As much as we love our pets, their messes can cause us a lot of troubles. We understand these accidents just come with owning a pet, but that doesn’t mean that pet urine and odors are fun to clean up.
Rather than be left to wonder what to do, these 4 DIY methods are sure to aid in removing pet stains and odors from your carpet investment.
Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Solutions
Creating an at-home cleaner that uses common household items has become popular. Not only does it save you money but it provides a more natural solution to pet problems. Homemade cleaners can also be more effective at lifting surface stains in a natural way compared to store bought cleaners.
With all DIY cleaners be sure to start by blotting the area with a towel prior to applying the solution to absorb excess moisture. Always keep in mind that cleaners, especially homemade cleaners, can potentially discolor your carpet so be sure to test a small patch before treating a large area.
Remember to start by only using a small amount and use blotting motions when applying the cleaner rather than scrubbing the stain which will push it further into the carpet.
DIY #1 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine in a spray bottle with a few drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed. Lightly rinse the area with water, towel dry, and vacuum any leftover moisture.
DIY #2 – Vinegar And Baking Soda
Lightly wet the stain with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. You’ll hear the vinegar and baking soda react together, creating a fizzy bubbly sound. This is evidence that it’s working!
Cover the stain with a towel or plastic wrap. Wait for the spot to dry completely (this typically takes up to 2 days). Scoop up the leftover baking soda, rinse the stained area with water, then pat it dry and vacuum up any excess moisture.
DIY #3 – Dishwashing Detergent
Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Apply to the stain, repeat as needed, then towel dry and vacuum the area.
It’s key to use dishwashing detergent—not dish soap.
DIY #4 – Ammonia
Ammonia is a common ingredient in most homemade cleaners. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia into 1 cup water, then rinse the stained area. Repeat as needed, then towel dry and vacuum away the excess water.
Still Having Problems? Leave It To The Carpet Cleaning Professionals
Unfortunately, as well as these cleaners work temporarily, spot treating only removes surface stains, not deep stains and odors.
Pet urine doesn’t just sit on the surface of your carpet. It seeps under the carpet to the backing and even down through the carpet pad and hard flooring at the very bottom. As the moisture from the urine dries, super-concentrated odor crystals are left behind. These smelly crystals will continue releasing odor into your home unless cleaned by a professional.
To effectively remove bacteria, stains, and odors caused by pet urine, it’s vital to schedule a professional pet urine removal treatment every 3-4 months.
Do you want a cleaner, healthier home that’s free of bacteria and odors caused by pets? Chem-Dry Four Seasons in Mukilteo, WA can help!