If your family includes a lovable puppy or kitten, then you are probably all too familiar with the challenges associated with trying to remove pet stains from the carpet. Luckily, there are many ways to house train your pet without permanently destroying your floors.
Accidents will happen when animals live in your home. Regardless of the source of the mess, it is always important to clean it up immediately, to avoid having a permanent carpet stain.
If your pet urinates on the carpet your best defense is to act quickly. Immediately grab paper towels or rags to soak up as much of the mess as you can. The longer you wait to remove the pet urine, the more rancid the odor will become. Repeat this process with fresh layers of absorbent materials until the moisture is completely lifted. Once you have the area as dry as possible, follow the remaining 10 steps:
- Make a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% warm water.
- Distribute the solution all over the stain.
- Work the vinegar mixture into the soiled area with a brush.
- Blot with fresh paper towels or clean cloths.
- Vacuum up excess moisture.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the damp area.
- Mix a half cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dish washing liquid.
- Pour the solution slowly over the baking soda.
- Mix the wet and dry components together and use a brush to scrub it into the carpet.
- Once the area has dried completely, vacuum.
It is easy to find pet feces in the home; the offensive smell will give the location away quickly. Once discovered, manually remove as much of the excrement as possible. If the mess is wet, use damp towels or some sort of scraper to remove it from your carpet. Remember to gently scrape up the stain to avoid driving it further into the carpet fibers. Follow the remaining steps to eliminate the remainder of the feces:
- Try to remove the stain with a carpet cleaner or heavy-duty clothing stain remover. Allow the commercial solution to penetrate the area and scrub with wet soapy cloth or brush. Repeat until the stain is gone.
- Make a mixture of one cup white vinegar and one cup warm water and saturate the stain.
- Dry with paper towels or cloths.
- Sprinkle an ample amount of baking soda over the area and let it sit overnight. Vacuum up the powder in the morning.
Do not use a steam cleaner to remove a feces stain from carpets; the heat may permanently set in the odor and the pet stain.
Things to Keep in Mind
Avoid ammonia and any products containing ammonia when attempting to remove pet stains from your carpet. This is particularly important when dealing with dog urine, which is partly comprised of ammonia. If you clean up a mess using this product, your dog may repeat the same behavior if it detects the smell.