As a pet owner, you know the constant struggle between adoring your pet and hating their messes. We understand that accidents come with owning a dog and in the second you find the mess it can put you in a panic.
There’s good news! Pet messes aren’t something you have to deal with on your own. So that you can rise to the occasion the next time your pet makes its mark, we’ve compiled 3 quick and effective solutions for removing pet stains and odors in carpet.
Your New Go-To Cleaning Solutions
Creating your own DIY cleaning solution at home has become a popular trend over the years due to the amount of money you can save in the process. Plus, truth is, there are several homemade cleaners that are just as effective at lifting surface stains in a more natural and healthy way than store bought cleaners that are created from chemicals and toxins.
No matter what solution you choose to use, start by gently blotting the area with a towel before applying the solution to pick up any excess moisture. Do not scrub as it will push the stain further into the carpet making it harder to clean. It is important to note that homemade cleaners do have the potential to discolor your carpet, so treating a small spot on your carpet first before taking on the entire stain is really important.
Another quick tip! When you dump a lot of cleaner on the affected area all at once it isn’t as effective because it can leave behind a residue that will eventually attract more dirt in the future. Use a small portion of the solution and repeat the process rather than drenching your carpet in hopes of flushing it out. There is such thing as overtreating to the point where the solution will no longer be effective.
Method #1 – Vinegar And Baking Soda
Lightly wet the stain with vinegar, and then sprinkle baking soda on top of the stain. You will hear a reaction between the vinegar and baking soda that will create a fizzy bubbly sound. Music to your ears! This is evidence that the mixture is lifting the stain from your carpet.
Once you hear it begin bubbling, cover the stain with a towel or plastic wrap. Wait for the spot to dry completely (about 2 days) and then scoop the leftover baking soda, rinse the stained area with clean water and pat dry. Vacuum any excess moisture if needed.
Method #2 – Dishwashing Detergent
Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Apply to the stain, repeat as needed, then towel dry and vacuum the area.
It’s important to note! You MUST use dishwashing detergent, not dish soap.
Method #3 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine in a spray bottle with a few drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed. Lightly rinse the area with water, towel dry, and vacuum any leftover moisture.
Store Bought Stain Removers
If the at-home cleaners aren’t your thing, there are several effective stain removers you can purchase at the store. The good news is that there are now several non-toxic formulas that are safe for your family and pets alike.
Before spraying the cleaner, dry up as much moisture as you can with a towel. Spray the cleaner- we recommend OxiClean, Resolve, or Spot Shot—then wipe the excess away with a towel. Rinse the area to remove any leftover residue, then towel dry and vacuum.
Again, always remember to use a small amount of cleaner then repeat the process as needed. Over-saturating the area can deposit dirt-attracting residue to your carpet fibers.
Let Professional Carpet Cleaners Do The Work For You
Staying on top of pet stains is a hassle, and it requires a lot of work to be done right. There’s also a big problem with all of the remedies discussed above: spot treating only removes surface stains, not deep stains and odors.
Even if the stain is only left for a couple of minutes before treatment, pet urine soaks beneath the surface to the carpet backing and sometimes even the carpet pad and hard flooring. Most of the time you don’t actually see the accident happen so you never know how bad the stain really is. As the urine dries, super-concentrated odor crystals are left behind. These smelly crystals will continue releasing odor into your home unless cleaned by a professional.
To effectively remove bacteria, stains, and odors caused by pet urine, it’s vital to schedule an appointment for a professional pet urine removal treatment every 3-4 months.
Do you want a cleaner, healthier home that’s free of bacteria and odors caused by pets? Chem-Dry of Wake County can help!
See how the revolutionary Chem-Dry Pet Urine Removal Treatment works to break down pet odors and stains and schedule your appointment today in Garner, NC with Chem-Dry of Wake County!