For most animal lovers who are just starting to toilet train their pets, cleaning animal stains from floors, sofas, and carpets is just a burdensome household task to do every so often. Every pet owner knows how difficult it is to remove pet stains and odor from carpets and other items made of fabric material. Sometimes, pet urine, feces, drool, and vomit dry up and are very difficult to remove. Cleaning your carpet by yourself takes too much of your time and energy while hiring a carpet cleaning professional is not an economical option either. Fortunately, there is a quick and effective solution to easily remove pet stains and odors from carpets without spending much. In this article we will explain you the best way to rid your carpet of pet stains as well as a couple of easy tips and tricks that you should remember while cleaning your carpet.
What should you do before cleaning?
Before getting a brush and cleaning solutions, try to control the mess as quickly as possible. Use paper towels or scratch papers to absorb the liquid from the carpet. Surround the mess with paper towels and also put a couple of layers underneath. Avoid using newspapers as the dark colored prints may stain your carpet.
If the mess is mostly solid, remove as much mess as you can before cleaning with a brush. Wear gloves and scoop the mess up using a cardboard or an old paint scraper. Make sure to work your way inwards to avoid spreading the mess.
Apply pressure on the paper towels to absorb as much liquid as you can. Just dab the towel on the carpet and don’t scrub. Use more paper towels if needed.
What are the things you should avoid?
You may have read about sprinkling baking soda and pouring vinegar on the carpet as an effective method for removing pet stain. While the technique works well in stain removal, it may leave a scent on the carpet which may encourage your pet to urinate or defecate on the same spot. The main reason because it isn’t an effective method is that you simply can’t wash the carpet deep enough to remove the residue.
Animal urine contains a compound called ammonia. Thus, using ammonia-based cleaning solutions is definitely thing that you should avoid. They don’t remove the ammonia scent and they can be very dangerous when mixed with bleach. Mixing produces fumes that are very toxic.
Steam carpet cleaners are also not recommended for removing pet stains. The heat may cause not only the stain but also the odor to set in permanently on the cloth fibers.
Enzymatic Carpet Cleaners
After removing some of the mess, it’s time remove the stains and odor using enzymatic cleaning solutions. Unlike the conventional carpet cleaning formula, enzymatic cleaner break protein chains in animal wastes to the molecular level. It also catalyzes the breakdown of bacteria that may cause odor and contamination. It may take 24 hours or more for the enzymes to completely degrade the particles but the non-toxic property and long-term effectiveness of enzymatic cleaner make it an only safe and reliable way for getting rid of pet stains permanently.
After letting the enzymes do the work, give the carpet a good rinse using a carpet cleaner and let it dry. Spray antibacterial and carpet freshening solutions as desired and your carpet is good as new.