Your love your pets like your own children. In your mind, your beloved pets can do no wrong.
But at some point, your pet will stain your carpet. Especially when they’re very young, and when they are very old.
And, although you still love them, you do not love the mess they leave behind on your rugs.
There are all kinds of at-home tips or commercial products on the market to deal with pet stains, and if the stains are small, one of these might work. Bigger stains, long-term stains, and extra-yucky stains will need a better pet stain remover.
Here are some tips for dealing with tough stains from the carpet pros.
Deal With Solids ASAP
It is important to pick up any solid material, like pet poop or vomit, as soon as the mess is made. Wearing gloves, use a butter knife, spoon, or a dustpan to remove the solids, and don’t push the solids further into the carpet with your fingers.
A window squeegee is helpful for pickup purposes if you find the solids have already dried.
Blot Out Liquid ASAP
You want to keep any liquid in the stain from spreading, so immediately blot the stain with a towel. Don’t rub the stain in, simply stand on the towel or press on the towel with an old shoe. Be prepared to repeat the process a couple of times until most of the liquid is absorbed.
DIY Stain Remover
You can use vinegar and baking soda to make a stain and odor remover as a first step to getting rid of the stain. Sprinkle baking soda directly on the stain, then, use a 50-50 mix of water and vinegar to spray on the baking soda.
Let this solution sit on the stain for at least 10 minutes, then blot. Repeat if needed.
Enzyme-Based Pet Stain Remover
If your DIY remover does not get rid of all the odor or stain, you can try an enzyme-based stain remover. You can purchase this type of cleaner on amazon or at any pet store.
Enzyme-based pet stain removers work by crystallizing the urine in the stain and neutralizing the odor. You will need to spray the stain thoroughly and leave the solution on for several hours so it can do the job.
Getting Rid of Stubborn Odor
The odor from a pet accident can last long after the stain itself is gone. In addition to the enzyme cleaners/odor neutralizers, you can try using vodka diluted with water to combat odor.
Another tip is to spray borax on the stain, which will also help treat mold and mildew inside the carpet fibers.
Also, essential oils have powerful scents and can neutralize pet odors. use caution with these, as some oils can be dangerous to animals. Know which oils are safe to be used around pets.
At-Home Carpet Cleaning Machine
If pet accidents are frequent in your home, consider investing in an at-home carpet cleaning machine that provides hands-free spot and stain removal. These machines, which do not use steam, are a better choice than commercial steam cleaners, which can do permanent damage to your carpet.
Do not try to use a steam cleaner on your own. If you steam clean yourself and do not use the correct shampoo product, odors and stains will become worse when the water hits, making things worse than before the cleaning.
If steam cleaning is the only remaining solution, you should leave it to the pros.
You’ve Tried These, Now What?
If you’ve tried all the above suggestions, and are still living with stubborn stains, or lingering odors, it’s time to call the professional carpet cleaner to come to your home for a consultation and a deep cleaning.
What the Pros Can Do For You
There are several reasons you should trust your pet stain problems to a professional carpet cleaning service.
The most important: the stain you have worked so hard to remove will have soaked into the bottom layers of the carpet, where traditional sprays and other DIY methods cannot reach.
A professional carpet cleaner will be able to determine the extent of the stain, and in some cases, will be able to perform controlled flooding of product to the entire depth of the carpet.
Another trick of the pros is to use a black light to locate urine stains you might not be able to see, but can still smell. The black light will reveal the uric acid crystals in urine stains, helping the pro to locate all stains and smells.
Both dog and cat urine contain ammonia, which is an irritant to the lungs, and if your pet is carrying any type of bacteria in their waste, that bacteria can be spread to the humans in the house. Hiring a pro to attend to the job from the start will help you avoid this risk completely.
If you find older stains in your house, call the rug cleaner right away, as these stains will have a higher ph level, which is harder to get out permanently.
Pros have access to steam machines and different types of solvents not commercially available, and will often provide you with an estimate for your particular situation.
In general, a deep rug cleaning every 6 – 12 months is a good idea, especially if you have had pet messes at any time. Your professional will know what products will be best for your carpet, and can keep your carpet in great shape.
Call Your Professional Rug Cleaner Today
Don’t let your house become a breeding ground for smells and germs. Contact us today to schedule a carpet evaluation and a deep cleaning of all the carpets in your home. We have the products and equipment you need for all your carpet stain problems.
A fair and reasonable estimate will be presented to you after an inspection of your carpet, and the work is guaranteed. Let the professionals take care of your carpet and become your number one pet stain remover.