Dogs and Carpet: Simple Tips for Clean Carpets

We have dogs. We also have carpet. Sometimes these two things don't go together very well. Especially when messy dogs stain our carpet. Here are some simple tips for keeping your carpets clean if you live with furry friends.

Clean dogs = clean carpets: Bathing your dogs regularly can keep that dog smell out of your carpets. Keeping up with brushing avoids clumps of hair all over the house as well.

Wipe their paws: Paw prints running across your room just aren't cute. Wipe your dog's paws each time they come in from outdoors and you'll be amazed at the reduction in traffic dirt around the house.

Try club soda: For small stains, club soda can work well: after soaking the stain with soda water take towels and blot (don't rub!) until the stain is gone.

Borax to the rescue: Mix one part borax with two parts baking soda or cornstartch. Clean up the mess as well as you can with a towel then apply the borax mixture. Let stand for one hour then vacuum it up.

Let the enzymes take care of the spot: After a dreaded "accident" use a natural enzyme product to clean up the spot.

Buy natural, uncolored food: Dog food that has color added can stain your carpet should it come back up the wrong way. Avoid stains by getting food without any added color.

Vacuum regularly: Not only does frequent vacuuming extend the life of your carpet it removes dirt avoiding getting grime ground into the pile.

What are your tips to keep your carpets safe from pets?

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