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Natural Solutions For Cat Smells And Cat Hair In Carpet

Carpet cleaning can be tricky when you're a cat owner. Cat odors and cat hair can become deeply embedded in carpet fibers, making it difficult to make the house seem truly clean. These tips will help you keep your carpeting smelling and looking its best.

Use a Carpet Rake

A carpet rake is a lot like what it sounds like: it's a tool that's used to rake carpet fibers and remove foreign objects embedded deep in the pile. Carpet rakes make it easier to vacuum cat hair out of the fibers because they actually lift flattened carpet pile, exposing the spaces far down inside the fibers. Carpet rakes can also rake up cat hair, but to get a rake to do this you'll need to buy a rake specifically made for pet hair.

Deodorize Regularly

Baking soda absorbs odors from everything, including your carpet. To help keep your carpet smelling fresh, deodorize your carpet on a regular basis. Start by sprinkling the carpet with baking soda right before bedtime. You'll need to keep the cat (or cats) out of the room so the baking soda can sit undisturbed. In the morning, vacuum the baking soda out of the carpet. That's it! The baking soda will absorb cat smells in the carpet overnight. Do this on a regular basis to prevent odors from building up in the carpet.

Clean Cat Urine

Cat urine can really ruin carpet if it's not properly cleaned. If possible, clean up the urine spot as soon as it appears. Cleaning the spot when it's fresh can make it easier to remove the odor, but you can clean urine out of your carpet even if a lot of time has passed. In fact, if the stain is so old that you're not even sure where it is, use a black light to find it. Cat urine—even very old cat urine—will appear when put under a black light.

To clean the carpet, start by flushing the spot with cold water and blotting it. Next, mix warm water and vinegar together and douse the spot with the mixture. Let the vinegar and water sit on the stain for a while, then blot it up and let it dry. When the area is completely dry, sprinkle some baking soda on the stain and let the baking soda sit overnight.

Finally, mix some hydrogen peroxide with natural dish soap, then sprinkle some of the mixture over the baking soda. Use a rag to wipe down the carpet, working the mixture into the pile. Let the mixture dry, then vacuum the area.

Know Who to Call When Home Remedies Don't Work

For tough cat-related stains, sometimes you need to call in a professional. When this is the case, contact a reputable, professional carpet cleaning company in your area. Knowing who to turn to can keep your carpet looking and smelling its best. To find out more, speak with a company like Conscientious Carpet Care.