Pet Stains on Carpets
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Besides being a lovable and cuddly part of the family, pets are best known for their ability to contribute to smelly messes.
Most people would no doubt agree that pet stains are not fun or easy stains to remove.
Plus, they do more than look awful and smell bad. Pet stains are a perfect area for bacteria to take up residence and grow.
The challenge to remove pet stains and odor from carpeting is one of the most difficult tasks any homeowner can face, but don’t give up just yet.
If nothing seems to work, give some of these tips a go, and say goodbye to unwanted pet stains.
Getting Rid of Pet Odors to Remove Pet Stains
Have you ever felt like indoor pet odors were attacking your nose?
Eventually furniture and carpet will start smelling like the furry creatures that use them, which is never pleasant.
More importantly, if your pet decides to use your carpet as a bathroom, things can start to get a whole lot worse.
Pet urine in the carpet not only leaves an unsightly stain and an unpleasant odor, but it penetrates the fibers and can require specialized cleaning to remove pet stains.
Improper cleaning methods may set a pet stain permanently, and nobody wants that. This is the not-so-glamorous side of being a pet owner.
The biggest thing you can do for yourself is remember to NEVER use harsh smelling chemicals to try and remove pet odors. The chemical itself could actually cause your pet to re-mark the spot again.
Hurry and Soak Up As Much As You Can
If you can soak up most of the urine before it dries, the whole process is going to be a lot easier.
Here are some steps you want to take:
- You can begin by using a paper towel or clothe to lie over the spot and absorb as much liquid as possible. You usually want to use a towel that is closely colored to your carpet as you remove pet stains.
- Replace the first towel with a fresh one, and lightly press down to remove the liquid that has penetrated the carpet.
- Place one final fresh towel over the stain and apply pressure with your weight by stepping on the towel. We would recommend wearing shoes for this step though!
- Once you remove the final paper towel, try to flush the area with room temperature water. You want the water to actually penetrate through the fibers and dilute the pet urine.
- Now, use a dry towel to blot the stain and lift the liquid completely. If you have a vacuum with the capability to pick up water, that would be a great tool to use.
Set-In Carpet Stains
You can’t be there every time there is an accident, which means you may have to deal with dry pet stains.
This could make the cleaning process a little tougher, but don’t despair. Use the following tips to help remove the stain and neutralize the smell.
Often times you’ll be able to identify a stain from either looks or smell, but there are ways to find even the most hidden stains that you might have missed.
Many people don’t realize it, but if you use a black light you’ll be able to find ALL the pet stains and spots in your carpet. Then you can try this technique with a natural stain removal solution:
- It’s best to never use any sort of acidic or corrosive cleaning solution or anything containing chlorine bleach
- You don’t want to ever use any cleaner with colored dyes in the ingredients
- It’s usually best to spray the solution on a clean towel or cloth, and then apply it to the carpet.
- Always use a blotting motion and never rub carpet vigorously. Rubbing may only serve to work the stain further into the carpet and can also damage the fibers, altering the carpet’s appearance.
- When working on a stain, it’s usually best to start from the outside perimeter, and move in toward the middle to prevent spreading the stain and making it larger.
- After the stain is removed, lightly blot up any excess moisture left behind by the solution.
Just remember: with ALL stains, the faster you tend to them, the easier they are to get out.
This Is Where Steamy Concepts Can Help
Home remedies work well for pet stains, however, you can’t beat a deep steam cleaning by a carpet cleaning professional.
There’s no better process to remove pet stains than our professional hot water extraction method with truck mounted units to ensure your carpets get the deepest clean possible.
We take special measures to help eliminate pet odors, like pet treatment and pre spray solutions.
Don’t be fooled by other cleaning methods used by “cheap” carpet cleaners. Any other carpet cleaning processes will probably only make odors worse, as opposed to actually removing the smells and stains.
So let’s get rid of pet stains and odors. The expert carpet cleaning technicians at Steamy Concepts are IICRC certified treat your carpet and remove any unwanted scents, stains, and odors.
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and provide essential advice about how we can help. We look forward to doing a GREAT job for you.