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On September 26, 2017

6 Guidelines for Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

Having a pet is wonderful and often pets become members of the family. Unfortunately, with pets, come the inevitable accidents.

Luckily, even if the accident is large, or the pet dander has built up, carpet, furniture, and floors can be saved. The key is timing. Treating a stain, spill or accident immediately is necessary to remove odor, discoloration and prevent damage to the surfaces in your living space.

Usually, a stain results from an accident not being cleaned up correctly or promptly. Keep in mind that the longer the mess sits on a surface, more difficult it will be to clean completely.  pexels-photo-59523.jpg

Outlined below are handy guidelines to use when cleaning up or removing a stain from a carpet:

Guidelines for removing a liquid accident, such as pet urine.

  • Take a clean white towel or paper towel and blot up as much of the liquid as you can.
    • Lay a clean cloth on the carpet and then place books on the cloth and press down.
  • Use this mixture:
    • 2 cups of lukewarm water
    • 2 cups of white distilled vinegar
Sprinkle or spray mixture over the spot. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Take a clean cloth and blot up. Repeat steps  as necessary for large stains.
  • If you have a home wet-vacuum, you can use that to vacuum over the spot once the water and vinegar mixture has been blotted up.
Guidelines for removing potty accidents.
  • Pick up the large pieces using a glove, plastic bag or cloth. Be careful not to press, rub or push any matter into the surface.
  • Think about lifting the mess straight up.
  • Use this mixture:
    • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
    • 2 cups of lukewarm water
    • 4 generous tablespoons of baking soda

Mix vinegar with water in a large bowl; slowly add in baking soda -  it will fizz. Pour mixture into the spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the stain. Let sit for 5 minutes. Take a clean cloth and blot up. Repeat steps as necessary for large accidents.

Remember:

Avoid using a home steam vacuum, as the heat can actually set the stain in the carpet! Also, consider mixing up the vinegar and water in advance to have on hand in case of emergencies, since the key to stain removal is to be quick and consistent.  If you schedule regular deep cleaning of carpet and follow these core practices, you can enjoy your pet and have a clean and odor free home.

For even more help with managing pets and carpet, take a look at this blog post, Pet + Carpet Doesn't Need to Mean Disaster.

If you have questions or are concerned about a surface in your house, give ServiceMaster Clean a call. Take a look here at our process and services for cleaning your carpet and floor surfaces. We are experts at assessing the best way to bring your carpet or floor back to life. Not to mention we back our work up with over 60+ years of industry expertise and passion for making customer homes shine.

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