How to Remove Pet Stains
Are you a pet owner? Do you have old or dry pet stains that seem impossible to remove from your carpet? Here are tips on the best ways to remove the hardest pet stains.
According to an article at wikihow.com, “Removing Pet Stains”
“1. Absorb the mess. Use wet towels or paper towels, layered and topped by some kind of weight, to quickly absorb fresh puddles. Run the towels under cool water, then wring them out so they’re damp but not dripping. Place them over the stain completely and put something heavy on top, like cans of food, a pair of shoes, or a book. The moisture helps soak up the urine, while the weight presses the towels down into the carpet. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes.
If you use heavy books, put a layer of plastic wrap or aluminum foil on top of the wet towels first, to avoid wetting and staining the book.
Fold a bath towel two times and cover the urine spot. Stand on towel and dab the urine into the towel by walking in place. When urine is seen on the towel under your shoes pick up the towel and cover the urine with an unsoiled section of the folded towel. Repeat as necessary to get the liquid up. As urine comes up from the carpet use unfolded towels or only fold once.
If the spot has been wet longer than 10 minutes, it’s probably soaked into the carpet pad. Make the towel 50% wider than the area of visible stain and use more damp towels and a heavier weight.
2. Re-wet the spot with water. After you’ve lifted the towel, pour a small amount of cold water over the spot again. Start pouring just outside the perimeter of the stain, slowly moving toward the center. This will prevent the water from spreading the urine out into an even wider circle. Allow the water to work through the stain for about a minute.
3. Spray enzyme cleaner over the area. Non-toxic and effective, enzymatic cleaners work by breaking down stains into their basic elements, eliminating the compounds that create smells and stains. Using an enzymatic cleaner is the best way to help break down the proteins left over from the urine, removing the smell as well as the impulse for the pet to urinate in the same spot again.
You can buy enzymatic cleaner at most pet stores, or you can make your own with clean water, brown sugar, and orange peels.
Most enzymatic cleaners need to be kept on a wet area for several hours. However, some might use a different process, so be sure to read the instructions on the label. If you’re cleaning wool carpet, make sure the cleaner is wool-safe.” To read the entire article click here.
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