3 Things You Can Do To Maintain A Fresh Carpet In Spite Of Pets

Over time you might find that pet smells seem to be coming from your carpets, even after you vacuum. This can happen over time because the fibers of many carpets absorb odors. Luckily, there are things you can do to get these smells out of your carpets, or at least diminish them. Use the tips below to help you. 

Get a Carpet Rake

Perhaps you've seen carpet rakes in home improvement stores; they look like brushes with long handles. You may wonder why you would give them a try if you already have a vacuum. In fact, there are a number of rakes with specific purposes. Some are meant to prevent debris from settling into long-pile carpets, while others are meant to help you get rid of the pet hairs that your vacuum may miss. In turn, you can prevent the smell of animal hair from settling into your carpet.

Once you buy a carpet rake, use it a few times a week to make sure that your carpet stays fresh.

Use Baking Soda to Absorb Odors

Just as you might be using baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors, you can also use it to freshen up your carpet. Simply sprinkle some baking soda into your carpet, leave alone overnight, and then vacuum it up. You are likely to discover your carpet smells better as a result.

Use Vinegar After Pet Accidents

Many pet smells that linger in the carpet are a result of bathroom accidents. When your pet has a urine accident on your carpet, make sure that you blot it right away with paper towels to soak up as much urine as you can. Then, scrub the spot with a solution made of water and gentle soap.

Next, use white vinegar to prevent any odors from settling in. Vinegar kills a lot of germs and bacteria, so any odor-smelling bacteria left in your carpet can be taken care of by pouring a little vinegar into the accident spot and blotting it with paper towels. The smell of vinegar will fade over time and is not harmful to you or your pet. Wait for a few hours and reassess the spot; if smells persist, do a few applications of vinegar to help the smells fade even more.

Now that you've got some ideas that can help you maintain a fresh, clean scent in your carpets instead of pet odors, use the tips in this article to figure out what works best for your particular carpet. For more help, contact a carpet contractor who can give you even more suggestions about how best to care for your carpet.