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. Our professional carpet and tile cleaning teams have some tips for you on how to keep your tile looking its best during the potty training stage.
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 tile cleaning tips to keep your tiles stain-free and as good as new.
When you first bring your puppy home, you’ll be spending lots of time giving him or her love and affection. It’s easy to forget keeping your puppy indoors, day and night, can actually harm your floors.
The more time puppies spend inside the more there is an increase in 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 (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. One way to prevent accidents is to set an alarm for every 20 or 30 minutes. Take your puppy out each time whether you think they need to go potty or not. Regular trips outside will help encourage your puppy to know to go out when they have to pee and will prevent accidents from happening inside.
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!
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:
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!
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. So, it’s important to prevent as many accidents as possible when you are home. In fact, you can 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 breed, this is a foolproof 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 happen. However, the more quickly you react and respond will make all the difference—and allow your puppy to learn that your tile is off-limits at all times!