Whether you're training a puppy or kitten or have an older dog or cat with some health issues, you're bound to have to clean up some messes when you have a pet. Sometimes, you might need a professional carpet cleaner.
But, many times, you can use home remedies to achieve pet stain removal from a carpet. Read on for the ultimate guide on pet stain removal from carpets, whether it's a fresh or old stain.
Know Your Carpet's Fabric - The Key to Pet Stain Removal From a Carpet
Before you clean, it's important to know whether your carpet is wool or a synthetic fiber such as polyester or acrylic. Synthetic fibers are often easier to clean than wool.
Wool needs to be specially treated, and often it is easier to hire a professional to clean wool carpets and rugs. Never use bleach, oxy products, or anything alkaline on a wool carpet.
You will want to spot test regardless of the fiber type. Pick a small spot in a corner or place where it's unlikely to be spotted when you try a home remedy or even an enzyme cleaner. You can purchase a small spot cleaner for quick messes or follow the directions below if you have the tools for a fast clean-up for pet urine, feces, blood, and vomit.
Pet Mess Cleaning Essentials
You will want to be ready when you bring home a new puppy or a rescue kitty. Along with their food and training supplies, buying the following essentials at the same time to clean up a mess will make your life easier.
You will need:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Blotting rags or paper towels
- Soft-bristled brush
- Spray bottle for home remedy cleaning mixtures
- Cleaning rags or paper towels
- Optional: high-quality pet odor neutralizer or enzyme cleaner, carpet stain remover
We will share how to remove pet stains from carpet with home remedies that use our ingredients above!
If you need to remove old pet stains from carpet in several areas, you can rent a cleaner from most hardware stores. It's not recommended to use a steam cleaner or heat treatment as this may set the stain even more deeply into the fiber.
If you rent a carpet cleaner and want to use an enzyme or stain cleaner, be sure to let the carpet dry before allowing children and pets back onto the area. The benefit of using home remedies is that you will know it's safe and doesn't contain harsh chemicals.
How to Remove Pet Urine Stains From a Carpet
It's always easiest - no matter what type - to clean a freshly made stain. Urine is highly concentrated in cats and strong in dogs as well. The components of urine that make obvious odors are ammonia, hormones, uric acid, and bacteria.
It's important to remember how much stronger smells are to your pets - and to clean it thoroughly to prevent the animals from returning to that same area to poop or pee again. You can learn how to remove pet stains from carpets with home remedies as you read on.
Baking soda is a natural way to absorb odors. So if you can catch a urine spot at its earliest, you can sprinkle the baking soda on top of the wet patch and then draw as much of the liquid as possible up by blotting with your paper towels or cleaning rags.
Don't rub the spot - blot up as much wetness as you can by standing on groups of rags or paper towels until you no longer are picking up any wetness at all. Once the urine's moisture is drawn up, you can mix the following recipe to finish cleaning up the stain.
Home Remedies to Remove Pet Urine Stains from a Carpet
2 cups of vinegar combined with 2 cups of warm (NOT hot!) water, and add 4 Tablespoons of baking soda. Put this mixture into a spray bottle and spray the mixture liberally onto the spot. Let it set about five to ten minutes, and then blot again until there is no more moisture.
You may need to repeat the application of baking soda onto the stain followed by the liquid ingredients more than once for heavy or dried stains of pet urine.
Another home recipe you can treat urine spots with is a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and cold water. Vinegar is also a natural deodorizer for pet smells. But, again, it's always best to get the spot while it's wet - you may need to do multiple treatments for dried stains.
Pet Vomit Stains
The important thing to remember about pet vomit is that it is extremely acidic. That acid can cause discoloration all on its own. Therefore, you will want to neutralize the acid as quickly as possible.
When cleaning up a vomit stain, remove the solid parts first. Don't try to tack the stain while there are solid components - these will break down and may cause a stain.
If needed, you can put baking soda on the solids and let it absorb the moisture before cleaning it up. Don't let pets or children around the baking soda until you can clean it, or use a wet/dry vac to remove it.
To deal with the wet mess, you can sprinkle baking soda on it and then use the vinegar/water solution mentioned for urine. Baking soda will neutralize the acid, and the vinegar solution will be softer on carpets that might become discolored by other treatments.
You may also want to try the following home remedies for pet vomit stains.
Home Remedies for Pet Vomit Stains in a Carpet
2 cup warm (NOT hot) water, 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP liquid dish soap, and 1/2 cup white vinegar poured onto the vomit stain. Again, blot until the towels come up dry.
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 tsp of liquid dish soap (unscented is preferable). Sprinkle baking soda on the vomit stain, then pour the hydrogen peroxide onto the spot.
Rub gently with a soft-bristled brush and let sit for 10 minutes. Blot dry.
Pet Excrement or Feces Stains
The key to that accidental dog poo on your carpet is to clean up the dry matter or partly solid matter before tackling the stain underneath. You don't want to push any solid particles into the fibers when you begin the stain removal process.
If the matter is dried onto the fibers, use a comb, fork, or other similar devices to break up the excrement. Finally, you can vacuum the area to get the small pieces up after combing the carpet.
Once that's done, you can use the same home remedies for the stain and odor as vomit stains require. Use your soft-bristled brush to get tiny particles of poop out of the carpet when using the wet treatment.
You can then use an oxy-cleaner to help pull up the stain and remove any odor.
One concern you might have that would cause you to have your carpets professionally cleaned is that the residue of these products may still be on your carpet. Many professionals use heavy-duty equipment to pull out the residue of home remedy treatments or their own pet stain treatments.
Pet Blood Stains
It's always a concern when your pet is injured and bleeding. However, one of the key things about a bloodstain on your carpet (whether wet or dry) is not to use heat on it. Heat will set a bloodstain and make it almost impossible to get rid of.
When you are tackling this, you can scrape the blood when it is dry and vacuum the residue. You can use either a salt paste (simply salt and just enough cold water to make it a paste) or a powdered oxy product made into a paste.
Rub it into the area with your soft-bristled brush. Use gentle rubbing motions to avoid fraying carpet fibers.
The salt paste is perfect for delicate carpets or rugs. When the powdered paste is dry, vacuum, repeat as necessary. If you continue to have a stain or are worried about your rug or carpet delicacy, it's definitely time to contact a professional.
Delicate, Specialty and Wool Rugs or Carpets
There are some special things to remember about wool rugs or other specialty types of carpets and rugs. The first list is the 'never.'
- Never use bleach on them.
- Never use oxy products on them.
- Never use any alkaline products on them.
- Never use a carpet shampooer on them.
Use the following methods when cleaning pet stains out of your wool or specialty carpets:
- Do use vinegar and enzymatic cleaners AFTER testing for colorfastness.
- Use gentle circular motions when cleaning to prevent the fibers from fraying.
- Consider a carpet cleaning service for delicate, specialty, and wool rugs or carpets.
Concerns About Chemicals for Pets and Humans
It's important to remember that allergies come in many types. For example, while salt is unlikely to cause a hazard to animals or humans, even salt paste residue may upset a pet's stomach if they are drawn to lick at it.
This concern is doubly true for oxy products, bleach, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and enzymatic cleaners. When using a wet product, it's important (both for the odor and safety concerns) to continue blotting it up with a series of dry towels or paper towels until they are no longer coming up damp.
You can also use a wet/dry vacuum (also known as a wet vac) to soak up damp or wet areas, then finish blotting dry. When using a wet product that you allow to dry in place (such as the salt or oxy product paste), you should use an efficient vacuum to get up the dry residue.
When using a rented carpet cleaner and store-bought chemicals, make sure to follow the directions, allow the carpet to dry completely, and run your vacuum after the floor is dry to pick up any dry residue.
When to Call the Professionals
When you have a puppy or kitten, or an aging animal, accidents are bound to happen. Unfortunately, even the best-behaved adult animals have accidents on our carpets and floors due to illness or anxiety. These tips will help you manage the occasional accident, no matter what type.
But there does come a time where your carpets should be cleaned by a professional - especially if there are other odor-causing issues or stains that are building up.
Some stains may be resistant to home remedies. To restore your carpet to a like-new state, it may be time to call a professional rug cleaning service. And if you have specialty rugs or wool carpets and a few accidents happen, it's much safer to call the professionals rather than lose your valuable flooring.
We often don't even notice that our upholstered furniture has also developed an odor from our pets. However, guests notice it right away when they walk in. While home remedies may work on upholstery, it may be difficult to remove stains yourself.
So whether you live in a rental and are concerned about getting your deposit back after you move or are a homeowner who is tired of the dog or cat smell in your house, we are happy to help you.
Professional Help - No Chemical Residue!
If you require pet stain removal from a carpet or full house carpet cleaning to clear up the puppy mess, we are happy to provide various services. We are proud to offer excellent service and quality for your money, from professional pet stain removal to upholstery and carpet cleaning.
We invite you to call or check out our schedule online today for a free quote for whatever carpet or upholstery cleaning needs you might have. We know you'll be delighted with our service. When the stains feel like they're multiplying, we want to be the ones to help you clean it up.
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