Pet Stains Removal From Carpets
Posted by Konstantin at March 1st, 2015
So your beloved kitty or dog decided to empty their bowels onto the living room carpet? What to do now? Don’t be hard on yourself or lose hope that your carpet can never be the same again. Don’t blame your pet either. They are creatures and they cannot always be tamed. Instead focus on the problem at hand which involves the removal of the urine from the carpet.
If the area is still wet, try to use a cloth to soak in the urine. This is because the longer you leave it like that, the more bacteria that will breed at that spot causing a pungent and annoying smell to be released which will only worsen over time. This pungent odour is released by the ammonia present in the dog urine. The odour is neutralized by vinegar. The application of vinegar on the stain is discussed in detail below.
Spread a dry cloth on the spot and tread on it with your foot. Repeat this step several times till no more urine can be removed from the carpet. You need to leave the cloth on for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Sometimes the urine dries up before you notice it. You may find an offensive odour pounding your nose one day and then sniff around your carpet to locate the source or you can look for it with the help of a black light. In a darkened room, the dog urine stain will fluorescence under the light.
Create a cleaning solution by mixing half parts water with half parts white vinegar. As you can see white vinegar is an extremely useful item to have in the household as its properties make it an extremely good stain remover. White vinegar is beneficial not just for removing accidental pet stains but also for all other kinds of stains such as those caused from coffee, ink, etc. Pour the cleaning solution into a spray bottle and spray onto the carpet. Slowly blot the area with a soft brush. After the smell has subsided and the stain faded considerably, use a white towel to absorb the remaining vinegar in the carpet.
Always start cleaning or applying the solution from the perimeter and then work your way slowly towards the centre of the carpet.
USE AN ENZYMATIC CLEANER
An enzymatic cleaner is a spray that works in an extremely effective manner against stains. It breaks down the stain into its most basic elements. As such the compounds like ammonia responsible for the smell are broken down into elemental form (in this case, nitrogen and hydrogen) and you won’t have to tolerate any offensive smell. Enzymatic cleaners break the proteins in the urine into these forms and hence are highly effective. These enzymatic cleaners can be easily bought from any pet store.
POST CLEANING TIPS
Now that the stain is removed and your carpet has been restored to it former glory don’t forget to dispose of the towels that you used for absorbing the urine. Try to use paper towels as they are disposable and you can get rid of them as soon as you are done with the ordeal. For towels made of cloth, run them through the washing machine with detergent and hot water for an extremely thorough cleaning.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO NEUTRALIZE THE ODOUR?
Once your pet has relieved himself / herself on the target area, they will be able to smell their way back to the area and repeatedly relieve themselves there UNLESS you do something about it. It is therefore extremely important to remove the stain from the soiled area completely. If you fail to do this, any re-training programme that you put your pet through will be completely fruitless.
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT USE
- Do not use steam cleaners. The heat from the steam cleaner tends to permanently set in the stain by bonding the proteins in the urine to the man-made fiber.
- Do not use a low quality odor neutralizer.
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