Pet owners know that accidents happen, but trying to remove pet stains and odors from the carpet can be quite frustrating. Even when stains aren’t visible, pets can smell traces of urine and will often return to the spot again and again. Follow the steps below to get rid of stains, as well as odors, and to minimize the risk of future accidents.
Remove the Excess
Stains that are fresh are much easier to remove than those that have dried and set into the carpet. Try to catch accidents quickly by keeping pets away from carpets and upholstery when no one is home. Fresh urine marks should be covered with newspaper, paper towels, or absorbent white cloths to remove as much moisture as possible. To clean feces, vomit and other stains, use paper towels to remove as much surface material as possible, but take care not to rub the substance deeper into the carpet.
Use a Spot Cleaner
Once the area is dry, a good quality spot cleaning solution will help prevent staining. To remove old pet stains that have already dried, spot cleaning is the first step of the process. Choose a product that doesn’t contain ammonia or other pungent chemicals that could confuse pets. An enzymatic cleaner is the best, although more expensive, choice as these solutions have the ability to draw out urine proteins to better eliminate odors. Saturate the area with the spot cleaner and follow the package instructions. Some products should sit for a certain amount of time, others need to be brushed into the carpet, and most need to be vacuumed or rinsed to complete the procedure.
Deep Clean the Carpet
A carpet cleaner that doesn’t use steam is the best way to remove pet stains and odors from deeper within the carpet. Opt for a deep cleaner that works similarly to a professional extractor rather than older carpet shampooers and steam cleaners. Both spot cleaners and liquid carpet cleaning solutions are available in special pet formulas. Some are designed specifically to remove urine stains, some odors, and some are capable of removing both. Pet carpet cleaners may also include special ingredients that will discourage animal accidents in the future.
Removing Stubborn Stains
The processes above will eliminate most pet stains and odors with very little effort, but some stains are more stubborn and require additional attention. Saturate a thick cloth with warm water and a mild detergent or spot cleaning solution, and then lay the wet cloth over the area for about 15 minutes. Blot the area with a clean dry cloth and repeat as needed. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner that specializes in cleaning homes with pets is another option to get rid of those seemingly impossible stains.
Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, removing pet stains isn’t easy. Do your best to catch accidents when they happen to prevent urine or other substances from seeping beneath the carpet and soiling the pad below. Removing pet stains isn’t impossible; it’s just not always easy.