Your Home and Your Pets

Written by: Chris Wadsworth

Tips for Cleaning Pet Stains

Tips for Cleaning Pet StainsIt seems so much easier to take your pet for a walk when the weather is nice and warm. When the colder months approach you must be more flexible as the walk may not be cleared of snow and ice or just when it is time to go the weather does not cooperate. Accidents happen. When they do it’s not that our little friends were very bad and we just need some nice tips for cleaning pet stains.

Knowing how to get pet stains out of a carpet is a necessary skill for pet owners.

Pet Urine

Even a well-trained pet can have an accident. Therefore, you need to know how to clean dog urine from carpet.

First, clean up pet urine as quickly as possible. If not right after it happens then while it’s still wet. Once it dries, it is harder to clean, and the odor will set into the carpet fibers.

Place a towel or a couple of layers of paper towels on the spot to absorb the urine. Stand on the towel so it pushes into the carpet and absorbs as much urine as possible.

Next, mix up a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda for each quarter cup of solution. Put solution into a spray bottle and spray on soiled area.

Let the solution sit for 5 minutes.

Blot with a soft absorbent cloth or paper towels.

We recommend that you make this cleaning solution in advance and have the spray bottle ready. It will help you to be organized and you will be able to clean up the stain more quickly and easily.

Also, a final step to make the stain fully disappear is to wait for the carpet to be almost dry (2-3 hours) and then sprinkle some baking soda on to the carpet. Lightly rub the baking soda into the area and then let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then vacuum the area and you will not even know that it happened!

To prevent a 2nd accident it is important to have the area completely clean. If a pet smells urine in a certain location, then they may think it is OK to pee in that place again. If you do not clean up completely then you are more likely to have a repeat performance.

Pet Vomit

Pet vomit contains acid. The acid in vomit can stain a carpet fast. Therefore, again clean up the accident as quickly as possible. Use paper towels to clean up any large pieces. Blot with a towel to clean up the moisture.

Mix a solution of 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture and apply to the soiled area. Blot lightly. Repeat this several times until you are satisfied.

When the stain is no longer visible, remove cleaning solution by putting a cloth dipped in clean water on the area. Blot dry with a towel or paper towels.

I keep a bottle of this solution in the trunk of my car as I have one furry friend that gets car sick.

Here is another cleaning option that also works well.

First, again, remove the large pieces and blot up the moisture.

Mix a solution of 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent in a bowl. Sprinkle baking soda on the soiled area. Pour the liquid solution into the baking soda and the stain.

Gently rub the area with a soft-bristled brush or cloth. Let it sit for 10 minutes (longer if the vomit has dried.) Use a towel to remove as much liquid as possible, then vacuum the area.

For a tough stain, you may have to repeat these steps.

Note that to clean up quickly and completely is very important. If a pet smells urine in a certain location then they may think it is OK to pee in that place. If you do not clean up completely then you are more likely to have a repeat performance.

A Clean Vision Carpet Cleaning

If you need your carpets to have a deep and complete clean then consider giving us a call. We have professional deep cleaning equipment. A Clean Vision can help your carpets look much better and we can remove most odors completely and most stains.

We also have large high air-flow fans to help dry your carpets. A Clean Vision has made a commitment to cleaning carpets and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

Call A Clean Vision at 802-295-6065 if you live in the Upper Valley and need a carpet cleaning.

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