It is heart breaking when your dear canine companion comes down with the lethal Parvo Virus. You may have heard just how contagious this deadly virus can be, and while your pup is being cared for by your veterinarian, this is your time to disinfect your home. It is highly likely that your home is infested with this virus and so you must prepare your home for your pet’s return. This means disinfecting your home and yard and making sure that you kill any traces of the Parvo virus. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share how to properly disinfect your home and make it a safe place for your dear canine companion to return home to.
How Long Does Parvo Virus Stay in Carpet?
First, it helps to understand some facts about the Parvo virus when doing your disinfecting. One, it is extremely contagious and if left unchecked it could re-infect your dog or any other dog within your home. Another fact is that Parvo is spread through infected canine’s feces and some believe, in their saliva. Even if your pet steps in a place where an infected dog may have vomited or pooped, your pet could catch the virus. The Parvo virus can live nine months to a year in favorable conditions such as dirt, concrete, and soil. It can live up to six months in fabric and carpets. So now you have the basic idea, let’s begin disinfecting your home.
What Kills Parvo on Hard Surfaces Inside Your Home & Outside in Your Yard?
The easiest place is the harder surfaces within your home. You can use diluted bleach on all the hard surfaces such as tile where your pet may have been. Thoroughly mop and spray down the areas with bleach. Same goes for the front or back yards. Wherever your dog may have had access to make sure you thoroughly bleach it, including your lawns. Don’t worry when diluting the bleach, you only need one part bleach to ten parts water blended together. That is enough to kill the virus but not enough to harm plants and lawns. When it comes to bleaching the yard some will use a pressure washer to canvas the yard more efficiently.
How to Get Rid of Parvo on Carpet
Now comes the hard part. Was your dear canine companion on your carpets? They may have vomited or had a diarrhea accident due to the sickness, on your carpets or rugs. This is common with pets that have access to the inside of your home. This means you will need to disinfect your carpets or rugs. However, we know that bleach can cause stains and discoloration on carpets. When it comes to disinfecting your carpets, begin with obtaining a fabric safe detergent that is proven to kill Parvo. For example, Tek-Trol Disinfectant Cleaner is one that is known to be safe on upholsteries, rugs and carpet, but also kills the virus. First step is to perform a surface cleaning of the carpet. Vacuum and then use a carpet shampooer to rinse the surface of the carpet with warm water. Next, look for any diarrhea or vomit stains left on the carpet. For the stains, use hydrogen peroxide, mixed with liquid dish soap and baking soda. This combination can do the trick when it comes to the stains but not so much the virus. Once the stains have been cleaned, use the Tek-Trol Disinfectant Cleaner in your carpet shampooer and make sure you clean the entire area of your carpets, rugs, or even upholstery as directed on the manufacturers label.
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Heart of Texas Chem-Dry sincerely wishes a speedy recovery for your dear canine companion and that your home is now a safe and Parvo free sanctuary for them. Of course, for all your carpet cleaning needs, and so much more, you can call Heart of Texas Chem-Dry.