No matter how trained your furry pals are, there is always a chance of a messy accident. Cleaning it and getting rid of the lurking odors is not so easy at any place but if the mess is on your carpet, the challenge is greater.
The carpets and pets don’t co-exist so well after all. Knowing how to get rid of these stains and odors is a key skill every pet owner must-have. If you have recently added a new family member to your house and looking for some useful tips to keep your carpet clean, you are on the right page.
Here are some of the tried and tested methods you can use. If none of the following work, you can always hire professional carpet cleaning services in your area. But before you call a team of professionals, read the following tips, tricks, and answers to the most commonly asked questions by carpet owners.
How To Remove New Stains From Carpet?
Wear gloves and clean up the initial mess. Make sure the debris is completely removed. Now blot the stain as soon as possible. You can use a paper towel or soft cloth to absorb the wetness.
How To Remove Old Stains From Carpet?
Mix equal quantities of water and vinegar in a water bottle spray. Spray it over the stain to moisten it. You may have to do it more than once. Allow it to soak the stain and then blot it away.
How To Remove Pet Vomit From The Carpet?
One of the biggest challenges is to remove the vomit stains from the carpet. That’s because vomit contains acidic contents of the stomach and it can fade away the carpet color. The stain will be visible even after its completely removed. So you have to act fast.
As soon as you see your pet has vomited on the carpet, take the pet away to a comfortable place. Wear your gloves and preferably a mask. Use a paper towel to blot away the moisture. You can also use a dustpan, scraper, or a soft bristle brush to get rid of the solid matter.
Once the residue is removed and moisture is absorbed, prepare a cleaning mixture. Mix a solution of 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Dip a soft sponge or cloth and place it over the soiled area. Blot the area softly. You may also need to repeat this step several times if the stain is tough. Once the stain is completely removed, dip another piece of sponge in the mixture of white vinegar and water. Then blot dry with a dry towel. The last step is essential to get rid of the lingering odors.
How To Remove Pet Left Overs?
The simplest way to remove a pet's leftovers is to pile up a couple of paper towels on the area. Let it soak the urine and throw it away. Now place some more paper towels and stand over them so that the towels absorb the remaining moisture.
Mix up a solution of 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of warm water, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Put solution into a spray bottle and spritz generously on soiled area. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Blot with a soft cloth.
Let it dry completely to see if the smell remains. If you can still smell the urine, repeat the last step until you see the results.
When the urine is soaked down to the carpet padding, cleaning does not remain a viable option. You may have to replace certain parts of the padding and carpet as well.
How To Remove Pet Odors?
Removing pet odors is not an easy feat. An apparently clean carpet may smell like your furry friend. It may not bother you but it surely is a nuisance for any of the visitors.
If you want to keep your carpets odor-free the best way is to clean the mess created by your pet as soon as possible. The odors are produced by the leftover materials in the carpet fabric. You may not be able to see the residue but even the microscopic particles can contribute to smells.
Baking soda is one of the most effective and easily available household chemicals for removing pet odors. All you have to do is to sprinkle it generously over the entire carpet. Let it sit for a few hours. The best time for this application is when it can stay on the carpet for long hours, undisturbed. It could be night or day depending on your schedules. After 5-6 hours, vacuum the baking soda. If the smell lingers, repeat it.
At times, dry baking soda is not able to soak up all the odors. You can make it more effective by spraying a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar on the sprinkled baking soda. Let it sit for an hour or so and vacuum clean the carpet.
You can also purchase commercially available pet odor removal chemicals. Make sure the product is safe to use for your carpet and pet as well. Once you are done cleaning, your pet is going to play, breathe and lick the carpet area so make sure your carpet cleaner is not leaving harmful residues.
Why Baking Soda Absorbs Odors?
For all the curious souls out there, baking soda can absorb odors due to its alkaline nature. Most of the odors are due to acidic chemicals. When you apply baking soda to it, the neutralizing reaction between acidic and basic chemicals helps remove odors.
Why Is It Important To Get Rid Of Pet Odors And Stains?
What most of the new pet owners don’t know is that once a pet has soiled a certain area, they tend to remember it. The odors help them to identify the spot and they are more likely to soil that region again. It is a battle against the olfactory senses of your pet!