SAN FRANCISCO - May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - "We all love our pets, but we don't love to deal with pet stains or with furniture coated with pet hair during shedding season," Bob Kearn , President and CEO of COIT, said. "Many of our customers struggle with these common problems, so we have some cleaning tips that will help homeowners live happily side-by-side with their pets."
The first step in dealing with one of the most common pet problems – urine spots on floors or furniture – is to locate the soiled area by sight or smell, or with the help of a black light (such lights can be purchased at a home supply store). Lightly outline the area(s) with chalk, and then re-train your pet using positive reinforcement techniques.
The key to proper re-training is to show your pet the appropriate place to eliminate (outdoors or in a litter box, for example), and to make the "accident zone" unattractive and/or unavailable. Re-training tips are available from The Humane Society of the United States. If you have a dog, you might want to work with a professional dog trainer, while a pet behaviorist can be helpful with both dogs and cats. If you are concerned that indoor urination is a sign of a health problem, immediately consult your veterinarian.
COIT's online Spot Removal Guide offers step-by-step instructions for removing urine spots from carpets or upholstery. For carpets, for example, blot the damp area with a clean towel or with paper towels to prevent as much absorption as possible. A shop-vac can be used to extract any remaining urine. Using a solution made of one-quarter teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one cup of water, use a spray bottle to spray the spot. After the solution has set, use the shop-vac, a cotton cloth, or paper towels to absorb as much remaining moisture as possible. After rinsing the area with warm water, repeat the initial steps until the spot fades. Then take two tablespoons of ammonia and mix into a cup of water, and rinse the area and repeat until the spot disappears. Or contact a professional cleaner for help with eliminating both spots and smells left by pets.
If repeated urine marking in one area is a problem, it's best to use one of the enzymatic cleaners available at pet stores.
Shedding is another common problem for people with pets, especially during the warmer seasons. Daily brushing will help eliminate some of the problem, but it's also a good idea to sweep and vacuum floors and upholstery more often during shedding season. A lint roller can be helpful when removing pet hair from furniture, or you can try sweeping a hand covered in a rubber glove over the area. Rubber pet brushes can help remove pet hair from carpeting.
"Even when your pet makes mistakes, it's important to remember that he's not being 'bad,' he is behaving in a way that seems natural to him," Kearn said. "Don't yell or punish your pet; it will only confuse and scare him and harm your relationship. Proper training or re-training is the best way to eliminate any pet problem."
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With more than 60 years of industry experience in the U.S., Canada and Thailand, COIT is a leading supplier of carpet, upholstery and drapery cleaning services. The company also provides tile & grout cleaning, air duct cleaning, wood floor cleaning and 24-hour emergency restoration services. COIT's impeccable reputation offers customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing every job will be done right the first time. For information about franchise opportunities, call Pat Saign at (800) 243-8797 X108.
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