One of the biggest problems any pet owner will ever encounter is fleas. Fleas can be especially problematic in households that contain a great deal of carpet, which is why it’s important to take proactive measures to eliminate them. Here are some carpet cleaning tips you can use to rid your rug of fleas once and for all.
General Housekeeping Practices
- Wash any linens or bedding your pet may have come into contact with in very hot water and then dry in a clothes dryer to remove fleas and their larvae.
- Shampoo any upholstered furniture using a hand-held machine or an upholstery cleaning tool
- Sprinkle a mixture of Borax and salt into your carpets and allow it to sit overnight before vacuuming. Repeat as often as needed.
- Wash or vacuum draperies, particularly those in rooms where your pet frequently spends a great deal of time.
Vacuum your carpets thoroughly on a daily basis, to include underneath and behind furniture. Use a crevice tool to get near baseboards. When you’re finished, discard your vacuum cleaner bag outdoors, or empty your cup by placing the contents inside a plastic shopping bag and then putting it into an outdoor garbage can.
A re-infestation will likely occur unless you remove all fleas from your pet. This means you should be extremely diligent about bathing and flea-combing your animal. If your pet regularly spends time outdoors, you may need to have your yard treated as well.
The hot water extraction method of carpet cleaning is the most effective one when it comes to eliminating fleas. Not all do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines have this capability, which is why you should contact us for assistance.