Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners
Whether your dog keeps tracking in mud, or your new kitten missed the litter box when doing her “business”, you may be beyond frustrated. Luckily, the team here at Sadie’s Pet Shop presents the following quick primer about how to get pet stains and odors out.
1. Sop up the mess rapidly.
In a sanitary fashion (i.e. using rubber gloves), clean up the mess with paper towels and/or a broom. Do not rub the stain out of the carpet or upholstery. The aggressive motion could drive the stain deeper into the fabric. Dab instead.
2. Find appropriate products to remove the stain immediately.
You obviously want to prevent the stain from setting and ruining your furniture, rug or bedspread. But you also want to eliminate the odor to prevent your pet from associating that particular spot with a safe place to do his or her business.
The cleaning products (and techniques) you use should depend sensitively on the materials that you are trying to clean. Some anti-staining and anti-odor sprays may work fine on a hardwood floor but may react terribly with a leather couch or suede rug. Make sure you get the appropriate products for your type of spill or stain.
3. Use non-toxic odor neutralizers and cleaning products.
Some cleaning solutions contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to humans and pets. Check to make sure your products don’t contain “obesogens” (chemicals that can disrupt metablolism) or “teratogenic” chemicals (chemicals that cause birth defects). Strong smelling cleaners like ammonia and vinegar may also encourage pets to cover the scent with their own urine.
That said, not cleaning can be dangerous, too. Pet-soiled surfaces can lead to the growth of bacteria that cause illness and infection. Plain baking soda (or baking soda solution) is your safest bet. It can neutralize many pet stains and eliminate odors. The deoderizing products you use should depend on the stained materials, the size of the stain and how long it has set.
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For assistance with your pet needs or finding the right pet products for dog training, contact the team here at Sadie’s Pet Products today for a free, thorough consultation. Check out our pet shop blog for tips on how to make your home more pet friendly or give us a “woof” at (925) 380-6781.