How to protect your carpet with kids and pets at home

Worried about your brand new carpets because you’ve got young children and pets living at home?

Here are some clever tips to keep your carpets in tip top condition.  Our tips are kids friendly and pet friendly at the same time.

Vacuum regularly

Keeping a regular cleaning routine is one of the best things to do to keep your carpets in top shape. A great place to start is vacuuming your carpets at least twice a week. Vacuuming helps prevent particles like soil, dust, food particles, and animal hair from settling into them. This helps keep your carpet in great shape and your home as bacteria-free as possible.

The best way to remove surface dust and dirt from your carpets and rugs is to regularly vacuum them with a good HVAC vacuum cleaner.   Vacuum at least once a week.  Be sure to move small furniture out of the way when you vacuum.  Do not forget to vacuum corners, staircases, hallways and the rugs in your bathroom and kitchen as well.

Set some rules

Prevention is the best way to protect your carpets from any stains or spills. Setting simple rules with your kids like eating and drinking at the table or removing shoes before entering the house is a great start to avoid the majority of these messes. Assigning a designated play area also helps limit any mess that occurs, making the clean up a lot easier later.

Use rugs and door mats

A door mat outside the front and back doors is a great way to trap debris.  Make sure you teach the kids to wipe their shoes on the mat before entering the home.   Placing a thin rug underneath the pet door can trap some of the debris on the paws of your pet as they come into the home.  Make sure the mats you place are non-slip to prevent accidents and falls.

Call in the professionals

While enforcing rules to prevent messes is a great start, we’re all human! Spills are still inevitable and when that happens, it’s best to treat them immediately to prevent any permanent stains. Treating them immediately not only helps prevent any permanent damage, they’re often easier to clean as well. If the stain is a large amount of liquid – blot, don’t rub – then call your local DryTech Carpet Cleaner to help.  Our professional stain removal services can tackle even the toughest of stains including red wine, fizzy drinks and pet urine stains!

The right stain remover for the right stain

Different messes call for different products! Whether it’s mud or chocolate, your DryTech Carpet Cleaning technicians have a specialist stain remover to deal to the mess. Their tried and true methods prevent any carpet damage or discolouration.

Get rid of pet odours

If you’ve ever had an ‘accident of the feline nature’ on your floor, you’ll understand how pungent cat urine can be.  Unfortunately, this unsavoury liquid can saturate even the most solid materials, including concrete.  So, a mess of this variety on your carpets will most definitely seep through to your underlay, any padding and even subfloors!  This makes it even more important to clean cat urine as soon as possible to stop that strong ammonia scent from lingering.  Here are two remedies that may help minimise the immediate incident’s aroma and to clean cat urine from your floors at home.  Of course, to make sure that smell is well and truly gone, you are most likely to need one of our experienced and professional carpet and flooring experts from your local JAE team.

Baking Soda

Turns out, Grandma’s go-to remedy is an actual winner. Sprinkle baking soda over the urine and let it sit for a couple of hours to absorb the ammonia scent. Then, vacuum it away. Once vacuumed, spray with some white vinegar and rinse out with some warm water. Don’t rub – dab!

Enzyme-based Spray

Many pet stores stock urine odour removal sprays.  You can use these on the affected area according to the directions on the packaging.  You may need to repeat this process a few times before the smell is gone.

Although these methods are effective to subside the odour at first, it is often likely that the scent will persist and perhaps encourage your pets to continue to mark this area.  If you want to get rid of that ammonia smell once and for all, call your local DryTech Carpet Cleaning today for our pet odour removal systems.

Steam clean your carpets professionally

If you have a household with pets and children, the safest way to protect them is to have your carpets steam cleaned at least once a year.  If you have a family member who suffers from allergies (like hay fever, eczema) or respiratory diseases (like asthma) then make sure your carpet is steam cleaned professionally at least twice a year.  A good time of the year to spring clean your carpet is in autumn so you have the place free of bacteria and germs for the colder winter months.

Steam cleaning carpets employs heated steam to wash and treat carpets.  Heat is the most effective way to kill harmful germs and bacteria.  Steam cleaning your carpet also refreshes the fibres making them look brand new and smelling good at the same time.

Regular steam cleaning is also the best way to maintain the condition of your carpets.

Leave it to the professionals

While there are a lot of steps you can do yourself to keep your carpet clean, it’s best to leave the deep clean to the professionals. Your carpets receive the most use in your home and getting your carpets professionally cleaned helps prolong its life and leaves your home healthier for the kids. DryTech offers a professional carpet cleaning service that uses a unique process to achieve the best results possible.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au