How to get rid of fleas in your carpet and upholstery
It’s never fun when your pets end up with fleas, and even less fun when you know they’ve brought the fleas into your home and now it’s all over your carpets and upholstery! So, how do you get rid of fleas in your carpets/upholstery?
Here are 5 simple steps you can do that will work most of the time:
1. The first thing you should do is vacuum your carpet thoroughly. You may have to vacuum for about a week, consecutively, in order to get rid of heavy infestations of these pests. Be sure to focus on areas your pet likes to frequent as well as high traffic areas like entryways and hallways. You should also pay particular attention to the area near your baseboards and under your furniture.
2. Since fleas can jump, it’s also a good idea to vacuum your furniture as well because these fleas can jump right back down to that carpet area you just cleaned.
3. After vacuuming, it’s a good idea to throw the vacuum cleaner bag outside your house to prevent any fleas from getting back inside your home. If your vacuum cleaner uses a canister, empty the contents into a plastic bag and throw that bag outside. Be sure to tie the bag up tightly.
4. Once you’ve finished vacuuming your carpets and furniture, you should seriously consider steam cleaning over those same areas. The steam will kill both the fleas and their eggs. If you don’t have a steam cleaner, you can either rent one, or call in a professional carpet cleaner as they will have the equipment and expertise to get rid of these pesky fleas.
5. The last thing you should do is clean your pet’s bedding. Throw them into your washing machine on a sanitary cycle if you have it, then into the dryer at the hottest setting. You may have to do this daily until all signs of fleas are gone
Some other home remedies to try, if you still find you have a flea problem, include:
1. Dish soap - create a flea trap with a dish of soap and water. The solution acts like glue to trap the fleas as they jump into the dish or bowl. The contents of the dish should be dumped and refreshed each day. It's good to do this overnight as fleas are nocturnal
2. Baking soda - sprinkle some baking soda over the tops of your carpet and furniture then brush it into the fabric/carpet. Leave it on for a few minutes, then vacuum thoroughly and remember to empty the contents of your vacuum into a plastic bag and throw it outside your home
3. Salt - finely ground salt works best and acts as a dehydration agent to get rid of adult fleas. Sprinkle liberally over your carpets and furniture, then leave it to rest for one or 2 days before vacuuming up
4. Lemon - slice some lemon and boil with a pint of water, then pour into a spray bottle and let sit overnight before using. Then, the next day, spray over your furniture and carpets. Be sure not to soak anything
5. Plants that repel fleas - there are certain plants that fleas like to avoid. These include Penny Royal, Lavender, Spearmint and Chrysanthemums. You can place these plants throughout your house as a great natural way to repel fleas from your home
The main thing you want to do when you find out you have a flea infestation in your home, is to remedy it as quickly as possible. Generally, fleas can live in your carpets for an average of 3 months! So, you definitely want to get rid of them as soon as possible. If you don’t do anything, fleas can stay indefinitely because they’ll have you and your pets to continuously feed off of - something nobody really wants!
If you really want to be sure that you’re rid of these pests, the best thing to do is give your professional carpet cleaner a call. They will have the specialized equipment and knowledge of how to get rid of them quickly! We, at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so give us a call and we can get a technician out as soon as possible.
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