Your pets are part of the family, so it's easy to forgive the small messes they make on your carpet. Fortunately, professional carpet cleaners have a few techniques they can use to counteract some of the more common issues when it comes to pets and carpet.
1. Enzyme Stain Treatment
Pets can leave behind all sorts of stains on carpeting. The easiest to clean up are the mud and dirt tracks that come in after walks or time playing in the yard. The more challenging stains are the body fluids — urine, feces, and vomit stains. These stains contain proteins that can affix stubbornly to carpet fibers, making removal difficult at best. A professional service will use cleaning solutions that contain enzymes that will break down these proteins so that the stains can be completely lifted out of the carpeting.
2. Carpet Deodorizing
No one wants their carpeting to smell like wet dog, but unfortunately, pet odors can get deeply into carpet. Most consumer sprays and home remedies only cover the odor, they don't eliminate it at its source so the smell will quickly return. Your carpet cleaning service will use specially formulated deodorizers that treat the smell while also destroying the bacteria and other microorganisms that are responsible for creating the odor in the first place.
3. Fur and Hair Removal
Fur can be a constant battle for the average pet owner, especially during seasonal shedding. Vacuuming gets up the visible hair, but there is a lot of hair that makes its way deeply into the carpet. Cleaning services use a combination of methods to get pet hair out of carpeting. The first step usually entails using a special squeegee-like device to scrape the hair out of the carpeting. The rubber blade on the device doesn't damage carpet, but it pulls up hair. Then, an industrial-strength vacuum is used to pull out the remaining loosened hair inside the carpet fibers.
4. Stain Prevention
Cleaning the carpets is only one part of the process. If you want the carpets to remain clean and stain-free for as long as possible, then consider adding a stain-prevention treatment to your usual service order. After cleaning, deodorizing, and shampooing the carpet, the cleaner will then apply a stain guard product that creates a barrier between the carpet fibers and anything that can stain them. In the future, you will be able to prevent stains by simply soaking up the urine or other staining agent.
Contact carpet cleaners in your area to find one that has experience in handling pet issues.