How to Get Pet Stains Out of Carpet?
Pets are cute little adorable creatures, aren’t they? It can’t be denied though that they can be really messy too. This is one reason why having a pet at home can be a heck of a job. They can be well-trained alright (even in pee and poop matters) but do expect a fair share of accidents as well. And the problem arises when such accidents tend to occur on your most expensive home furnishings such as carpets and other upholstery!
Pets and carpets have a deep connection to share – they love rolling around on soft and warm rugs, and unfortunately, tend to pee, poop, or even throw up there itself! Well, you needn’t worry anymore because here we bring you some of the best and easiest ways to remove pet stain from carpet.
Before we begin, let’s first understand the most common stains that can be expected when you have a pet at home. They could be from your dog or cat peeing on the carpet, accidentally pooping, or any unexpected vomit over the rug. The worst part (even more than getting the stain removed) is to get rid of the odour that stays behind in the carpet after you have wiped off the mess.
Here are a few simple tips you can try out at home to remove pet stain from carpet as well deodorise it as if it were brand new!
Now there are two most common instances –
(a) Your dog may have peed on the carpet and you want to clean up immediately after the accident
(b) your dog passed urine on the rug a few days ago and you wiped it off clean at the time (perhaps even let it out in the sun for a while to get some air and dry out) but the pee stain decides to set in the carpet and is visible even now. Let’s deal with the two situations separately.
Removing Dog Urine Stain from Carpet Right After the Incident
- As you rightly did, clean up the dog urine from the area immediately. It’s much easier to deal with fresh stains than when they dry out. It’s important to mop up as much urine as you possibly can using paper towels, old rags and newspapers. Layer these materials up on the urine and apply a little pressure to absorb as much liquid as possible.
- Rinse the stain – Use water to rinse the pee spot. You can use more paper towels to absorb the rinsed water.
- Spray vinegar over the spot – Did you know that vinegar is a natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic? In other words, it works best to treat a urine spot because of its acidic properties and high pH content. What’s more it’s safe for pets too and can help remove urine stains too.
- Sprinkle baking soda over vinegar – The baking soda-vinegar mixture will foam up upon contact. Cover this foam with a paper towel for about 24 hours. Then rinse the spot well and clean dry. That’s it! You’ve successfully used a cheap, easy-to-make, pet-safe, and eco-friendly homemade pet stain remover!
- You may also choose to use an enzymatic cleaner for removing pet stains from carpet. It’s easily available at a large number of pet stores.
How to Remove Set-In Urine Stains from Carpet?
If your dog has peed a little while ago and the stain has set in, you have two choices –
Use dish soap to clean up. Here’s what you need to do:
- Mix ½ teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup warm water. Stir the mixture until frothy.
- Now pour this soapy water over the stain so that the stain gets fully soaked in.
- Clean the spot dry using a paper towel. Try and sop up as much liquid as possible. You can also vacuum the area, if needed.
- Repeat the above steps until you achieve the desired results.
Use a mix of vinegar, baking soda, and peroxide
- Mix one part vinegar with equal part water.
- Soak an old rug in the vinegar mix and press it firmly over the urine spot so that it works deep into the stain.
- Pour a part of the vinegar solution directly over the stain too.
- Now scrub the spot with a scrub brush or old toothbrush.
- Clean the stain dry using a paper towel.
- Now sprinkle baking soda over the stain. Leave a thin layer over it.
- Mix ½ cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon dish soap. Stir well.
- Pour this solution over the stain and scrub using a brush.
- Dry the spot using a clean towel.
How to Remove Pet Odor from Carpet?
More than even the urine stain itself, what’s worse is the foul odour the mess leaves behind. Just like the stain, the pungent smell tends to set in even days after the accident may have happened. It’s even more difficult because besides you or your guests, even your pet can sniff it and then they tend to return to the spot to mess it up again!
Here are some simple tips to try if you’ve been wondering for long on how to get dog urine smell out of carpet. In fact, performing these timely (when the accident happens) may ensure that the area doesn’t stink at all!
A. Corn Starch
- Throw a large amount of cornstarch directly over the stain.
- Cover the spot with a paper towel for about half an hour.
- Rinse the stain with water.
- Dry the area clean with a rag or paper towel, pressing firmly to soak up all the water.
B. Baking Soda
Baking soda isn’t just a great stain cleaner; it also works great as a deodoriser.
- Mix baking soda and water in a small bowl.
- Apply this paste on the stained spot. Use gloves to avoid touching the urine.
- Pour distilled vinegar over the area, covering the stain.
- Press firmly to soak up the solution.
C. Club Soda
- Pour club soda over the urine stain.
- Soak it up with a clean cloth or sponge.
- Dry the area clean with a paper towel.
- Spray air freshener over the spot to get rid of the pungent club soda odour. Using an air freshener over the carpet would bring back a refreshing and pleasant smell.
Again, the methods described above are all DIY at home ways which are much cheaper and highly effective too in relation to the commercial enzymatic cleaners available in pet stores or online. However, in case you find that these methods aren’t very effective in removing either the stain or getting rid of the odour, it’s best to try out these commercial cleaning situations.
Also, you may sometimes feel that these methods involve a lot of time and effort, especially if you have hectic work schedules. In this case, the easiest and perhaps a more convenient option would be to get a portable carpet cleaner and clean up your expensive carpet yourself. It’s easy to carry, easy to work with, faster and effective too.