How to Protect Your Carpet from Your Pets

Pet on carpet

Do you have pets, or are planning on getting a new pet? Your home’s carpets are at risk. Pets can cause a variety of problems for your carpets from stains and smells to dander and bare spots. Read on for a quick guide to protecting your carpet from your pets.
If your pet has an accident, take care of it immediately. The longer the waste sits on the carpet, the more damage it can cause and the harder it is to clean. Wipe it up and clean the area with any pet waste cleaner you have on hand.
If you think you smell odors from your carpet, but you haven’t noticed any pet waste, get a black light. This will allow you to see if there’s any waste on the carpet that you wouldn’t be able to see under normal conditions.
You can make your carpets last longer by putting an area rug over them. This will make sure your pets don’t shed or cause messes directly on the carpet itself, so you can make sure the carpet stays as good as new. A patterned rug will be the easiest to hide pet hair—just make sure you don’t get a white rug if you’ve got a black dog or cat!
If you have a cat, you likely know how much they can scratch. If your carpet has thick, looping fibers, your cat’s claws can catch them and tear up the carpet. Cats need to scratch, but you can redirect their destructive nature by providing them with a scratching post. You should also make sure to keep both dog and cat nails trimmed—take them to a professional groomer if you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself.
When you bring home a young pet or one new to your home, then you’re going to need to take some time to train them. During this training, you can get plastic mats to lay over your carpet to protect it from any accidental messes. With proper training, this won’t be a permanent addition—but it will help immensely for a short period.
Make sure you vacuum the carpet often to keep it free of pet dander. Vacuum at least once a week, so that hair and dandruff don’t stay trapped in your carpet. You can also prolong the life of your carpet by having it regularly cleaned by a professional.
Contact Chem-Dry Merrimack Valley to learn more about your carpet cleaning options. We’ll make sure your carpets stay clean and safe for both you and your pets!