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Cleaning up pet 'accidents'

Our pets. We love them. No matter what.

No matter if they hack up hairballs. No matter if they barf up their breakfast. No matter if they mistake the corner of the living room for the litter box or the grass patch outside.

Dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, birds…the list goes on as to the types of pets that people have in their homes and subsequently treat like family. Or sometimes even better than family!

With owning a pet comes responsibilities such as taking them to the vet for annual checkups. Other responsibilities are out of necessity, such as cleaning up after they make a mess from turning over the food dish or the unpleasant clean up from hacking or barfing - or other issues that create a smelly, visible mess that must be dealt with.

Pet accidents happen to every pet owner. So here are a few basic steps to consider when cleaning up “accidents”.

#1 Scrape or wipe it up — all of it

No matter the mess, whether tossed up food bits, a hacked-up hairball, or urine or feces on the carpet, the first order of business is to clean up excess residue. There’s no point applying a cleaning product or deodorizer if it's something you can remove easily with a few paper towels.

#2 Blot and blot. And then blot some more.

Now is the time to get as much moisture (gross!) out of the carpet or off the flooring material, or even off furniture. Using white, absorbent paper or cloth towels, push down on the affected area. Do not scrub. It is best to absorb as much moisture as you can and as quickly as you can.

#3 Apply product — and clean!

The final step is to clean up all remaining residue from the surface. Although most surfaces are fairly durable and can handle mild cleaning agents, it's always best to pretest colors and fabrics before adding cleaning products to make sure there won't be any color loss or bleeding. Get some ideas for the best products from your local carpet cleaning company. Control the amount applied to the area by using a flip-top bottle or adding any product to a separate white, absorbent paper or cloth towel. Work the product into the area and to clean away the contamination. If you remove it when fresh, there should be no residual issues.

Sounds easy, right? It’s not always this easy though. So when you have a cleaning challenge, do the right thing and call us at 770-765-1221. After all, it pays to call your pro!

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