This is a common situation in homes where there is a pet. To most of such householders, prevention is better than cleaning up. Owners invest in pet training to ensure their pets are housetrained and use items such as litter boxes, entry/exit flaps in external doors. Unfortunately however, accidents still happen. Even those pets that are well trained can accidentally mess your rugs or floor occasionally. In such an emergency, be prepared and stay ready with some tools and tips on how to deal with pet stains on your precious rugs.
What do you do in such a case?
Understand What You are Dealing With
The composition of dog urine includes uric acid, hormones, nitrogen, bacteria, and ammonia. The pungent stubborn smell you experience is merely from the uric acid. In fact, it becomes exaggerated in a warm humid environment.
You may have noticed that dogs tend to go back to an area in which they had urinated before and relieve themselves again. This is because they can sense even the slightest hint of urine smell. This instinct is strong in dogs that are not fully housebroken. To be on a safe side, you need to make sure you remove any trace of such an odour as soon as it occurs.
Cleaning up the Mess – Use the Following Guide
It is possible for humans to get used to pungent odours after a period of continued exposure. This does not mean your visitors or the pet cannot smell the odour. Consequently it is necessary for you to tackle the mess immediately.
To clean fresh dog urine stains and odour:
- Cover the soiled part of the rug with paper towels and allow them to suck up as much urine as possible. You could use a cloth or any other permeable cleaning material for this step
- Next, douse the spot with clean water and absorb the moisture using clean paper towels. Repeat this process until you get no more yellow stains on the paper towels
- Apply a urine stain cleaner of choice and allow it to soak for some time. This could be a homemade eco-friendly cleaner or an enzyme-based cleaning product such as Kobosan Active
- Once you have given the stain cleaner a reasonable amount of time to work, wipe off with clean paper towels. You may splash plain water over the area and wipe again to make sure no cleaning agent remains on the carpet.
- Air the rug so that it can dry. Avoid stepping on the wet area during the process.
In case you are dealing with urine stains that have been on the carpet for a long time. You may want to dry clean the carpet using an easy home cleaning system. The Vorwerk Kobold is an all-in-one cleaner that can be used for regular cleaning as well as to remove pet stains and odours completely.
To clean pet poop or vomit:
Pet poop can be a dry solid mass, which you can effectively pick up with a tissue without leaving any stain. Nonetheless, some days you won’t be so lucky, especially if the pet vomits or has a bout of diarrhoea. In these cases, follow these simple tips:
- Begin by scraping up the semi-solid material with a dustpan or any other flat stiff item. Be careful, though, not to smear the mess around the carpet in the process.
- Next, follow steps 2) through 5) above, just as with urine stains.
Quick Tips for a Safe Natural Urine Stain Cleaner
- White Vinegar
Douse the affected area with undiluted white vinegar and allow some time for it to work on the stain. Use clean paper towels to blot the mess.
- Baking Soda:
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the area and let it stay for several hours before vacuuming.
- Use Kobosan Active
Sanitising and cleaning of fabrics without damage to delicate fibres. It will cover the fibres with a film to avoid new stains getting absorbed again.
Article written by Beverly Jenkins of The Tidy Maids
Beverly Jenkins is proud of her staff at The Tidy Maids house cleaning service in Raleigh, NC. She has 24 years of experience in house cleaning, customer service, and business operations. She knows all the tips and tricks and do-it-yourself hacks when it comes to cleaning and her clients’ homes are the best proof for that.
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