Pet Stains how to Find them in your Carpet
Living my own experience with pet stains I would like to say that is a very difficult topic for me, why? first of all I have three Chihuahuas (so lovely) , but my nightmare starts like this: they like to pee wherever they want including my clothes, shoes, sneakers. That is why I took the decision to take them out to the backyard every day during the morning, after every meal and before bed time. Nowdays pets have become part of the families and homes of a lot of people, with people now taking their pets on vacation with them, with finding pet friendly hotels at petswelcome.com or other such sites, it may be wise to know how to clean up spotlessly after your pet. For that reason I would like to share with all of you a few tips:
Pet Stain Using a Vinegar Solution
The first thing you should try is mixing a solution of 50% white vinegar, with water. This should be applied liberally to the stain, so that it is able to soak down into the carpet, and reach anywhere that the urine may have penetrated to. A scrub brush can also be used to really work it into the fibers of the floor. The vinegar will act to neutralize the urine, eliminating much of the caustic smell.
When complete, blot the area dry with a clean cloth or several paper towels.
Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda Carpet Cleaning
This carpet cleaning process starts by dropping a generous handful of baking soda on the stained area. You want to make sure that a small mound rises above the center of the marking, and covers the entire affected area.
Next, mix a half cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of plain dishwashing detergent. It’s important that this is plain detergent, and is not caustic in any way. This should then either be poured over the baking soda, or else placed in a spray bottle, and spritzed onto the powder covered stain. Work the mix thoroughly into the carpet using a scrub brush, in order to ensure that it penetrates all the way down.
You may want to test this process out on a small, out of the way section of carpet first, to ensure that it doesn’t discolor the material.
Important Note: Never use Hydrogen Peroxide which is more concentrated than 3%. You should also ensure that the area is well ventilated when applying the solution, and while waiting for it to dry.
When you are satisfied, leave the solution to dry over the course of an hour or two. This will leave behind dry baking powder, which can then be vacuumed up. If the baking soda has clumped up, these clumps can be broken apart into powder and then suctioned up.
All of these carpet cleaning processes can be repeated as many times as necessary to remove the stain, and eliminate any residual odors.
When cleaning pet odor stains from a carpet you want to be sure to never use harsh chemical cleansers that have a strong, caustic smell. These will not cover up the smell of the urine to your pet, and may cause them to actually try remarking the same spot in the carpet.
Pet Stains Clean Your Carpet With a Wet Vac
A wet vac is a machine that flushes the carpet with clean water, and then sucks out the resultant dirty water. This is particularly useful for pet stains, as the water can dive down deep into the carpet, and then suck out any residual waste particles that may remain behind. You can usually rent a wet vac from your local hardware store.
Important Note: NEVER use a steam cleaner to deal with pet odors and stains. The heat from this process will set the stain into the carpet, making it permanent.
Pet Odor Neutralizers
Once you are sure that the carpet is thoroughly cleaned of any stains and odors, the final thing you should do is sprinkle or spray some pet odor neutralizing powder on the affected area. This can usually be purchased from your local pet products retailer.
If the accident is particularly bad, then the urine may actually penetrate down into the carpet padding. In this case it may not be possible to completely clean the carpet of offending particles, without ripping up the floor and replacing the padding itself.
Preventative Behavioral Techniques
Keeping your carpet free of pet stains is an ongoing process. Not only do you want to clean up old stains, but you also want to do everything in your power to prevent new ones. This can be done by using a variety of behavioral techniques in order to train your pet to only relieve themselves in areas that you designate.
As mentioned earlier one technique for this is to place towels and paper products stained with the pet’s urine, in places where they are allowed to do that behavior. Dogs and cats react very strongly to smell, and by placing those odors in that area, you will signal to them that this is the place where those behaviors are acceptable.
You also want to make extensive use of positive reinforcement. Whenever the pet does use an area where they are allowed to relieve themselves, they should be rewarded extensively. In this way you will ingrain the good behavior in them over time. However this can be a relatively long process, so be prepared to use patience as you try and house break your furry friends.