Did you know that over 38% of all American households own a dog? Right behind the friendly dog, a majority of homes also have cats.
Regardless of your pet, you know how troublesome it is when they stain your carpet, and if you don’t know how to take care of it, you’ll end up needing to replace it before too long.
Don’t fret, with this guide, you’ll learn how to clean pet stains from carpet surfaces. Read on and find out more:
1. Blot, Don’t Rub the Pet Stain
The first thing you must do is to get paper towels. Blot the stain, don’t rub down onto the stain.
If you rub the stain using the same towel, you’ll end up spreading the stain more. This means rearranging your furniture will become necessary to cover the larger stain.
Once the paper towel isn’t soaking the pet urine anymore, replace it with a fresh one. Keep doing this until the spot becomes relatively dry.
2. Apply Vinegar Water Solution
Apply a vinegar solution composed of 50% water and 50% white vinegar. Soak the affected area of the carpet with this solution.
The reason is two-fold: the solution cuts through the pet stain even when it’s stubborn while moisturizing it. This ensures your pet’s urine gets off the carpet in its entirety. Also, the vinegar helps in neutralizing ammonia in the urine, getting rid of the smell and the fluids.
Once you’re done, scrub your carpet hard since it guarantees that you’ll get deeper into the fibers beneath the carpet surface. This ensures that you get rid of any lingering pet fluids within.
3. Pour On Some Baking Soda
Before the spot completely dries off, apply some baking soda, and dab some of the vinegar solution. Mix them and see the fizzing and cackling. With this, you’ll know that it’s working on lifting the pet stain and smell from your carpet.
To make the process faster, rub in the baking soda. This helps to get the solution deeper into the fibers of your carpet.
After this, leave the baking soda on the carpet until it completely dries off. This process might take overnight or even a couple of days. This all depends on the amount of vinegar solution you used.
4. Vacuum the Carpet
After the spot dries up, use a dustpan to scoop most of the baking soda before throwing it away. For all the remaining particles, use your vacuum to get rid of them. After this, your carpet will look fresh and clean.
5. Call the Experts
Of course, there may be instances where the stain is too much to handle. This can become the case if you have a stain on a sensitive type of carpet fabric. To ensure that your carpet stays pristine, handing it to the experts can be your best choice.
Keep Those Carpets Clean
Now you know how to clean pet urine stains from your carpet! You can also read our care and maintenance guide and learn how to take better care of your carpet and other flooring types.
Remember to always use the right materials but don’t hesitate to call the experts when needed. If it's time for a new floor altogether, we’ve got a solution for you. Contact us today and we can get you set up with a free in-home estimate!