Do you have pets?
Do they leave a nice mess for you now and again?
Follow these 5 easy cleaning tips on how to remove pet stains and odours
Having pets around the house is great for your mood.
They keep you company and lift your spirits when you’re down in the dumps.
However, pets can also put a damper on things too, especially when you come home to find your carpet damp and smelling.
If your pet has left you a nasty-smelling surprise along with a potential carpet stain, use these 5 easy steps to remove pet stains.
1. Dry the area
First of all, use either paper towels or a cloth, whichever is at hand, and soak up as much of the urine as possible. You can also (if you have one) use a wet/dry hoover to remove the excess liquid.
2. Mix and spray
This next step requires vinegar, but not apple cider vinegar or malt. (apple cider vinegar attracts gnats). Use distilled white vinegar. If you have a spare spray bottle at this point–perfect, otherwise any other container will do.
* Mix a solution of 50% vinegar to 50% water.* Dry the area again until the stain is removed.* Repeat this process is the stain or nasty ammonia odour remains. * NEVER use a cleaning product that contains ammonia. Urine, whether it belongs to a cat or dog, contains ammonia and will attract them to that area again to deposit another little present for you to clean up.
3. Sprinkle and scrub
Some stains might be a little harder to remove than others. If you find that the stain remains, even after applying the vinegar and water solution, it’s time to call in some reinforcements in the form of baking soda.
Sprinkle the area with baking soda and then scrub it with a cleaning product that contains hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to read the label however, as some cleaning products also contain pet attracting ammonia.
4. Dry with paper towels or cloth
Once again, pat the area dry. In most cases, this should suffice. If it doesn’t, don’t panic because there’s one more trick you can use to vanquish that pesky pet stain.
5. Bake that odor
No, I’m not talking bake as in cookies or cup cakes! This step requires our old friend baking soda again, but now there’s no scrubbing involved. If even after all your elbow grease, the odour is still present, sprinkle one cup of baking soda over the area and leave it undisturbed for a day or 24 hours. Cover the area with a plate or bowl to ensure it isn’t disturbed.
As long as you hit any stains you find, hard and fast, there’ll be no need to rearrange your furniture to cover up stains, or worse, replace your carpet.