Declare war on pet stains, and win.
He loves you. You love him. What you don’t love, however, are the unwanted deposits he leaves on the floor every now and then. If you’re thinking of selling your home, you don’t want pet stains on the carpet. It’s a surefire way to ruin an otherwise stellar showing, and ultimately, making you miss out on the sale.
So how do you remove Fido’s calling card from your carpets? Read on for 2 methods to remove pet urine stains from your carpets…
Method 1: Baking Soda, Vinegar and Water
What you need:
- Paper towels or cloth towels (if the stain is fresh)
- Clean scrubbing brush or toothbrush
- Equal parts water and vinegar
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle
If the stain is new, use paper towels or a cloth towel to blot the area as dry as you can get it. Be careful not to rub the area with the towel. You may need more than one towel. Continue blotting the area until it is fairly dry.
In a spray bottle, mix together equal parts water and vinegar. Liberally spray the area with the water and vinegar solution.
Once the area is soaked with the water and vinegar solution, use the scrubbing brush, or toothbrush, to thoroughly scrub the area. Scrubbing hard helps get the solution deep into the carpet’s fibers, where pet urine may linger.
While the area is still wet, apply baking soda and spritz a couple times with the water and vinegar solution. You should notice fizzing right away. Use the scrub brush or toothbrush to work the baking soda deep into the carpet fibers.
Let the solution sit until it’s completely dry. It may take 1-2 days to completely dry. When the area is completely dry, vacuum the area well.
Method 2: Liquid Dishwashing Soap And Water
What you need:
- Clean bowel or other container
- Liquid Dishwashing Soap
- Paper towels
- Clean cloth
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap with 1 cup of warm water. Use your finger to stir the mixture until it becomes sudsy.
Pour the mixture directly onto the area. Take care to cover the entire area with the soap and water mixture.
Next, use a paper towel to blot the area. Blot (not rub) the area until you soak up most or all of the soap and water mixture. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
When finished, use warm water on a clean cloth to remove any excess soap. Allow the area to completely dry, and then vacuum well.
Note: It’s a good idea to use natural methods to remove pet stains from your carpets, especially if you still have a pet in the house. Chemical alternatives can leave behind poisonous residue that may harm your pet.