How to Remove Pet Stains and Odors
When your puppy is in its early stages of potty training, accidents are bound to happen. But the question is: how do you deal with it?
Here are some useful tips on how to clean carpeted areas and upholstery depending on the age of the stain:
New stains that still are wet
• Soak the soiled area with a combination of newspaper and paper towels
When your dog pees on carpet, the best thing to do is to place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot and cover the pile with a thick layer of newspaper. If possible, put newspaper under the soiled area as well. This will help with the absorption. You can repeat the process a number of times, until the area is barely damp.
• Put the urine-soaked paper towel in your dog’s pee spot
While this is not a stain removal tip, it helps ensure you don’t deal with more stains in the future. The benefit of doing this will reinforce the behavior to eliminate only in the designated location.
Old stains that have set
• Use a wet vacuum to remove the stain and odor
As wet vacuums do a great job of pumping clean water through your carpet to force the dirty water out, it is very effective in removing stain and odor. Just make sure to carefully follow the instructions to avoid further headache.
• Use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer
Neutralizers do a good job in removing the order, but make sure only to use it when the area has already been thoroughly cleaned. Don’t forget to test the cleaner on a small area to ensure it won’t cause any other stains.
• Avoid using steam cleaners
Most people make the mistake of using steam cleaners to remove urine odors from carpet or upholstery. The heat will permanently set the stain and the odor by bonding the protein into any man-made fibers.
• Avoid using cleaning chemicals
While most odors can be removed by using ammonia or vinegar, it’s not a good idea because they don’t effectively eliminate or cover the urine odor. In worse cases, they may actually encourage your pet to reinforce the urine scent mark in that area.