Pets are our faithful companions, our confidantes and truly a part of the family. But even the most devoted pet owner is dismayed to see a puppy puddle on the carpet. This all too common problem can ruin your carpet if not treated quickly. In this video we will tell you everything you need to know about treating pet stains on your carpets.
Soak It Up
The earlier you can catch and treat the spot, the better your chances of successfully removing both the stain and the odor. If it just happened blot the spot with rags or towels to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Put some pressure on the stain to absorb moisture that may be trapped closer to the carpet pad, you can step on the towels if necessary. Once you have picked up as much of the liquid as possible it’s time to treat the spot with a liquid enzyme/bacteria digester, you can find one at the pet shop. Follow the directions on the packaging and label. Make sure you leave the product on for the entire soaking time as indicated in the directions. Spray the entire stain with the digestor, cover the area in plastic and step on it to really work that product down deep and into the pad.
Now. what if you didn’t catch Fifi in the act? What can be done for old stains?
Old stains can be tough or next to impossible to remove. Go ahead and treat them with the enzyme digestor, again covering the area in plastic to keep it from drying out while the product is working. If your pet has had frequent accidents in this same spot you may need to neutralize all of the ammonia as it will interfere with the digester’s progress. Four hours after applying the product you should rinse the area with a vinegar and water solution. A cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water is perfect. Rinse the carpet with that and then dose he area again with the digester.
If after all of that work you still have a stain then it’s time to call a professional carpet cleaning and deodorizing specialist. Solutions range from steam cleaning to replacing the pad and possibly treating the subfloor with acid. It’s important to treat the stain and odor down to the very bottom layer or else your pooch will remember the spot and go back there again to do it’s business.
To sum it up: Pet stains are best treated early to avoid costly replacement costs down the road. That’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!