We love our pets, but we don’t love what they do to our carpets. Discovering a pet stain on carpet in your home is frustrating but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to remove.
If you have pet stains on your carpet and you’re clueless as to how to properly remove them without damaging your carpet, keep reading for some of the best tips and tricks.
Remove Pet Stain on Carpet
Before you get started, it’s important to note that to remove any stain effectively you should clean it up immediately. However, with pets, that’s not always possible, and sometimes you find surprises on your carpet! But old pet stains are still removable.
First, you’ll need some tools and cleaning supplies:
- Rags like microfiber or sponges, for cleaning
- Paper towels
- Natural cleaners like baking soda and vinegar
- Pet stain cleaners from the store
- Spray bottle
- Cleaning brushes if you need extra cleaning power
Once you gather all your supplies, it’s time to start cleaning!
Newer pet stains are a little easier to clean than old ones. Start by blotting up the excess with a dry cloth, rag, or paper towels. Rubbing the stain only spreads it and requires more work.
Once you have all the excess blotted up, it’s time to apply the cleaner. If you’re using a store-bought pet cleaner, follow the directions on the back.
If you’re using a natural cleaner like vinegar and baking soda, start by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Not only does the vinegar work to help remove the stain, but also eliminates odors. If the smell is particularly bad, you can always omit the water and use straight vinegar.
Start scrubbing away to make sure that all of the vinegar sinks into the carpet and removes the stain.
When you’ve felt like you’ve scrubbed thoroughly, you can add the baking soda to the stain for extra cleaning power. Sprinkle enough on to cover the entire stain and let it bubble for several minutes. If you want, you can scrub the stain while the baking soda sits to get deep into the fibers of the carpet.
After you’ve scrubbed the baking soda, allow it to sit until it’s completely dry. You’ll need to vacuum it up, but you can’t do it until it’s dry. Sometimes this takes hours, but it’s best to give it a day or so.
Once it’s dried, vacuum the remaining baking soda. If you find that the area still has a light odor, sprinkle more baking soda and let it sit for several minutes, then vacuum again.
While steam cleaners work on carpets to remove other stains, they will do more harm than good on pet stains. Avoid using them with any type of pet stain.
Remove Pet Stains From Carpet
A pet stain on carpet is a nuisance, but with a little elbow grease, the right cleaning supplies, and time, your carpet can look like it never even happened. Take these steps today to get your carpet free of pet stains and odors!
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