4 Common Household Staples That Clean Pet-Stained Carpets
If you’ve just become a new pet-parent you are bound to face a few mishaps along the way. A puppy is sure to have an accident or two and if your house is carpeted, that is definitely going to stain and leave a mark. Here are a few household remedies that you can use to make sure that nasty stain doesn’t stay for too long.
It’s every pet owner’s nightmare: You step into a fresh, wet ” accident,” and you’re out of your go-to carpet cleaner. Not to worry — there are actually quite a few household staples that work wonders on pet-stained carpeting!
White vinegar neutralizes odors and can clean stains both new and old. If the urine spot is still wet, blot (don’t rub) the area first. Combine equal parts white vinegar with cold water, pour the solution over the stain, blot again and let it dry. Then, run a vacuum over the spot to finish the job.
Club soda is another household staple that can work wonders on newly soiled carpet. Blot the stain, then pour the club soda over it. Let it soak until the soda stops bubbling, blot again and repeat the process as necessary. Many pet owners swear by this simple household hack!
Didn’t catch that urine spot until it was dry? Baking soda to the rescue! Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stain, let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum. Keep in mind, though, that baking soda can cause stomach upset and other problems if pets ingest it — so put up a baby gate or close some doors, so your pet can’t get to the spot while you’re cleaning it.
If you’ve just discovered a stain that has been there for who knows how long, bleach may be the way to go. Mix a solution of 10 parts water and one part bleach, spray it on the stain, let it sit for 15 seconds then rinse with warm water. Repeat until the spot is gone. A word of caution, though: Bleach may damage certain fabrics and can alter the color of upholstery and carpets, so you might want to test the solution on an inconspicuous spot first. And always make sure to keep that bleach bottle away from any curious pets — we recommend mixing the solution and putting the bleach out of reach immediately.
Stains and smells can be the worst, but that shouldn’t stop you from letting your pooch inside the house. Instead having these household staples handy will help you deal with all carpet staining situations with ease. Whether its a fresh accident or an old one these remedies will keep your carpets fresh and stain free. Just remember to keep your precious fur baby away from the cleaning for his/her own safety.
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