It can be extremely frustrating when they make messes in your home, despite how much you love your pets. The unpleasant urine and fecal matter smells and unsightly stains of pet accidents can make anyone want to simply replace them. Unfortunately, most do not have the financial backing to replace carpets every time there is a pet accident. Since most remove the odors and stains, we at American Hometown Services would like to offer some remedies.
DIY Pet Stain Removers
Usually the ingredients are commonly found in your home and when properly combined, can effectively remove stains and eliminate odors. Below are the basics steps to tend to pet accidents on the carpets.
1) Always blot gently with a towel prior to applying the solution.
2) To the stained area, administer small amount of cleaner. If necessary, gradually increase the amount of solution to avoid oversaturating.
3) The stained area needs be carefully blotted. Avoid scrubbing and rubbing the stain as this just pushes the stain deeper into the fibers.
4) Repeat as necessary.
Special Note: Before cleaning the entire stain, make sure to perform a spot test since some DIY or commercial cleaners can discolor your carpets.
Vinegar & Baking Soda: Dampen the stain with white vinegar and generously sprinkle baking soda on top. A bubbling sound is created as the vinegar and baking soda react together. Place a towel over the top and let the area fully dry, this can take up to 2 days depending on the circumstances. Once dry, vacuum well.
Hydrogen Peroxide & Dish Soap: Combine 2 tablespoons of warm water with 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and several drops of mild dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray this solution on the stain and blot, repeat as necessary. Once the stain is absolved, lightly rinse the area with water, dry it with a towel, and vacuum up the leftover moisture.
Ammonia: In 1 cup water, add 2 tablespoons of ammonia. Use a towel to blot excess liquid. Once the area has dried, vacuum the area well.
Store-Bought Stain Removers: When choosing a commercial carpet cleaning product, be sure to invest in a pet stain remover that has enzymes in the ingredients to ensure the protein stain is best broken down. Always be sure to follow the label’s directions. The residues will need to be rinsed after the area is completely treated. Allow the area to dry and follow with a vacuum.
Carpet Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal Services & More in Quincy, Macomb, Hamilton, Warsaw & East Alton Illinois | Hannibal, Missouri
Whether you use DIY or commercial cleaners always blot in between applications to avoid over saturating. Over saturating the stained area can leave dirt-attracting residue on your carpet in addition to leading to water damage and mold and mildew growth. Beneath the carpet surface into the carpet backing, the carpet pad, and even the flooring, pet urine can seep through in many cases. Concentrated odor crystals are left behind as the urine dries. Unless properly removed by professional cleaners, these crystals release a stinky odor into your home. If the pet stains and odors have taken over your home, call in the experts of American Hometown Services and let our experts assist you with our steam carpet cleaning and stain removal services!