The United States is home to approximately 68 million dog owners and 73 million cat owners, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. “Accidents” on carpet requires quick cleanup to remove bacteria and odor. IICRC recommends these tips to maintain a clean and healthy home.
Extract the moisture Place an inch‐thick layer of paper towels on the area and place a color‐fast, absorbent towel on top to absorb moisture. Leave it in place overnight.
Seal the floor underneath Repeated accidents can lead to deep odor penetration into underlying concrete or wood. Treat under floors before installing new carpet. Thoroughly clean, disinfect and seal concrete floors. With wood floors, cut out and replace wood rot. Disinfect the stained area and apply wood sealer.
Enlist a certified professional Without specialized chemicals and extraction equipment, pet owners may not be able to completely remove animal soiling from carpet. To remove stubborn odor and stains, IICRC recommends hiring qualified professionals for deep extraction cleaning and specialty stain removal.
To locate an IICRC Certified Firm in your area, visit www.iicrc.org or call 1‐800‐835‐4624.