If you are a proud owner of a pet, then you know how much joy they bring to your life! We all love our pets, and they also love us unconditionally. Pet lovers know that there are numerous benefits of bringing a pet into their lives. However, they also know that accidents happen from time to time. At times pets occasionally slip food whereas some others regularly spoil the carpet, especially the older pets!
How to Remove Stains and Odors?
Whether it is cats or dogs or any other pets, it is normal for them to have a bad day! In the case of babies or senior pets to pass urine, poop, or even vomit on the carpet. It is very troublesome because the smells are powerful. It is not very healthy for humans to live in such conditions.
So, here are a few things that you can try to remove those ugly stains and odors from the carpet.
Best Way to Clean
Knowing to manage and identifying the stains and odors is a useful skill of pet owners. There are many ways to remove stains and odors from carpet. Check the below list:
Clean up urine as soon as possible. Removing it while it is wet as this prevents strong odors. Once it dries, the odor and stain settle into the carpet more firmly. Place a towel or layers of paper towels on the spot to absorb as much as possible. Put pressure on the towel to push it into the carpet.
Next, prepare a solution with 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of warm water, and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Put this solution in a spray bottle and spray it on the stained area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Remove with a soft cloth. If the stains are older and more substantial, you can sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stain. Pour a mixture of vinegar and water on the area, and after 10 minutes, blot it up.
There are acids in vomit that can stain any surface very fast. It would help if you wiped it as soon as possible. Use a dustpan or scraper to remove most of it. Take a towel to blot up as much moisture as possible. Now prepare a solution of 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of any liquid dish soap, and half cup of vinegar. Take a soft cloth or sponge and dip into this mixture. Now apply to the stained area. Put a little pressure and blot. For tougher stains, you may have to do this more than once. Once the stain is gone, you can remove the solution by using a clean wet cloth. Then finally dry it with a paper towel or cloth.
Removing Old Stains
It would help if you tried to clean as soon as the accident happens, but it is not always possible. If you are not around, it can be overlooked. If you find stains on your carpet which are very stubborn and smelling, here are a few things you can try
- Use a carpet stain remover if the stain remains even after cleaning thoroughly
- Use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer after you finish cleaning
- Cleaning agents with ammonia are a big no! Strong chemical smells can encourage your pet to mark that area.
- Steam cleaners can permanently set the stain because of the heat.
- When it is just impossible to clean try to cut it out if possible and replace with another piece
- If everything else fails, call for professional help. Mostly professional services will be able to help you out though it will cost you a bit.
Sometimes it is difficult even to find an old stain, and you can keep wondering about the smell.
Go down and use your nose to sniff out the soiled areas
Look closely to find the hidden dirty areas
Use an ultra-violet or black light to see the stained areas
Is dog urine harmful to humans?
Like any other animal or human waste, the urine of pets has bacteria that can cause illnesses. Some pets may be already have some bacterial infection like leptospirosis, which are known to cause kidney and liver disease. Apart from this, strong odors can cause allergic reactions like watery eyes. Some people also get itchy skins if they come in contact with a soiled area. The best thing to do is to clean up the mess as soon as possible and wear gloves while cleaning.
Tips for cleaning pet stains and odors from carpet
There are some things you must keep in mind while cleaning up after an unfortunate accident that your pet may have had on the carpet.
- Act fast! Try to remove the mess as soon as possible. If you are not around, it isn’t easy, but getting to it quickly will save you a lot of work
- If the carpet is on a wooden floor, lift it before cleaning, or it will damage the floor
- Never use hot water for cleaning. It makes the stain harder to remove. Warm water is best.
- Avoid steam cleaning because, like hot water, it will make the stain permanent.
- Using chemical cleaners with ammonia is not a good idea. Its smell encourages a dog or other pet to mark that area again and again.
- If possible, put the carpet out in the sun. Sunlight and air will get rid of odors.
- Baking soda can be toxic to pets, so keep them away while you clean.
- Close off the area and let the pet come in only after the cleaning is over.
You love your pets and love your carpet, but the two are not made for each other! It is essential for a pet owner to keep the pet clean and healthy but equally essential to keep the surroundings neater and safer! If the mess is not too big, it is always better to use a natural, home-made solution to clean it. This is safer for pets as well as humans. However, if even after trying hard, you are not able to get rid of stains and odors, take help from professionals.