We adore our pets but one of the hardest parts of owning a loving, four-legged companion, is the potential mess they cause in our homes, especially on our carpets. Even the best trained pets are prone to accidents, leaving behind nasty stains that stink up the house and are difficult to remove from your carpet. Oftentimes, tough pets stains will require the services of professionals, but there are some steps you can take on your own to treat the stain before calling for help.
Clean the spills immediately
The longer you leave a spill untreated on the carpet, the more embedded in your carpet it will become and therefore more difficult to remove. Moisture can weaken the bond
between the layers of the carpet, causing separation or delamination of the backing material. Also, if the stain is not cleaned up in a timely fashion it will cause odors to linger permanently, returning again and again despite the application of odor destroying agents.
Absorb up as much of the mess as possible
Identify and conceal the entire stain with several paper towels. Next, you should use a different type of absorbent material such as newspaper or a bath towel to set on top of the paper towels. If you have easy access to the bottom of the carpet, it is also helpful to place a newspaper or towel underneath the stained area. Finally, press your feet down into the padded area you have created until it is no longer wet.
Your aim should be to soak up as much of the mess as you can to avoid embedding it into the carpet fibers. Scrubbing will only spread the stain around a much larger area. You must continue to dab the stain, even as you start working with cleaners like vinegar and baking soda. If you think you need to use a cleaner to address the stain, start working from the outside to the center to avoid spreading it further.
Heat can cause the stain and odor to permanently bond the protein into any man-made fibers. Once you have completed blotting the stain, pour a small amount of cold water over the spot again. Begin by pouring just outside the edge of the stain, then slowly work towards the center. This technique can help prevent the water from spreading the stain out. Allow the water to penetrate the stain for a minute before dabbing the cold water.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Once you have soaked up and blotted up the initial mess, then you can apply this easy home remedy:
-2 cups white distilled vinegar
-2 cups of lukewarm water
-4 tablespoons of baking soda
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and pour it over the stain. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes before gently blotting up the area with a cloth.
Enzymatic cleaners are an environmentally-safe alternative to clean pet stains from your carpets. The purpose of the enzyme cleaners is to reduce the stains down into smaller pieces, leaving bacteria and residual enzymes that continue to attack odors and proteins for several days. This long-lasting effect of enzyme cleaners will help keep smells away to prevent your pets from being triggered to return to the same spot to make another mess.
Call in the Professionals
Pressure and Steam have the knowledge, equipment, and chemicals deal with the most difficult pet stains. They use the latest carpet cleaning technology and equipment to ensure removal of all stains and to maintain the quality of your carpet. The friendly and expert carpet cleaners at Pressure and Steam have an eye for detail & will ensure your carpet looks clean and free of all stains.