Love your pets but turned off by the nasty odors they leave behind? If you have pets in the home it’s inevitable that accidents happen and stains and odors will be in your future. However, treating these messes doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
Here 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 and trips to the store, and are generally effective and eliminating surface stains.
Before putting any of the following solutions on your floors, be sure to test a small area first to make sure it doesn’t discolor your carpet. Also, don’t scrub too hard as 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 vengar, 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 ammonia and one cup of water. Towel dry.
In a spray bottle, mix four tablespoons hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons 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 not to use too much cleaner as this leaves behind sticky residue that makes the problem worse.
3 – Schedule Routine Professional Cleanings
While the solutions above may work in the short term, it’s important to remember that these will only remove surface stains.
Pet urine soaks deep into your carpet fibers, leaving potent odor crystals deep beneath. These will continue releasing odors and bacteria into your home unless eliminating with a professional treatment.
While it’s important to keep up with spot treatments and maintaining surface stains, remember to schedule a professional pet urine removal treatment at least twice each year.