You love your pets, and as all of us pet lovers know, they bring joy to our lives. Unfortunately, they can also bring stains to your carpet. Whether you have a puppy who is still working on house training or your older cat has been having accidents, it’s important to completely remove the stain. This prevents your pet from returning to the same spot, and it also keeps your carpet clean.
Start with the Basics
Start by cleaning up any solid remains and blotting up any liquid. If you are housebreaking your pet, you can take the solid fecal matter outside and dump it in the yard. Show it to your pet and praise your puppy as if he or she put it there. You may feel a little silly, but your dog will start to get the message that it belongs outside.
Make sure you blot up as much of the urine as possible to prevent staining. You may have to stand on the towel to get more urine out of the carpet, but that will make it easier to clean. If you have a steam cleaner at home, you can also use the extractor to pull the stain out and prepare for the next step.
Vinegar and Water
Vinegar breaks down the proteins in the urine so it doesn’t cling to the carpet. It also neutralizes the odor so your pet won’t come back to the same spot. Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Liberally pour this over the carpet where the stain is. Begin blotting it up again with clean paper towels or rags. Continue blotting until you are no longer pulling up moisture, or use your steam cleaner to remove the vinegar and water mixture.
Sprinkle the area with baking soda after you have blotted up the vinegar. Let the baking soda dry overnight and then vacuum it away the next morning. The area should be clean and fresh smelling without any sign of the stain.
The Emergency Plan
What happens if the stain magically reappears a few days later? This can happen, and it’s extremely frustrating for homeowners. Fill a spray bottle with a solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of Dawn dishwashing detergent. Spray this over the stain, and gently rub it into the carpet fibers with a damp sponge or rag. Allow it to sit for about ten minutes before rinsing it with warm water and allowing it to dry. The stain should vanish after this treatment.
It is important to use these treatments in an inconspicuous area of the carpet to check for color fastness. If you don’t have time to treat the pet stains, or you have tried and the stain is still there, then you can call the best carpet cleaners for pet odors in New Jersey. We have access to chemicals that are not commercially available, and we also have more powerful equipment that can reach deep into the fibers to clean the carpet. Visit High Quality Carpet today if you need pet odor removal in Bridgewater NJ and beyond.