It is that time of year where we are saying goodbye to the warmth of the summer and saying hello to the cold of winter. You may even be saying hello to a deadly virus called Parvo. It’s that time of year when the parvo virus gains strength and will cause harm or death to our beloved canine companions. If your dog caught this dreadful virus you are probably pretty stressed and worried for their life. Once a dog has been diagnosed with parvo it will need constant care from your veterinarian. They will then tell you to prepare your home for their return while you await their recovery. We here at Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning will guide you through the steps of disinfecting your home. Your hardest part will be disinfecting your carpets.
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First, parvo is an extremely contagious virus that is transferred from one dog to another through feces and possibly saliva. You will want to disinfect your entire home and yard. Anywhere your dog may have been in contact with or will be. Disinfecting your home will help prevent your dog from getting the parvo virus again. Outdoors and harder surfaces must be a focus for you because this is where parvo lives the longest and is strongest. However it is the easiest to disinfect. Use a solution of water and bleach. This will do the trick. Use a spray bottle or mop all hard surfaces inside the house. Outside may seem overwhelming but use a plastic tank sprayer filled with diluted bleach and canvas the entire backyard. Especially pay attention where your dog commonly goes potty. Even though outdoor and hard cold surfaces areas can hold the parvo the longest, you will still want to to clean your carpeted areas as well. Parvo can live in carpet fibers for up to six months, and can be one of the most difficult areas to disinfect. The Parvo virus will cause dogs to vomit and have diarrhea. Most often they will have those accidents inside your home and seemingly always on the carpets. If this is the case, you will need to treat your carpet carefully.
How to Get Parvo Out of Carpet
Unlike hard floor and other surfaces where bleaching is a quick and easy option, you can’t really just start throwing bleach onto your carpets. This is where we will instruct you on how to clean and disinfect your carpets. We will suggest using a carpet steamer. If you do not own one, they are easily rented. Start by using hot water in the steamer and canvas the entire carpeted area to do a surface cleaning. If stains occurred you will want to deal with them next. We suggest you use a homemade mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on the stains. You can also use a commercial grade pet stain remover too. However parvo will cause your dog to have some blood inside their diarrhea. Regular commercial pet stain removers are not designed to lift blood out of carpets. That is why the hydrogen peroxide seems to work better to remove the stain. Use the steamer with hot water to remove any stains. Then disinfect the carpet with a pet-safe disinfectant. Check the label to see if it is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill the Parvo Virus. One on the market that can be readily found is Tek-Trol Disinfectant Cleaner. Pour the disinfectant inside the steamer and do a thorough canvas of the carpet again. Read the direction on the label first because each brand varies. Some may require a dilution with water and a have soaking period.
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We wish you luck in preparing your home for your beloved pet’s return. We hope we have helped you say goodbye to the parvo virus and hello to better days with you and your companion. If you require any help or other carpeting needs we here at Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning are here for you.