called soil filtration and is a concentration of
dirt that has collected on the carpet fibers.
Soil Filtration is caused by positive and negative pressure
within a building. What happens is, when pressure change occurs within a room
from either the effect of warm air rising or from mechanical pressures, air
tries to flow either in or out of the room. The carpet along the wall edges
serve as a filter as the air exits or enters under pressure.
Have you ever noticed a grayish or dark line at the doorway
of a room? Once again, soil filtration. It is quite common for dirt and dust to
accumulate under doors when they are shut. The supply air vent blowing air into the room creates
positive pressure in the closed room. This air will seek areas of lower
pressure (the return air vents) through the largest available holes. With the
door shut, the undercut of the door is generally the largest available hole.
Therefore, as the air passes between the door undercut and the carpeting, the
carpet acts like a filter taking out dirt and dust particles from the air. Over
a period of time, the carpet will darken as the dirt accumulates.
Because soil filtration is a concentration of dirt
particles, cleaning soil filtration areas can be very difficult.
When people ask me what is the best thing to do to take care if their carpets (or rugs), I tell them frequent vacuuming. Based on a Proctor and Gamble Company analysis of carpet soiling in the US, about 79% of dirt in a carpet is dry particulate. The compensation of this dirt is about 55% from "Tracked-In" gritty particles (like sand and fine dirt), 12% from animal fiber from people, pets and fabrics and another 12% from fibers, indoor plants, and tracked in organic material.
Because most of this dirt is brought in from outside of the home, you should vacuum at least a minimum of 2 times per week.
Children, pets, parties and such
can tend to create accidents on your carpets and rugs. It is wise to clean them
and remove any spots as quickly as possible to prevent stains. We have found that
many people will use products purchased from the store to try and remove these
accidents. As cleaning professionals, we do not recommend that approach for the
following reasons. Consumers assume that if a little bit of something works
well, than a whole lot of it should work even better. This philosophy is bad in
the spot cleaning world. The reason is that store bought cleaners will leave a
residue. The amount of residue left is based on how much cleaning product was
applied to the spot and how good of a job the consumer did trying to remove the
cleaner after application. The problem is that the residue left on the carpet
will then attract dirt.
Also, some of the store bought
cleaning products can utilize harsh products to address spot removal. If these
type cleaners do not remove the spot, they tend to make it a permanent stain.
So what do you do? First, removal
of the initial insult is top of the list. For liquid spills, use a dry clean
white cloth or towel. Put it on the spill and apply pressure. The liquid will
migrate from the carpet/rug onto the towel. Keep moving the towel so a dry area
is over the spill and keep this up until no more liquid is transferred to the towel.
For any solid particles, scrap them off with a spoon or dull object. If a spot
is still visible, we recommend starting with clean water. If the water does not
work, try either 1 teaspoon of a neutral detergent with ½ pint of lukewarm
water (a non-alkaline detergent that does not contain bleach such as used for
washing delicate fabrics) or 1/3 cup white vinegar to 2/3 cup of water. Using a
spray bottle, sprits the spot with the cleaner but do not over wet the spot.
Then blot it up as described above.
Cats and dogs can bring joy to a household but
they also bring shedding. While pet hair from shedding cannot be eliminated
from a home, it can be reduced.
Reduce the amount of pet hair that sheds.
Pet hair loss is normal. Animals shed
seasonally, and indoors animals may shed more because their systems can’t
detect changes in the seasons. Also, unexpected temperature swings may cause
pet hair to shed and grow more often. Daily brushing removes loose hair before
it sheds and helps keep your pet’s coat healthier. Bathing your dog also
reduces loose hair.
However, some animals may have hair loss
for reasons beyond seasonal changes. If your pet is shedding excessively, try
changing their diet. If they are under stress, try alleviating the stress.
There could also be medical reasons, so you might take them to your
veterinarian to be checked.
Pet hair removal
For clothing, lint brushes and lint rollers
can be used to remove pet hair. So can masking or packing tape wrapped around
your hand or rolled into a ball. Make sure the sticky side is out and rub it
along the fabric grain.
For furniture, remove as much of the pet
hair as possible by vacuuming it with the hose attachment of the vacuum
cleaner. After vacuuming, put on rubber gloves and dip them in cold water.
Shake your hands so that the gloves are damp but not dripping water. Then,
wearing the dampened rubber gloves, run your hands across the furniture fabric
in one direction. This should gather the pet hair together in a little roll
that you can easily pick up and throw in the trash. Keep wiping all of the fabric in this manner
until it is free of pet hair.
When there is a spill on your upholstery, DON’T PANIC.
However, act promptly before it spreads or dries.
For liquid spills:
Blot lightly with a dry towel to start. Increase pressure
and use a fresh towel until no more liquid is absorbed. DO NOT RUB! Do Not Add
Liquid to a Liquid Spill
For solid or
semi-solid spills (such as foods):
Gently lift the substance from the upholstery with a spoon
or dull knife, scraping carefully toward the center of the spill. Treat any wet
residue as a liquid spill.
For dry spills
(such as ashes or dry cosmetics):
Adding any liquid to a normally dry substance, such as
ashes, may cause a permanent stain. Vacuum, beat the area with a ruler or
similar implement, vacuum again, then use the adhesive side of masking tape to
remove any residue.
If residue still
remains after above procedure:
Use 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water in a spray bottle.
Spritz the stain and repeat the blotting steps described above for liquid