Besides the obvious occasional accident from Fido, his hair can also be an issue. Once he shakes a bit off, it goes into the carpet and furniture and sticks to it all and it can be quite a problem.
Then you have the issue of “I want in. I want out. I want in.” You know it… Fido is always on the move and the constant going outside and then back inside brings in all kinds of dirt.
What can you do about all this?
1. Be patient. Wait until it dries, then vacuum.
2. Clean messes up quickly. Once you discover an “accident,” it’s important to grab a white terry cloth towel and blot up the mess before it sinks down into the padding of the carpet. A mixture of white vinegar and water 50% applied to a terry cloth towel will help a lot. A good enzyme deodorizer like you might get from the vet helps with lingering odors, then vacuum but of course when spots or odors get out of hand, hand it to us professional carpet cleaners we can come over and handle these odor challenges. We love a challenge.
3. A hairy situation can be tamed by brushing your dog often. Loose hair that’s about to go into the carpet and furniture can be easily pulled from Fido with a good grooming brush. Then vacuum, always vacuum. And guess what? He probably likes the attention! We always prevacuum before cleaning, and many times it’s after the homeowner has already vacuumed. Our vacuum machines pull the hair that finds itself wrapped into your carpet fibers.
4. While you may not have the time to wipe off Fido’s muddy paws each time he wants back inside, it is a good idea to place mats outside or large terry cloth towel inside the door. Hint we use terry cloth towels for our pets and guest like a party. When Fido wants’ back inside, let him beg a little bit on the outside mat because some of that dirt is definitely going to come off. Our dog Sarge likes to wipe his feet on a terry cloth towel he even rolls on it for his back when he’s wet from rain. Then vacuum. Always vacuum. See my other posts on vacuuming.
Do all of this and man’s best friend is going to be a dream to live with, not a nightmare!