Those of you who have had your precious companion infected with a Parvo Virus know how devastating and very stressful it is. As the cooler weather sets in so does the threat of the Parvo virus. With the Parvo virus comes the diarrhea and vomiting, which can leave stains all over your carpet and upholstery. Affordable Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning will cover how to remove the stains and disinfect your upholsteries and carpet of the virus.
Canine Parvovirus Facts & Symptoms
Parvo virus gains strength as the cooler season sets in. The virus loves cold areas like dirt, concrete, and rock. It can survive in those places for about a year. Researchers discovered that the virus can only survive in fabrics for about six months (which is still a really long time). The Parvo Virus is extremely contagious and is spread through the feces and possibly the vomit of other dogs as well. Once your dog is infected with the virus, it will usually require hospitalization for several days. If you allow your home and yards to go unchecked, the virus will re-infect your dog all over again. You will need to disinfect your entire home in and outside to prevent your dog getting sick again. Outdoor and hard surfaces can be disinfected with 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. This is an effective way to remove the Parvo virus from those surfaces. However carpet and upholstery can be much more difficult. Not only does the virus sink deep into the fibers, it’s also the nature of the diarrhea. When a dog becomes infected with Parvo it causes the stomach lining to bleed resulting in bloody diarrhea.
How to Clean & Disinfect Parvo from Carpets
Again you will want to clean the entire carpeted area as well as your upholstery if your dog came in contact with them. We recommend using a carpet steamer. Begin with using straight hot water and steam clean the entire carpet. This will lift the stain off the surface. After you have completed the first surface washing, focus next on removing the stains. Use either a commercial pet stain remover or you can use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. This mixture may help lift the diarrhea stain better if blood is present. Follow that with the hot water in the steamer to remove the stain. Next you will need to disinfect the carpet with a cleaning solution. Find a pet-safe disinfectant that is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill the parvovirus. You will find it on the label. Next you will want to put this inside the carpet steamer. Each requires a different level of dilution. Read the label for directions. Use the steamer filled with the disinfectant to clean your carpets. You may want to rewash with hot water again. Read the label on the disinfectant solution to see if it’s suggested. You can do this same process on your upholsteries if you fear it has been infected with the Parvo virus as well.
Carpet Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal in Houston, Katy, Richmond, Sugar Land, Texas
Affordable Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning would like to help those who are undergoing the stress and heartache of having your precious companion recovering from Parvo. We want to aid you in preparation for their return home with no fear of them becoming sick with Parvo again. We wish your pet a speedy recovery and offer our expert carpet cleaning and pet stain removal services.