Housekeeping for Pets
Published on: June 23, 2010
Although fun and loveable, Pets can create quite a mess in your home, especially if you have dogs or cats that shed easily. To remove pet hair from fabric or upholstery, try a pet rake (a brush with crimped nylon bristles), velour brush, tape roller or even tape wrapped around your hand. Use light, even strokes to remove the hair. Another option is to try a slightly dampened sponge (as long as the dampness won’t harm the upholstery). To remove pet hair from carpet, use a vacuum with a good beater brush or brush roll. Plain vacuums don’t generate enough lift to remove all the pet hair from the floor. Our vacuum of choice is the SEBO vacuum. Most Chicago Housekeeping Services do not use this vacuum, we prefer it because it is extra wide which saves time, and it has a triple filtration system including a HEPA filter with insane suction power.
Another pet problem frequently encountered in homes is pet “waste”. Your pet just made a mess and you don’t have time to hire a Chicago Maid Service because guests are coming over. What do you do? First, blot up any liquid by putting towels or absorbent rags over the spot and stepping on them. Start with gentle pressure and increase it up to putting your full weight down. Change to fresh rags or towels, until no more liquid comes up. For fresh stains, apply a bacteria/enzyme digester from a pet store, following the directions – it’s the only way to deal effectively with both the stain and the odor. Bacteria/enzyme digesters work slowly, so leave the solution on as long as the directions say. Urine has probably penetrated into the carpet and pad, so use enough solution to reach as far down as the stain. Apply the solution, put plastic over it, and step on the spot several times until the area is well saturated. Then, leave the plastic on the whole time the digester is working to make sure the spot doesn’t dry out.
Old and Dry stains are a little harder to remove. If you just found out your pet made a mess, a month ago, try the bacteria/enzyme digester anyway. If it’s a popular accident site, the bacteria may produce enough ammonia in the course of breaking down the stains to create a super-alkaline situation that interferes with its own action. In this case, you may need to neutralize the spot after the digester has been working for about four hours. Mix a solution of one cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Rinse the area with this solution and apply a fresh batch of bacteria/enzyme solution. This may take up some time, so you may consider calling a local Chicago Cleaning Service to handle this problem for you. At Spotless Cleaning Chicago, we handle all sorts of pet problems from pet hair, to old and new stains. Our eco-friendly products will ensure that your pets’ mess will be destroyed, but the air quality in your home will not.