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Month: February 2021

8 Ways to Keep Your Carpet Clean with Pets

If you have a few furry friends in your household, their presence can make it harder to keep your carpets clean. Pets shed frequently, drag dirt and debris inside and around the house, and can cause a myriad of stains to your carpets. But don’t worry! You can take these simple steps to keep your carpet clean in between profession cleanings. The more often you take the basic cleaning precautions, the less drastic cleaning measure you’ll have to take when you deep clean. It can be a daily effort to keep your carpet clean, but it’ll keep it your carpet in better shape and help it last longer.  

1. Wipe Their Paws

One of the easiest ways to prevent dirt and debris build up on your carpets is to wipe your pets paws off when they come inside. You should be doing this even if it’s not wet outside. Your pets’ paws can drag in lots of dirt and debris that can soil your carpet. Keep a clean towel and a small spray bottle of water nearby to wipe their paws when you come inside. Your pets may be averse to this step at first but soon they’ll get used to it and your carpets will be spared the buildup of dirt. 

2. Add a Rug

Placing an area rug in a high traffic area on your carpet is a simple preventative measure to prevent your carpets from getting dirty. An area rug or a runner not only looks good but protects those high traffic areas by catching a lot or dirt that is being tracked through the house. Rugs can also be easily cleaned by being thrown into the washer, which is much simpler than having to take the steps to clean your carpet. 

3. Use a Pet-Friendly Carpet Cleaner

When you do have to take the steps to clean your carpet from a mess or stain caused by a pet, you need to use a pet-friendly carpet cleaner. Pets can be sensitive to certain carpet cleaners, and they can cause irritation of all sorts to your pets. Choose more sensitive cleaning products that are hypoallergenic and avoid anything with toxins in it. 

4. Keep Your Pet Clean

Keeping your pet clean is the one of the best ways to maintain a clean carpet. The cleaner your pet is the less likely they are to transfer dirt and debris to your carpet. Keeping your pet well-groomed will reduce the amount of fur and pet dander in your carpet. Regular washing and grooming will prevent that build up. 

5. Vacuum Frequently 

Having a frequent vacuuming schedule will help maintain your carpet. Regular vacuuming prevents any buildup of pet fur, dander, and dirt build up. Pets shed frequently but a regular vacuuming schedule will their fur from becoming a problem. Don’t forget to vacuum furniture you have either. It’s also good to do several passes of the vacuum over the carpet so that your vacuum is sure to get up all the fur and debris on the carpet.

6. Confine Your Pets to One Place 

One way to extend the life of your carpet is by confining your pets to one area of your house. If you have a rambunctious pet keeping them out of a carpeted area when you can’t watch them may be a good solution to prevent dirt build up and over all damage to the carpet. 

7. Watch What Your Pet Eats 

Lots of pet food today have artificial ingredients and colors that can stain your carpets. Try to get food that does not have added coloring so that if it does get near your carpet it doesn’t leave any hard to clean stains. 

8. Hire a Carpet Cleaning Service

It’s always good to have your carpet cleaned professionally on a yearly basis, but with pets your carpets can see any increase in traffic and debris build up. With regular cleanings, your carpet will last longer and look better. This will help remove all those deep inset stains and keep your carpet smelling fresh. 


It may seem like a daunting task to keep your carpets clean when you have pets, but with a few preventative measures your carpet will stay clean and last longer!


Liability Issues Associated with Dirty Carpets

Carpets can greatly affect the environment of your living space. Having a dirty carpet can cause a multitude of issues. It can be a liability issue if you are an owner of a business or a landlord. It is important to keep the carpets clean because a dirty carpet can cause a multitude of health issues and thus lead to a lawsuit if there are any issues because of the carpet.

Bacteria, Dust Mites, Mold

If the air inside is moist, your floor is regularly damp for any reason, or if your carpet is not thoroughly cleaned and dried, it can lead to the development of mold. The development of mold can cause allergies and other respiratory issues to develop.

Without regular cleanings, bacteria can build up in carpets. This build up can cause various issues and affect the immune system. Mycotoxins can develop from bacteria and fungi that are in dirty carpets and aggravate allergies, asthma, weaken the immune system. These bacteria and toxins can also cause skin irritations and rashes like athlete’s foot.

Dust, dirt, and mold can easily get trapped in the fabric of carpets. These trapped pollutants create toxic airborne gases that can be released in the air through daily activities like walking or vacuuming.[1] These toxins released in the air can cause respiratory issues like coughing. This can be even worse for those with asthma. Dust mites can also become an issue and make indoor allergies worse. If you do not have your carpet cleaned, their fragmented limbs and feces will be expelled into the air just like other carpet pollutants from daily activities like walking or vacuuming.

Along with health issues, not cleaning your carpet regularly and the buildup of dirt and bacteria can cause the carpet and the flooring beneath it to rot. This rotting can cause even more health issues. It is important to maintain a watchful eye on the status of your carpet to make sure that it is not rotting and then causing your floor to rot as well.
Pet Urine

Having pets in the home makes it even more important to keep your carpets clean. Along with the buildup of pet dander that can exacerbate allergies, animal urine and feces can cause a myriad of issues. Pet urine can produce ammonia that not only smells bad but also causes nose and lung irritation, exacerbating conditions like asthma and emphysema as well as allergies. The dampness can also increase the probability of mold growth.


To prevent any issues with a dirty carpet, vacuum regularly to prevent dust and dirt from getting tramped into carpets. Schedule regular professional carpet cleanings to prevent and get rid of dirt, bacteria, and dust mites that may develop. Taking these steps to keep a clean carpet would reduce any health and liability issues that may occur if you did not take the steps to clean your carpet. Setting into the carpet. By maintaining a regular cleaning schedule, your carpets will stay clean and not cause any issues.

[1] The EPA reports that these pollutants cause toxic airborne gases that are released into the air.