If you’re like us, you love your pet like their part of the family. You may even dress yours up for Halloween as we do! But what we don’t love are the smelly stains and odors they can leave in our homes.
Pet urine removal may seem like an impossible job, and you may not be able to get rid of these stains and odors on your own. But the good news is, there are effective methods out there for removing animal stains and smells! Here are some we recommend.
#1 – Do-It-Yourself Cleaning
Some pet owners prefer making their own cleaning solutions to remove pet stains—not only for the money it can save, but also to be environmentally conscious and avoid harmful chemicals in the carpet cleaning process.
The thing to remember with these methods is that they likely won’t get rid of pet odors at the source like a professional pet urine and odor removal treatment will. However, they can provide great short-term solutions for spot cleaning.
Just be sure to test the following solutions on a small area of your carpet first to make sure they don’t discolor the fibers, gently blot the stain instead of scrubbing too hard, and don’t use too much cleaner or water. This will help make sure the stain isn’t pushed even deeper into the carpet, and that minimal excess moisture or soapy residue build-up are left behind.
Baking Soda And Vinegar
Wet the stained area completely with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Cover the stain with a towel or a small dish, wait 1-2 days, vacuum, rinse, then vacuum again once dry.
In a spray bottle, combine a quarter teaspoon of dishwashing detergent (not dish soap or laundry detergent) with one cup warm water. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed. Pat the area dry, then vacuum.
Rinse the stained area with a mixture of 2 tablespoons ammonia and 1 cup water. Repeat until the stain is gone, towel dry, and vacuum.
In a spray bottle, mix 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of warm water, and a couple of drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain, let sit for 10 minutes, then repeat as needed. Rinse the area, dry with a towel, then vacuum.
#2 – Store Bought Spot Cleaners
There are many different carpet stain removers available for you to purchase in-store—like OxiClean, Spot Shot, or resolve. Make sure you choose a spray that comes in a non-toxic formula that’s safe for pets and children.
Blot away the moisture from the pet stain, apply one of these products, rinse, towel try, and vacuum.
Again, make sure not to use too much cleaner. A small amount will go along way. Using too much cleaner increases the risk of residue being left behind—increasing the likelihood of soiling in the future.
#3 – Professional Carpet Cleaning
While the two methods above may remove visible pet stains, there’s one fact to remember: only professional carpet cleaning can remove pet stains and odors at their source.
Even if a previously stained area appears to be clean, these do-it-yourself methods can’t break down odor-causing crystals and eliminate bacteria like Chem-Dry’s Pet Urine Removal Treatment can.