Out of everyone in your home, chances are your pet spends the most time getting cosy with your carpet. This is why it’s so important that we properly care for our carpets: so we can care for our furry family members. While carpets and rugs undoubtedly add a sense of warm ambience to any space, they are also home to hidden dangers that could be compromising the health of your pet.
Carpets are Filthy
Even if you vacuum everyday, carpets can still get insanely dirty. Between spills and stains and foot and paw traffic, your carpet is actually one of the most unhygienic places in your home: worse than your toilet seat.
In fact, studies show that your carpet can contain 200,000 bacteria per square inch, including the likes of salmonella and e.coli. These bacteria can be extremely dangerous for everyone in your home, pets included. Exposure to these microscopic threats can cause depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea in animals and humans. Not a pretty picture.
Pet Stain City
Short of putting your pets in diapers, you have to accept that even the youngest pets with sphincters of steel are going to leak now and then. It happens. The thing is, unless our pets have a major accident, we don’t always see these leaks. This means urine and feces are just randomly lying about our carpets and rugs. Over time, exposure to these messes and the bacteria and filth within can cause serious illness, as well as skin rashes and irritation.
Your Cleaning May Hurt Them
Your aim is to provide your family with a clean, healthy home, but the cleaning products you’re using could be harmful. Many products are chemical-based, and knowing how much your pet sniffs at and eats off the floor, chances are your poor pooch or cute kitty is ingesting more than his or her share of toxic substances.
Pets can have allergies too, and when you consider that a gram of the dust collected deep in the pile of your carpet contains roughly 1,000 dust mites, you’re looking at a lot of itching and sneezing. Dust mites also come with dust mite feces, which adds to that bacteria backlog.
What to do?
Dirt happens, and you can’t always live in a squeaky clean world. You can, however, mitigate the damage by vacuuming regularly, using all natural cleaning solutions like vinegar and water, and — perhaps most importantly — scheduling regular carpet cleaning. Professional is always best, since professional carpet cleaners will use the safest, greenest, most powerful solutions to get your carpet clean.
How often should you clean your carpet?
For the optimal health of everyone in your home, you should have your carpet cleaned at least every 6 months — more often if a pet or person has severe allergies (either skin or respiratory) and/or you have multiple pets.
It may seem like a lot to process, but keep in mind that when you adopt your pet, you didn’t adopt them for now: you adopted them for good. So be good to them!