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  1. Create An Entryway To help protect the carpet from pets, consider creating an entryway in the front or back of your home with wood, vinyl, or laminate flooring. The floor near the door can act as a buffer before your pet’s paws hit the carpet. Your dog can shake, get wiped down, and release any dirt on a surface that’s easily wipeable.

  2. Use Doormats And Runners When you have carpeting and pets, it can really save your flooring if you use doormats and runners in high-traffic areas. The main walkway from your back door through your family room, for example, is a handy place to throw a runner. Not only are runners more affordable than new carpet, but sometimes they can also be tossed in the washer. Instead of steam cleaning spots on your carpet, just roll up the runner and throw it in the washing machine. Doormats are also carpet savers. These can be a place to kick off your shoes and catch some of the dirt and debris from your pet’s paws. While they may not wipe them on mats themselves, it can at least catch a little of the mess as they walk over them.

  3. Make A Mini Dog Cleaning Station If you do have a mudroom or a laundry room off of your garage, this is a great place to make a dog washing station. If your dog fits in the laundry room sink, you can give them a quick scrub when they’ve gotten into a big mess. If you don’t have a mudroom and sink available, a small basket of supplies near your doorways will do the trick. Stock the basket with some pet-friendly wipes and a towel. When your dog or cat comes in with muddy paws, you can give them a rub-down to remove any dirt before they step all over your carpets. The towel comes in handy for the inevitable wet-dog shake as well.

  4. Vacuum Regularly If vacuuming isn’t on the list of your daily cleaning rituals, consider bumping it up to at least a couple of times a week if you have pets. Even when you can’t see dirt or hair, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Dirt, pet dander, and hair can stick to the fibers of your carpet. These can be particularly harmful if you have asthma or allergies. Vacuum as often as possible to reduce your symptoms.

  5. Have Your Capets Professionally Steam Cleaned When you have pets, you’ll need to more than a vacuum to deep clean your carpet. Steam cleaning is one of the best ways to disinfect and give your carpets a thorough cleaning. While having a professional clean your carpets may seem expensive, it can save you from having to replace your flooring prematurely. If you’re selling your home after living with pets it's a good idea to invest in a professional steam cleaning. You’ll want to remove any pet odors before a move-in inspection.

  6. Keep Your Pet Well-Groomed Keeping your pet well-groomed can really extend the life of your carpets. If your dog or cat hasn’t been washed in a long time, dander and loose hair can build-up on their coats. Regular washing and brushing will take care of a lot of this. Knowing how to keep carpet clean with pets can be overwhelming at times. From pet hair to muddy paws, the constant cleaning can seem never-ending. If you’re looking to refresh your carpet and you’re ready to have a professional clean your carpets thoroughly, fill out the contact form here to set up a free in-home estimate.

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