Our pets are members of our family that we wouldn’t trade for the world. However, accidents happen to even the best trained animals, and sometimes we find ourselves cleaning up after our furry friends. Here is how to clean up some common pet stains and keep your carpet looking and smelling fresh.
Urine is probably the most common issue you will run into when dealing with pet stains. There are different methods to removing this type of stain depending on the age of the stain and other factors.
Dish Soap and Water
- Always begin by blotting up the stain as quickly as possible. If you find that the stain has already dried onto the carpet – don’t panic, there are still ways to remove it.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of warm water, mixing until the water is sudsy.
- Pour the water directly onto the stain. The entire stain should be covered in the mixture and soaked through.
- Blot with a dry paper towel, trying to soak up as much of the liquid soap mixture as possible. Once you have soaked up all the possible liquid, you can vacuum the spot to remove the excess mixture from your carpeting.
- Repeat this step with the same mixture and blotting pattern until the stain is gone.
Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Peroxide
- Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part water and fully soak the stained area with the mixture.
- Blot the stain with a clean rag and work the solution deep into the carpet – but do not rub the mixture into the stain – you risk setting it into the carpeting further.
- Scrub the stain using a scrub brush. Press firmly and use back and forth motions to draw the stain to the surface.
- Start blotting with clean paper towel until the stain is gone!
- Once you’ve removed the stain, sprinkle with baking soda to help with the odor.
Removing solid waste from carpeting follows these steps:
- Start by disposing of any of the solid waste possible. Use gloves while cleaning to protect yourself from bacteria and parasites.
- Warm two cups of water and mix one tablespoon of dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar together.
- Use a clean sponge and apply the solution to the stain on the carpet.
- Blot the stain until the water is absorbed completely. Keep repeating until the stain disappears.
Acting quickly is the key to removing vomit and keeping stains from setting.
- Clean up as much as possible from the carpeting using a paper towel. Try not to push the vomit into the carpeting.
- Use cold water to clean the area. Fill a spray bottle and spray down the spot. Start blotting up the water with clean towels.
- Now mix warm water (2 cups) with 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir the salt into the water until it is fully dissolved. Then add ½ cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to the mixture.
- Using a clean sponge, saturate the area with the mixture.
- Start using the sponge to wipe away any remaining vomit from the carpet until all that remains is a wet spot of cleaning solution.
- Blot the area with clean towels until the space is dry and clean.
Call a Professional
At Rytech of SWLA, we have professional carpet cleaners ready to help with the tough stains. Call us today or schedule an appointment online for a free carpet cleaning estimate from our carpet cleaning team. We’re ready to help your carpet look like new!