Pets are a great addition to our families. They are great friends, pals, playmates, protectors, and a body in the house that won’t talk back to you. They can be, however, a problem when it comes to keeping the house clean. What with training, the occasional accident, illness, and numerous other things, pets can leave tell tale stains and odors in our carpets.
Most well trained house pets are not a problem in this area. But that is not always a guarantee that nothing will happen. If you have a pet, you are bound to have a stained carpet at one time or another. When this happens you will want to get it cleaned up immediately. Be sure to use a good cleaner that will completely remove both the stain and the odor. You don’t want that lingering odor to suggest to the pet that it could be a good spot for a return trip. This holds true especially when you are training your pet. While training a dog to “go outside” or a cat to head to the litter box, accidents will happen. It is of utmost importance to get rid of that odor or the pet will certainly revisit that area. Then your work has doubled.
There are numerous ways to approach this problem. If a problem occurs be sure that you get it cleaned up immediately before the odor or stain has a chance to get set. Paper towels or a white rag are good ways to remove solid waste and absorb liquid. Then begin at the outside of the stain and clean inward toward the center. If you stand on the towel, this will be more effective than patting the stain. Whatever you do, don’t rub the stain as this could damage the carpet fiber.
The next step is to neutralize the stain or odor. Make sure that the carpet is just a bit damp before you go to this step. Special products are needed for this process so that you completely remove both the stain and odor. You don’t want to cover them up with just another odor or perfume. Avoid ammonia based products. These smell too much like urine and will not discourage the pet from returning. Vinegar and baking soda can work well on smaller stains but sometimes do not completely remove the odor. Steam cleaning will not produce the desired results since the heat involved may actually set the stain and odor.
Enzyme based cleaners are the best approach in neutralizing stains and odors. You can find a variety of these at pet stores. Just follow the instructions on the label. You will have to apply it and then let it sit for a period of time. It can then be blotted up with a towel and left to dry. It might be a good idea to do a test run on the cleaner before using it just to be safe.
If the urine smell still remains but you cannot locate the exact spot, use a black light. The black light will reveal a dark spot in the carpet. If you are unable to get it out then call a professional carpet cleaner. They will usually have more available methods of attacking this problem.
Even if your dog does not have an accident on the carpet, they are still bringing dirt into your carpet daily. From being outside and just everyday activities, your pet will soil the carpet from time to time. A regular vacuuming can help to control this and the occasional carpet cleaning will help to add some insurance.