Many families own pets. They provide loyalty, comfort, and affection; often when we seem to need it the most. But sometimes, our furry loved ones can have the occasional accident, or even what seems to be a chronic one. No matter the circumstances, you now have pet stains and the accompanying odors that are associated with it. Today, we at the Heart of Texas Chem-Dry would like to share some tips and advice on how to remove the pet stains and odors.
General Pet Stain Removal Tips
Note: During the stain and odor removal process, there are some things you need to apply to the process and some things you need to avoid; below you will find the basics.
– Do not use HOT water to treat pet stains; it will most likely set in the stain.
– Test all cleaners and home remedies in an inconspicuous area to ensure it does not compromise the integrity or color of your carpet.
– Dyes or print from paper towels, rags, and towels have the ability to be transferred onto carpet during treatment.
– Avoid rubbing or scrubbing as it will only increase the depth of the stain. Start working on the outer rims of the stain and work your way towards the center.
– Do not over saturate with cleaning solutions or water.
Pet stains are a protein based stain and to effectively remove the stain and odors you need enzymes, as they possess the capability to break down protein stains. If you opt to use a premade carpet cleaner designed for pet stains and odors, ensure enzymes are incorporated in the formula.
Supplies Needed to Treat Pet Stains & Odors
You will need the following supplies to treat the stains and odors:
– 2 Cups Distilled Vinegar
– 2 Cups Lukewarm Water
– 4 Heaping Tablespoons Baking Soda
– Spray Bottle (optimal) or bowl/bucket
– Sponge or cloth
How to Remove New & Old, Set in Urine Stains
1. Immediate Action. There is a dramatic difference between treating a pet stain fresh and one that has had time to set in. With your choice of rag or paper towel (or a series of them), blot up the excess liquid and solid mess should be picked up. Following the blotting, use an additional dry rag placed on the area with a heavy weight on top of it, allowing it to stand on the weight for a couple of minutes. The more liquid absorbed the better, and the easier the stain and odors will be removed.
2. Combine white distilled vinegar and lukewarm water in a squirt bottle, bucket, or bowl. Add the baking soda slowly as it will fuzz and the mess will need to be contained. Apply generously without over saturation and allow it to set for approximately 5 minutes.
3. With a dry cloth or towel blot the area well.
4. Place an additional dry towel and weight it down; allow the area to dry and follow up with a vacuum.
Additional Note: If you discover a pet stain that has dried out, spray lightly with water and generously sprinkle baking soda and allow the baking soda to absorb the liquid; takes 10-30 minutes. Vacuum the area once it has thoroughly dried