We love our pets—but not so much the stains and smells they can leave around our homes. Accidents are bound to happen at some point with indoor pets, but pet urine and stain removal doesn’t have to be stressful! Here are three simple ways to remove pet urine and stains from carpet.
Homemade Pet Stain Solutions
Making a cleaning solution yourself can be cost-effective, and is generally effective at removing surface stains left behind by pets.
When applying any of the following recipes, be sure to test a small area of your carpet first to avoid potential discoloration. Also, apply a small amount of solution at a time to avoid oversaturing the area and leaving behind dirt-attracting residue.
1 – Baking Soda And Vinegar
Lightly cover the stained area with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Cover the stain with a small plate or towel, wait 1-2 days, then scoop up the remaining baking soda and rinse the area with cool water.
2 – Dishwashing Detergent
In a spray bottle, mix ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent—not dish soap or laundry detergent—with one cup warm water. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed.
3 – Hydrogen Peroxide
In a spray bottle, mix 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons warm water, and a couple of drops of dish soap. Spray and let sit on the stain for about 10 minutes, then repeat as necessary.
4 – Ammonia
Rinse the stained area with a combination of 2 tablespoons ammonia and 1 cup of water.
Treating Pet Urine & Stains Quickly
Remember, the faster you can get to work on treating pet urine stains, the more successful you’ll be at removing the odor and stain. You can also try a store-bought carpet stain remover. Just make sure you choose a non-toxic pet formula.
Start by gentling blotting as much moisture away as you can with a towel, then apply a solution like OxiClean, Spot Shot, or Resolve to the stain. Rinse lightly, then dry with a towel.
Again, be sure not to use too much cleaning solution as this can leave behind soapy residue on your carpet that attracts more stains and dirt.
Professional Pet Urine & Stain Removal
Most surface stains can be treated as long as you act fast. However, it’s important to note that all of the methods above may be effective at removing surface stains but won’t eliminate deep odors and bacteria.
When pet urine seeps into the carpet, potent, odor-filled crystals are left behind. They may even be trapped beyond the carpet in the backing, padding, or hard flooring beneath. These crystals will continue releasing odors and exposing your home to harmful bacteria if not treated properly.
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