If you’re like most people, you absolutely love your pets. You pamper them, you love them and you can’t imagine your life without them. What you can imagine however is not dealing with pet stains. You know those yucky little presents that your pets leave behind. Well have no fear, you can safely and quickly remove your pet’s stains before they cause further damage.
Clean The Stain As Soon As Possible
First and foremost, you must be willing to get the stain up as quickly as you possibly can. Stains that sit and sit and sit can cause damage. So, the faster you work to remove it, the better chances you’ll have of getting the stain up. Of course, if you can catch your pet doing the pee-pee walk or in the act, you’ll have an even better chance to prevent accidents.
Soak Up The Urine
Next, you should soak up as much of the urine as possible using paper towels. Use as many as needed until the area is almost completely dry.
Removing The Stain
To clean up those stains off carpet, you can use a commercial pet stain remover, an enzymatic cleaner, or you can use a homemade solution. You shouldn’t use ammonia based products as they will attract your pet to the spot again. You also should not use hot water because the heat will permanently set the odor by bonding the protein into the fibers.
If you use a commercial pet stain or enzymatic cleaner; follow the directions carefully. Many manufacturers will tell you to douse the area, scrub it and let dry with a towel. If you prefer to use a homemade solution to clean the area, you should clean it with a mixture of 50/50 vinegar and water and use a paper towel to dab it and remove as much of the water as possible.
If your beloved “goes potty” on a washable item, you can get the stain out by hand washing it with 1/3 cup of vinegar and four cups of water and then rewash it in the washing machine. If you would rather use your washing machine only, you should wash the soaked item with a cup of vinegar and no detergent and then rewash as normal. Another option is to add a one pound box of baking soda to your regular detergent and wash as normal.
Old Pet Stains
Get down on your hands and knees and try to find those old stains. Sniff them out and look for any discolorations. For those stains that are simply too old and no longer emit a smell, you should still clean them up. This is because your pet has outstanding olfactory senses and can smell things that you can’t and will continuously use the area if they smell it out. Therefore, you have to clean up those scents you can smell and even those you can’t.
To find those hidden stains, you must use a UV lamp that you purchase at a pet store that has a built in ultra violet filter. To do this, you darken the room and then shine the light on the suspected areas and the urine soaked area will show up immediately. You can then chalk up the area and clean it with your commercial pet cleaning or homemade pet cleaning solution once you’re done investigating. And, like magic the stain will magically disappear.
In conclusion, you can remove your pet’s stain by following the above tips. By doing so, you’ll not only encourage your pet to utilize designated areas but you’ll discourage them from going potty wherever they please. This will strengthen your relationship with your pet immensely and save you the embarrassment of having a pet stained and smelly home.