Let’s face it– if you have pets, they’re going to have accidents no matter how well you train them. There will likely come a time when your dog gets into the trash and eats something that upsets her stomach, or your cat gets sick and throws up on the carpet.
And while these accidents don’t leave us loving our pets any less, it’s impossible to enjoy cleaning up the messes they leave behind.
Below are three proven methods to remove pet stains and odors from your carpet.
1.Try A Homemade Solution
DIY cleaning solutions can save you money, trips to the store, and are generally effective at eliminating surface stains.
However, before using any of the following solutions, test a small area first to make sure it doesn’t discolor your carpet. Also, don’t scrub too hard because this can push the stain farther into your carpet fibers. Gently blot the affected area instead.
Baking Soda And Vinegar
Cover the stained area in vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on stop. Cover the stain with a dish or towel then wait 1-2 days. Scoop up the dried baking soda, rinse with cool water, then blot dry with a towel.
In a spray bottle, combine a quarter teaspoon dishwashing detergent (not dish soap or laundry detergent) with a cup of warm water. Spray on the stain, repeat as needed, then towel dry.
Rinse the stained area with a solution of two tablespoons of ammonia and one cup of water. Towel dry.
In a spray bottle, mix four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons of warm water, and a couple drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain, rinse, and towel dry.
2.Use A Store Bought Stain Remover
Instead of making your own cleaning solution, try a stain remover you can buy in a bottle. Be sure to look for formulas that are non-toxic for your pets.
Blot away as much of the stain as you can first, then try a solution like Resolve, OxiClean, or Spot Shot. Rinse the area to remove residue, then towel dry.
It’s key to not use too much cleaner as this leaves behind sticky residue that makes the problem worse.
3.Professional Pet Stain Removal in Logan, UT
While all of these pet stain removal solutions above may work in the short term, it’s important to remember that these will only remove surface level stains.
When pet urine soaks deep into your carpet fibers, it leaves behind potent odor crystals deep beneath. These will continue releasing odors and bacteria into your home unless eliminated with a professional stain removal treatment.
It’s important to keep up with spot treatments and maintaining surface stains but remember to schedule a professional pet stain removal treatment at least twice each year.