You'll never forget the day you bring your new furry family member home for the first time.
Maybe you were gifted a cuddly puppy with a neatly tied red bow around her neck or a fluffy kitten who can't stop pawing at your face.
Maybe you rescued your pup from a local animal shelter or picked up a cat from a loving home in your community!
Wherever we got our pets, and no matter how long they've been in our families, we'll always love them.
But, pets aren't always sunshine and roses…
There will be accidents.. and lots of them.
Incessant chewing is to be expected from our new puppers at some point.
Our precious kitties are bound to claw our furniture eventually and countless of our favorite items shall be destroyed.
Pets are the greatest companions, but unfortunately they are also some of the largest perpetrators of messes that are found throughout our homes!
Wipe Those Dirty Paws!
We're sure your adorable little pupper loves playing outside. Boy do they love muddy puddles after the rain, rolling around in dirt, playing in the sprinklers…You name it, they love it.
Can't you just see your dog now? Tongue sticking out in excitement as he buries both of his paws in the ground digging up your beloved rose garden!
Despite the fact that you now have to fill in those holes and replace all of your roses, you now have to make sure your dog doesn't track in all of that dirt caked in his paws, into your lovely home!
Naturally, our pets tend top track in plenty of dirt and filth into our homes, whether they are perpetual diggers or not!
The best way to combat this issue is by cleaning off those paws before they step into the house.
The easiest way to remember to clean off the paws is to set a dry towel next to the door, after a fun day in the sun!
On extremely muddy days, you may need to get a small spray bottle and spray their paws off a bit and pat them dry.
Trap them in a cuddly bear hug and allow them to smother your face in slobbery kisses, while you do a quick swipe of their paws! They won't even know what happened until you're done hugging them.
Bathe Them Often
Ah, if only their paws were the only thing we had to do to keep our pets and home clean… What a wonderful day that would be.
But alas, the rest of their bodies have just as much dirt and grime on them as well. They roll around in the dirt, in the grass, in leaves, in sprinklers and puddles, and even on those cherished roses (ouch right?).
All of that freaky stuff that's supposed to stay strictly outside, attaches to our pets and gets brought right back inside.
Then, the filth gets tracked through the house and all over our carpets and flooring…
The best thing to do is to keep our doggos bathed. Have a washing routine and do your best to stick to it!
A good rule of thumb is to bathe your dog at least once a month. This will help them stay clean and keep your home clean as well!
If your dog finds himself in a mud puddle, definitely bathe them right then! But bathing Milo once a month is a fabulous way to keep him, and your home clean otherwise.
Keep Their Nails Trimmed
Often times, people assume that trimming your pet's nails is mostly for eliminating scratching. But in reality, keeping your pet's nails trimmed will do wonders for your carpet!
When pets get excited, they run and slide across your carpet. As they are running, their nails can snag the strands in the carpet.
Animals also tend to dig at the carpet when they are bored or when they become fixated on a smell.
Not to mention if you have a happy kitty running around, she is bound to knead on your carpet whether you like it or not!
This will eventually cause your carpet to unravel, frizz up, or even rip out the carpet fibers altogether!
Keep those nails trimmed for your protection and for the protection of your carpets. If you have a pet with an attitude problem, have someone hold and pet them while you quickly trim their nails- or take them to the professionals!
It's well worth your carpets life span when all said and done!
Vacuuming will prevent a lot of pet damage to our carpets!
Create a habit of vacuuming your floors regularly. Sucking up all of that hair and dirt habitually, will keep your floors in a much better condition.
And while it goes unsaid, cleaning up accidents immediately when they happen will save you some unspeakable carpet turmoil!
When you see that your pet has had an accident indoors, grab a pile of paper towels and start soaking up the liquid ASAP…
It helps to stand on the paper towels with shoes to be able to soak up more of the liquid.
Once you have soaked up as much of the liquid that you can, sprinkle some of our magical Powered Water® over the soiled spot, scrub it a bit, and then finish it off with a qualified carpet cleaning job by Zerorez® DC Metro.
Carpet Cleaning with Zerorez® DC Metro
While vacuuming is a quick fix, and helps to maintain relatively clean carpets, it certainly does not solve everything!
It's best to get your carpet cleaned at least once a year but if you have a puppy who is still struggling with his potty training or a defiant cat who refuses to use the litter box, you're going to want to have your carpet cleaned more often…
One of the greatest things about Zerorez® DC Metro is that we use our non-toxic,food-grade Powered Water® to destroy unpleasant smells instead of just hiding them- and you can use it too!
You don't just want to mask the smells and stains, you want them gone for good!
Once the carpet has been treated, our cleaning method using our Powered Water® solution will be used to make sure we don't leave anything behind that could harm your pets.
By following the tips listed above and by using Zerorez® DC Metro regularly, you will be able to spend more time enjoying your pet and less time worrying about the condition of your carpet!