With nearly 70% of US households owning a cat or dog, life with a pet is inarguably a good one. But, as pet owners know, it comes with costs. Vet visits on average cost between $200 and $400 a year, food costs between $200 and $700, and miscellaneous costs like home repairs and grooming can add up as well.
But, along with a pet comes lots of time spent cleaning up after them. Litter boxes, food bowls, floors, furniture, linens, doors, windows, and carpets all fall victim to life with an animal.
So, it goes without saying that pet ownership means more cleaning. It’s inevitable. However, the good always outweighs the bad. No matter how many times you have to clean the nose prints and slobber off the sliding glass door, getting rid of your pet for the sake of an immaculately clean house is inconceivable.
So, how do we keep our houses, namely, our carpets, clean if we insist on having an animal cohabitate? The carpet cleaning pros at First Choice Janitorial Service have some suggestions.
Even a small cat will leave fur all over upholstered furniture, in vents, under beds and sofas, stuck to rugs and carpets, and smeared across curtains. Carpets especially act as velcro for pet hair and dander, and if not cleaned regularly, carpets can quickly become permanently ruined.
Deciding how often and to what degree to clean carpets depends on your tolerance for dirt and fur. It also depends on how your carpets are being used. Does the pet go outdoors and track dirt or mud on the carpet? Do they shed a lot? Do they have accidents on the carpet?
Consider your situation and create a system of maintaining your carpets in a way that makes sense for you. Some people like to have their carpets professionally cleaned several times a year, while others do minor maintenance throughout the week and wait every two years or more to have their carpets steam cleaned.
We do advise, however, that waiting too long to clean up after your pets means the cleaning job will take longer and require more effort. Finding a balance is essential when it comes to owning a pet and keeping your home clean. And having your carpets professionally steamed cleaned by a reputable, local company is part of that balance.