Cleaning Up With Cats
We have two cats, Denver and Winston. Denver is the mature aloof one, Winston is the young one who likes being sick on the floor….not nice.
Well maybe he’s not being sick as such he’s just coughing up a fur ball that happens to contain his breakfast or dinner. Sometimes he’s a good boy and does it on the kitchen lino, sometimes he does it on the lounge carpet…..not nice.
So what can we do about doing what we need to do when our pets don’t have the same hygiene concerns as we do?
Cat Sick on Carpets
Try a biological laundry soap mixed 50/50 with hot water. Leave on the stain for a minimum of 30 minutes, a couple of hours if it’s an old stain (with a warm, damp towel over the top), rinse and blot dry with dry towels.
Pet Poo Stains
Vinegar & Baking Soda
If you really want to do DIY, mix a paste of warm water and baking soda. Work it into the carpet a bit then leave to absorb and neutralise. Pour white vinegar over. Scrape up any residue and rinse with warm water. If using this approach, finish off with a misting of the vinegar to kill bacteria, it will dry without leaving a smell.
Pour enough white vinegar to soak the stain and then add a small amount of baking soda. Let the spot dry for a day or two before vacuuming.
Cat Pee Odour Removal – Going Green
Cat urine odor can keep coming back; this is because it penetrates deep into the carpet fibres, into the strand ends and the base mat. As it dries it releases gasses, (like ammonia), creating that nasty wiff. As the urine evaporates, salts form that bind with the carpet materials and on the next humid day the salts gain moisture and the smell is back.
The first step is to get up as much of the stain as possible, blot up as much of the moisture as you can before washing the carpet with a solution of cool water and white vinegar. Start with a ratio of eight to one water to vinegar, half the amount of water if the first mix doesn’t do the trick.
Once you’ve treated the stain, wait three days before reintroducing your cat to the room. They are often drawn to locations they’ve marked before and may repeat.
Pet Clean Tips
- When it comes to removing pet hair from soft furnishings try a latex glove, wet or dry instead of your vacuum, pet hair will cling to the glove.
- Put a plastic bag at the bottom of your pets litter tray before covering it with litter. Scoop out the poo as required, when it’s time to change the litter, grab the bag, keeping the contents on the inside and bin it.
- Damp wipe walls and woodwork to remove sticky animal allergens.
- Pop a table mat under pet food bowls.
- If your pet is allowed on the bed, all your bedding must get a high temperature wash at least every two weeks.
- In addition to vacuuming, pet owners should consider periodic steam cleaning of carpets and upholstery.
- Change your filters regularly on forced-air heating and air-conditioning units (Heat Pumps) as these items will spread allergens through the house.