Carpet Cleaning 101: How To Remove Pet Stains

Pets provide excellent companionship and teach children responsibility. Unfortunately, there are times when a pet, especially a puppy that is being trained to do its business outside, has an accident on your carpet. You can remove the stains and the odors associated with those stains by following a few important cleaning tips.

Address the Mess Immediately

The sooner you soak up your pet's urine, or clean up the soiled area of your carpet, the better your results will be. Grab an old rag or bath towel and set it over the urine. Press down hard to drawn the urine up out of the carpet and into the rag. Repeat until you get up as much of the liquid as you can. If your pet defecated on the carpet, then put on a pair of plastic gloves and use paper towels to carefully discard as much of the feces as you can. 

Use an Enzyme-based Carpet Cleaner

Saturate the area where your pet urinated with an enzyme-based carpet cleaner. An enzyme-based carpet cleaner is best because it breaks up the protein in your pet's urine. Follow the instructions for the length of time the cleaner needs to sit on the stain and then soak up liquid with a clean towel. If you have a carpet cleaner that draws liquid up out of the floor, then use that instead. 

Create a Detergent Solution

When it comes to removing stains left behind by feces, you'll need to create a detergent solution. Pour one tablespoon of white distilled vinegar and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap into two cups of warm water. Soak the feces stained area with this solution and let it sit for a few minutes. Blot the area dry with an old rag, working your way from the outer edge of the stain inward. Repeat until there are no remnants left of the stain. 

Flush the Area

Pour water over the urine or feces stain you just cleaned. This flushes the area so that any residue from the cleaning solutions is washed out. Soak up the excess water with a towel or carpet cleaning machine. 

Once your carpet has been restored to like-new condition, sprinkle a layer of baking soda over it. Let it sit overnight before vacuuming the baking soda up. Although the baking soda will not remove any stains, it will absorb any odor-causing molecules that remain behind from the pet's accident. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Kleen As A Whistle.