As summer comes to a close and fall rolls in, the Parvo Virus reaches its full strength. We know that Parvo is a deadly virus that affects canines worldwide. For those who have had the misfortune of having your canine companion infected with the Parvo Virus, know the virus is in your yard outside and your home inside. Once your dog has been infected, they will need constant care by your veterinarian for the next few days. While they are away, you will need to prepare your home for their return home. Carpet Care 2000 will help guide you in removing any pet stains and rid your home of the Parvo Virus.
How Long Does Parvo Virus Last on Carpets & Other Surfaces
For those who may not fully understand Parvo, know that it is an extremely contagious virus that can be deadly towards canines. This virus is spread through infected dog feces and some believe even vomit. Even if your dog steps on or sniffs an infected area, your dog can contract this terrible virus. Symptoms of Parvo are lack of interest in food, tiredness, and followed by vomiting and diarrhea. Once your dog is diagnosed with Parvo, they will need constant care from your vet. As they are recovering, you will need to disinfect your home or they can get the virus all over again. The hard surfaces can be disinfected with a mixture of 10 parts water to one part bleach. You will want to spray the diluted bleach all over the outside areas that your dog will be exposed to and inside on all hard surfaces. However carpet and other fabrics can’t be sprayed with bleach without leaving bleach stains. This is one of the many reasons why Parvo is hard to get out of carpets. Another reason is that the Parvo sinks deep into the carpet’s fibers. Parvo causes uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea that often stains and infects our carpets.
Protocol for How to Clean, Disinfect & Remove Parvo from Carpet
To clean stains and remove the virus, we suggest you use a carpet steamer. Begin by using just hot water in the carpet steamer and go over your entire carpeted areas. Next let’s deal with the stains. Vomit is usually just bile but the diarrhea stain can be mixed with blood, which is a common aspect of Parvo. For the stains, you can try using any pet stain removers or you can try a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture. This may lift the stains a little better if blood was present in the diarrhea. Allow the cleaner or mixture to sit for 20 minutes. Then use the steamer with just hot water inside to soak and suck up the stain. Once the stains are gone then it is time to disinfect. Look for a pet-safe disinfectant labeled and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that kills the Parvo Virus. There are different types available on the market, read the label for directions. Many require a dilution with water. Use the disinfectant cleaner in the carpet steamer and cover the entire carpeted areas. Make sure to go slow and give the disinfectant time to soak into the carpet. Let the disinfectant set on the carpet. Again see the direction for the length of time required. It may also recommend that you rewash the carpet with hot water again.
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It is never easy to see your precious canine companion go through Parvo. It is important that you take the time to cleanse your home of the virus. If the virus is left unchecked your dog can contract the virus all over again. We at Carpet Care 2000 would like to help you prepare your home for your recovered pet and wish for a speedy recovery. Contact us for all your floor and upholstery cleaning and restoration needs.