When you become a dog owner you reap many rewards: companionship, loyalty and unconditional love. But even with the most lovable and loyal puppy, comes a messy, and sometimes smelly home—especially during those months in which you’re potty training your beloved pet. Just like any other part of your home, your tiles require regular maintenance as you teach your puppy the “do’s” and “don’ts”. Here are some tips to keep your tiles stain free and as good as new.
Redirect Your Puppy to Go Outside (and Minimize Your Risk of Accidents in the Home)
When you first take home your puppy, you may be tempted to smother it with love and affection (why not?) as well as keeping it inside, day and night. Doing so can actually harm your floors, since being inside will increase the chance for it to have an accident on your beautiful tile floors.
The sooner you are able to train your puppy to go to the bathroom outside on your grass (as opposed to your beautiful kitchen tile) the easier potty training will be. The easiest way to do this is by keeping a close watch on your puppy at all times. If he starts to go potty on your tiles, make a loud noise (so he’s paying attention) and scoop him up and place him on the grass in your backyard.
Additionally, never ‘reward’ your puppy with affection or treats when he’s tinkled on your titles! Sending mixed messages only delays the potty training process. Repeat, and continue to repeat until he’s learned where to go—and where not to!
Clean Up Your Puppy’s Mess as Soon as Possible
Whether it is carpet or tile you’re dealing with, the solution for a soiled floor is the same: clean up the mess as soon as you can! All you need is baking powder, paper towels and white vinegar. Start by soaking up the puddle of urine with paper towels. Next, you’ll want to pour ½ cup of white vinegar onto the stain, leaving it to sit for about ten minutes.
Then, sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons (depending on the size of the stain) onto the vinegar, which will cause some foaming to appear. After a few moments, wipe it away with some paper towels. Take a few paper towels that are damp with luke warm water, wipe up the stained area and you’re done!
A Fool Proof Trick to Never Miss an Accident
As a dog owner, you probably wonder how to minimize those inevitable puppy accidents so that you can maintain beautiful tile. When it comes to your puppy, it’s all about observing and reacting—quickly! When you’re away from home and your puppy is in the house, accidents can and will happen from time to time. So, take advantage of accidents when you’re home. In fact, downright eliminate them by leashing your dog to your waist as soon as you get home!
This tactic is a very effective way to train your puppy that your tile is off limits! As soon as you walk through your front door, get in the habit of leashing your puppy to your belt loop. No matter what age or what breed it is, this is a fool proof way to expedite the potty training process, while keeping your tiles in tip top shape! If he tries to pee on your tile, pull him away, scoop him up and place him outside. Repeat as needed.
It does take some time to potty train your puppy, and occasionally, accidents will ensue. However, the quicker you react and respond will make all the difference—and allow your puppy to learn that your tile is off limits at all times! Whether on tile or carpet, Chem-Dry's professional tile and grout cleaning can blast away those accidents you can’t. They’re tough on pet odor removal so that your home can stay as healthy as possible.