Pets are just like members of the family and it is understandable that their owners would want the best for them. Unless you own a home, it is very difficult nowadays to rent a place if you have furry friends who live with you. Most landlords are reluctant to accept tenants with pets because of the potential damage to the carpets and other parts of the property. That said, there are a few things you can do to avoid any arguments with the letting agency or your landlord regarding your four-legged treasures.
Daily Carpet Care
If you have a dog or a cat you will need to vacuum daily. No matter the breed, every pet sheds a certain amount of fur and dander. The latter could be a strong allergen for some people and also when it accumulates in the carpet it can bring up an unpleasant smell. When you are vacuuming use the brush to pick up as much of the fur and fine dust as possible. If you use a vacuum cleaner with a bag you can put a few drops of your favourite essential oil to remove some odours.
Dealing with Stains
Depending on the stain you can employ different approaches. If your pet brings in mud from outside, allow it to dry and then use a putty knife to scrape as much of it as you can. The rest can be treated with warm water, soap and a soft sponge. However, you need to ensure the area is protected until it dries.
If you have a young pet who isn’t “potty trained” yet, you can expect accidents on the carpet every now and then. That kind of stain usually requires a professional carpet cleaner and products you probably won’t find in the shop.
As a general rule, when it comes to carpets, it is best not to treat any stains yourself. Call the professionals as soon as possible to ensure best results and avoid damage.
Carpet Cleaning During Your Tenancy
To preserve the carpet at its best condition you should have it cleaned at least once in 6 months. For pet owners, however, we recommend more frequent cleans – every 3 months. Also, before you book your visit, you should ask your cleaning provider about the products and solutions they will use. Some of them are unsuitable or even toxic to pets.
There are different carpet cleaning methods and some may require a longer drying time. So, take that into consideration too when you are making a booking. Choose a day and time when you won’t be home or get a friend to take care of your pet until the carpet is completely dry.
Carpet Cleaning At The End of Your Tenancy
Like we said earlier, many landlords refuse to let pets in their property. However, what many owners and tenants don’t know is that there is a special carpet treatment that can be performed at the end of the tenancy. It removes visible and hidden stains, bad odour and improves the appearance of the carpet. It is great reassurance for both parties.
We are specialists at carpet cleaning and we’ve treated many properties hosting pets. Our team knows the right products and methods to use to keep your furry friends safe and your carpets looking fabulous.
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