How To Clean Pet Stains From Your Carpets
A dog or cat is not just a pet but a family member. Like any family member, most of the time they're totally lovable but there are occasions where they may frustrate you. Leaving stains on the carpets is certainly one of those moments.
Imagine that you've just cleaned the house on a Saturday morning. Everything is looking spotless and smells delightful. You turn around and to your horror the family pet has left an unsightly mess on the carpet. They never mean to do it but nonetheless pee, poop and muddy paw prints can make quite a mess and cause a great deal of frustration.
Before going and getting a quote from a carpet cleaner you might want to give the cleaning a go yourself. Because the truth is that pet stains, although smelly, aren't difficult to clean if you have the right products, use the right method and possess the right attitude. Let's begin...
Remove Your Pet and Spring To Action
First things first take the animal to a separate location. Moving them outside or in the bathroom is a good option. If it's unusual behaviour there may have been something that triggered it such as separation anxiety. You don't want a repeat of the process on the opposite side of the floor. Isolating them ensure that won't happen. Once that's done it's time to get to work. Don't delay because time is of the essence.
Use Simple Household Items To Clean Naturally
Believe it or not these stains can be cleaned using regular household items. All you're going to need is water (distilled is preferable but not essential), vinegar and some baking soda. A fragrance aid such as Febreze is also helpful if you have it but not necessary. Dampen a cleaning towel with cold water and lightly dab at the stain. If you have a spray bottle combine the vinegar with water and spray it on the stain at regular intervals. If not, then add a dash of vinegar straight from the bottle. Be careful not to add too much.
Once you're happy with the stain removal cover the damp area with baking soda. This will help to lift the stain and absorb whats left into the powder. This step is very important because while the stain might be removed, microscopic particles will linger. These particles, over time, cause a nasty odour to radiate from the carpets. Gently press the baking soda into the carpet with your fingers (use gloves if you have them). Be gentle as a light touch is all that's required.
Now all you have to do is wait for the powder to dry. When it feels dry to the touch run over it with a vacuum cleaner. Remove as much of the powder as you can and it'll take the stain and odour causing bacteria right along with it.
Repeat Repeat Repeat
We should warn you that one pass may not completely remove the stain. You might notice that once dry an outline or off colour section still exists. This isn't a cause for concern. Simply repeat the cleaning process until the stain is completely removed. If you like, spray some Febreze to finish things off.
So there you have it. A simple way to clean dog and cat stains from your carpets in no time at all. Once you follow these steps you'll be back to showing your pet affection in no time.
Thank-you to Michael for the excellent informationa above - be sure to get in touch with him if your pet has made an extra big mess and you need professional carpet cleaning!