Man’s Best Friend, Carpet’s Biggest Foe

When we think of our pets we probably think of the joy, happiness, and companionship that they bring to our home. We consider them to be part of the family and love them like our children. What we might not think of however, is the germs and bacteria that they bring to our home as well. Every time our pet walks into our home, they are bringing a variety of dirt, allergens, waste, and other messes with them. Over time, this can be damaging to floors, carpets, and our health. Just as we love and care for our dog, we also take pride in our home as well. That’s why it is so important to keep our carpets clean and free of pet odors and dander. This infographic is a great resource to provide insight on what your dog is leaving behind in your carpet, as well as some solutions for maintaining a clean and healthy home.

Dog is man’s best friend but…

Do you know what your dog is leaving on your carpet?

We love our dogs along with the loyalty and companionship they bring us. But dogs make messes and bring the dirty outdoors into our homes and onto our clean carpets.

Saliva

A dog has at least 20 species of bacteria in its mouth.

Pet Waste (urine/feces)

There are 23 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste.

Fleas/Ticks

Americans spend about 9 billion per year controlling fleas – the largest expense for pet owners.

Dander

An estimated 10% of the population is allergic to animals, with pet dander being the main cause.

Dirt

Studies show that dirt carries many different species of bacteria and one square foot of carpet can hold one pound of dirt.

How it affects you
& your Family

What’s left behind by our beloved pets can lead to indoor air quality issues and contribute to several health concerns for our family.

Allergies

 

Stomach Illness

 

Skin Infections

 

Worsened Asthma

 

Solutions for conquering these issues

Treat Pee Stains Immediately

Treat pee stains immediately to keep urine from seeping into your carpet padding causing permanent damage, plus dogs will return to the same spot. Keep an odor remover on hand for fresh urine and call carpet professional to treat older accidents to get rid of strong odor problems.

Have Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned

Vacuuming alone is not enough. The EPA recommends homes with young children and pets have their carpets professionally cleaned every 3-6 months for the most effective removal of accumulated dog hair, odor, stains and outdoor contaminants that come with pet ownership.

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