Help! Pet stain removal is almost always something that all pet owners need to deal with at one time or another.
Some of us have to deal with it more often than others.
In any case, pet stains are not fun stains to deal with. They can be rather easy to handle if you know what to do and have the products that you need to clean up those stains on hand. If you do that, then the stain has no chance of actually becoming a stain.
How to Remove Pet Stains and Odor Completely
When you have a pet, you know that you have to watch him or her and tend to their needs. What you do not know is that you may also need to have an arsenal of tools to aid you in the removal of pet stains. This is very necessary and it can be the difference of a stain setting and one that does not. Here are some things you should keep at hand to handle your pet stains.
- Clean, dry terry cloths for blotting immediately.
- White vinegar
- Mild detergent
- A spray bottle for the solution application
- Baking soda
Never Use Ammonia to Clean Pet Stains
Do not use ammonia based products on your pet stains. This will only cause the animal to want to urinate there again because, to him, it smells like urine.
This is a natural reaction to the scent. On top of that, if you have a stain on your carpeting, you need to fully clean it up so that the dog or cat does not urinate in that spot again. Where he smells urine, he will want to go again
Work on the Stain and Clean it Clean Quickly
In order to remove pet stain, you need to react quickly to it.
The biological components in the stain will work quickly to cause discoloration and odor. The longer this is left on the carpet or flooring, the harder it will be for you to get the stain and out fully. Quick work is in order any time that it is possible for that to happen.
Blot Up as Much of the Urine as Possible
There are many things that you can do wrong to cause that stain to set in your carpeting. Therefore, it is essential for you to get through the stain as quickly as possible and to do it the right away. Avoid trouble by soaking up as much of the full strength urine as soon as possible
Basic Steps for Removing Fresh Urine Stains
- Use a dry terry cloth to blot the stain to remove any liquid possible.
- Remove any loose debris carefully, without rubbing it into the carpeting or flooring more so.
- Use a solution of 50% water to 50% vinegar on the stain. Spray onto it.
- Blot the stain with a dry, clean terry cloth to remove the stain.
- Repeat as necessary.
- Let the stained area dry completely
A good cleaning of the pet stain will help to remove most if not all of the odor that came along with the stain. If you find that there is still a lingering odor.
Tough Stain Removal
Older set-in stains might need a little more work. If the vinegar solution you used on the carpet above has not completely removed the odor, sprinkle about 1 cup of Baking Soda liberally on the stain and let it sit undisturbed for another day. The area should be dry. Simply vacuum the area up completely 24 hours later and the odor should be totally removed.
If you have removed all of the urine, the vinegar and baking soda used separately guarantees you animal won’t smell the stain residue and hit the spot again. The only issue would be if the spot has been urinated on several times and has soaked the padding under the carpet
Another solution to try is the same one that is used to remove skunk spray. (I’ve listed it directly below) It works by a short lived chemical reaction generated by combining baking soda and medicinal strength (3%) hydrogen peroxide. It’s safe on you, your pets, your clothing, furniture and belongings.
My Super Strength Deodorizer for Pets, Clothes, Carpets and Upholstery
This cleaning solution is used to remove skunk spray from everything. The cleaning solution loses effectiveness almost immediately, so it cannot be stored. You will need to make a fresh batch whenever you need to use it again.
Most people have baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in their cupboards, so I’m guessing this wont be an issue. If you have dark or delicate carpets you should test this method in an inconspicuous place first.
Super Strength Deodorizing Cleaner
If you have just a small area to deodorize, you can cut this recipe into fourths to clean the urine stain.
The Chemical Reaction is over quickly, remove it completely from the carpet within 5 or 10 minutes. Let dry naturally, then vacuum to resore the nap. The carpet fibers may be a little stiff from the cleaning solution, but they’ll soften up after vacuuming.
- 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from drug store)
- 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent
I’ve broken the recipe into fourths below just to be nice.
- 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide (3% from drug store)
- 1 tbsp. baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 1/4 teaspoon of liquid detergent
Removing Pet Stains and Odor from Bare Floors
It is important for you to take notice of bare floor messes too. Do a good job of not only cleaning up the stuff that you can see, but handle the grout too. You want to make sure that you get the entire mess, or, as we said before, the pet will just make the same mess again.
Additionally, if you have a wood floor or laminate floor that has a protective coating on it, you should consider the products that you use on the flooring. Some products will destroy the covering and will cause additional damage to the floor. Make sure to check with the manufacturer of the flooring for details on what you should not use on your floor to clean up stains.