How to Protect Your Rug from Your Pet
The combination of carpeting and furry pets is often frowned upon. However, with the right tools and knowledge, you can own a nice rug and have a pet. Whether you’re a cat or a dog person, regular maintenance is crucial to keep your rug clean. Here are some tips on how to protect your rug from your pet:
Rug ColourIf you own a pet, it’s important to shop for rugs in a medium colour. It’s even better to select a rug with several colours woven into it. Choosing the right colour will ensure that dirt, drool or pet fur or dander is concealed. We don’t recommend choosing anything too light or too dark as stains and dander will easily show up on both.
Stain Resistant RugEven if your four-legged friend doesn’t shed, pets often cause other stains. These stains can come from vomit, fecal matter, dirt from paws and urine. Your pets may be well-trained but they are still animals and accidents do happen. Stain resistant rugs are slightly more expensive but they are worth the investment if you have a pet. The rugs’ fibres include a protective layer. They are super durable and can last for years even while being vacuumed and steam-cleaned on a regular basis.
Scotchguard RugAnother option to decrease stains on your rug is to Scotchguard it. Scotchgard is an industrial strength spray that protects the rug’s fibres. It helps the fibres keep their shape and prevents additional stains. It should be done by a professional once every few years to ensure that every section of the rug is treated.
Pet UrineUrine is one of the most problematic issues that faces pet owners with rugs. It’s important to monitor your pets so if they pee on your rug you can clean it right away. Cleaning up urine stains after they’ve been left for an hour or more is very difficult. If you notice your pet has urinated on your rug:
- Grab a wad of paper towels.
- Lay them flat on the stain.
- Step on the towels with all of your body weight
- Replace the paper towels until they’re nearly dry to pull up a lot of the liquid.
- Mix one teaspoon of ammonia with one cup of water and put it in a spray bottle. If you have a pet, it’s a great idea to have this mixture around the house just in case.
- Spray this on the stain and let it sink in for about 5 minutes.
- Once the time is up, grab a stiff brush and make circular motions on and around the stain
- Vacuum the spot.