Simple Pet Stain Removal Tips
When you have a dog or cat as a family member, pet stain removal is a given at some point. Eventually, you’re either going to step in a surpise that your old friend left you or find a stain that you never knew about.
1. Start Here Before Moving to Step 2
When this happens, don’t panic. Chances are you already have the necessary supplies on hand to eliminate the pet stain and odor.
But, if it’s a fresh mess you’re working with, you’ll want to first remove the excess liquid and/or residue whether it’s urine, vomit and hair and then follow the instructions below.
If you’re working with vomit, then use paper towels or tissue to clean up any large pieces of residue before doing anything.
If you’re cleaning dog urine, then we find it much easier to soak up liquid with a wet/dry shop vac which collects the urine from deep down between the carpet fibers.
It’s important to remove all the urine from the carpet or you may not get rid of the smell. But, if you don’t have one of these handy little shop vacs, paper towels will do. You’ll probably have to use a lot of them. :o) Place the paper towels on the area and press firmly on the spot with your shoe until you remove all the liquid. Repeat until the liquid is absorbed.
2. Two Simple Solutions for Odor and Pet Stain Removal from Carpeting
Solution #1 – removing the stain: This is an excellent way to use ingredients that you most likely already have on hand and save you a few dollars from having to buy a dog urine remover formula from your hardware store.
Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water (we’ll say one cup) together in a spray bottle.
Now, spray the solution generously deep into the carpet fibers so that you’re wetting the entire problem area (not soaked, but wet).
We don’t recommend using brushes, etc. on carpet; we’ve found that using your fingers allows you to better penetrate the solution into the carpet without damaging it. Use your shop vac to suck up the vinegar and water solution until it’s nice and dry. Now, we use a wire mesh strainer to evenly sprinkle about a 1/2 cup of baking soda onto the DRIED spot.
IMPORTANT! Since hydrogen peroxide acts like a bleach, you’ll want to test it in a hidden area in the house before using in an open area where everyone can see. Do this before applying it to the baking soda.
Then, once you’re sure you’re carpet is safe for applying the hydrogen peroxide, measure out a 1/2 cup and place it into a spray bottle. Spray the baking soda area with the hydrogen peroxide (you’ll notice some bubbling and foaming).
Once again, thoroughly dry the area using your shop vac or paper towels before moving onto the next step.
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Solution #2 – deodorizing the area: Here’s a great tip for deodorizing your carpet after any pet messes. We modified the original recipe from expertscolumn.com which made a large amount. This makes enough for one or two small areas.
You can use any essential oil fragrence you want which can be purchased at most health food stores. You can try lavender, lemon, etc. Here’s what to do: Mix 2 cups of baking soda with 6-1/2 drops of the essential oil in a large bowl.
Again, we recommend using a mesh strainer to sprinkle the deodorizer on the DRIED areas. Vacuum afterwards.
More Ideas for Removing Pet Stains
- Some people swear by Club Soda, but quite honestly, we’ve never had any luck with it. They say the trick is to apply it to “fresh” pet accidents. Make sure you soak up the urine first and then use enough “club soda” to thoroughly dampen the area avoiding soaking the carpet too much. Let it sit for five minutes. Use your shop vac or paper towels to remove the excess liquid.
- For blood and other protein stains you should first blot the area with “cold” water. Then mix a little dishwashing soap with warm water and spray or pour onto the problem spot. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Using your shop vac or paper towels, remove the excess water. Rinse again with “cold” water and thoroughly remove the excess water once again.
- For grass stains we recommend using a dry carpet cleaning solution and following the manufacturers instructions.
Pet Stain Removal From Hardwood Floors
The only home remedy that we are aware of for removing urine or other stains from hardwood floors is by using hydrogen peroxide full strength and then removing the varnish.
Since we have never tested this method, we strongly recommend talking to someone at a flooring store for further advice. There’s a good possibility that there may newer products on the market geared towards pet stain removal from hardwood floors.