Carpet Cleaning Pet Stains
We love our pets. They bring us so much joy and laughter and true friendship with no strings attached (well, other than that pesky leash). One thing any pet owner will tell you is the mess left behind by pets on our carpets can really wreak havoc. Since there are so many reasons for the stains, it can be difficult to know how to deal with them and store bought pet stain remedies can be pretty expensive. Here are some remedies for cleaning pet stains off your carpet.
How to Remove Pet Stains from your Carpet
First, it matters if your stain is new or old. It also matters a little bit what it is. Before we get into what you should do, let’s talk about what NOT to do.
Never use ammonia to clean pet stains, especially urine based ones. Since ammonia is basically the primary component in urine itself, it’s like placing a big neon sign that says, “go here!” to your pet.
Second, don’t let it sit any longer than you need to. Clean up messes as soon as they occur or as soon as you discover them.
Finally, try not to rub any messes into the carpet. This will just make it harder to get out, bad smells and all.
To treat new stains:
Soak up as much liquid as possible. Make sure to cleanup any solids as well. When your stain is as dry as possible after using a towel to blot it up, soak it with white distilled vinegar and allow to air-dry. Vacuum as necessary.
To treat older or more stubborn stains:
Soak the area in white distilled vinegar and sprinkle on some baking soda. Do not rub the mixture in. Allow it to air dry with the aid of a fan if possible to speed things up. Vacuum the area again. You can repeat this as necessary.
If your stain is particularly tough, try cold cleaning the area again with water and repeating the vinegar and baking soda routine.
Do not use apple cider vinegar to clean pet stains. It will most likely attract bugs. Also, make sure you test a small area before you do any of the techniques here to make sure your carpet will not be damaged. On some carpet types, this can actually slightly bleach the carpet out when combined with urine.