Dog Versus Carpet
June 10, 2013
Dogs are great. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors. They have distinct personalities. And when you get a good one, wow is it fabulous! Man’s best friend, right?! Most of the time, yes, but unfortunately dogs will be dogs. And when Fido has to “go” then Fido “goes”. We know he means well, but accidents happen. If they happen too often, then your carpet can get pretty gross.
If you can catch the accident quickly, and it happens to me a small accident, then here are some easy steps to follow to keep a stain from setting in:
1. If it’s a #2 accident, then use a plastic spoon to scoop up as much of the mess as you can and discard it in a plastic bag. If you press too hard, or rub, then you risk working it deeper into the carpet. No matter how angry or frustrated you might be about the position you’re in, gentleness is key.
2. After step 1, or if the accident is urine, then soak up as much of it as possible with wet paper towels. Then gently re-wet the area with a bit of water.
3. Using dry paper towels, blot the area to sponge up as much of the water as you can. If the area is heavy with urine, then you may want to repeat steps two and three a few times.
4. Using a stain remover that is clearly marked for pet stains, spray the soiled area thoroughly. Allow the stain remover to sit for about five minutes, or according to the bottle directions.
5. Finally, continue to blot the area with damp, followed by dry, paper towels. Persist at this process until there is nothing left in the carpet. At this point, the stain should be gone.
If you have indeed followed these directions and find that the dog stain has not come out of your carpet, then it looks like you’re going to need to call in the professionals. Sometimes stains occur that need commercial grade products and equipment to handle them effectively. If there is a strong odor to go along with that stain, then a professional is definitely called for.
One reason Aaron is the best carpet cleaner in Fresno and Clovis, is because he has so much stain and odor experience. Cleaning carpets for six years has introduced him to an amazing number of disastrous carpet issues. He has used that time wisely to fine tune his techniques and cull out the products that don’t work, as well as to discover the good ones that do.
Yes, dogs will be dogs, but now there’s hope and happiness ahead. If you are a pet owner, consider signing up for our Reminder Schedule every six months. We will keep track of your cleanings for you and send you a post card when it’s that time of year again. Now, go play with your dog … you know he didn’t mean it!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger