As much as you love your pets, it can be extremely frustrating when they make messes in your home! It goes without saying that the most annoying mess is when they have an accident on your carpet. The stains and the stinky urine smells just make you want to rip up your carpet and get a new one!
Luckily CJ’s Chem-Dry is here to help you out! We’ve compiled the top 3 methods for getting rid of pet stains and odors from carpet.
Using a do-it-yourself cleaner is pretty simple! These solutions save you money and come from ingredients you probably have in your cabinets. Plus, they’re natural and don’t come with the harsh chemicals that store-bought cleaners often have. Here’s how you should use DIY cleaners:
- Gently blot the stained area with a towel prior to applying the solution.
- Apply a small amount of cleaner to the stained area. You can gradually increase the amount of solution applied to the carpet if necessary — just don’t dump the entire solution on it!
- Carefully blot the stained area. Don’t scrub the area because it can push the stain further into the carpet.
- Repeat the process if necessary.
*Warning: Some homemade cleaners have the potential to discolor your carpet, so spot-check a small area before cleaning the entire stain.*
DIY #1 – Vinegar And Baking Soda
Wet the urine stain with vinegar and then sprinkle baking soda on top. You should hear the vinegar and baking soda reacting together and creating a bubbling sound. Cover the stain with a towel or plastic wrap and wait for the spot to dry completely (may take up to 2 days). After it is dry, remove the wrap or towel and pick up any leftover baking soda. Then, rinse the stained area with water, pat it dry, and vacuum up any excess moisture.
DIY #2 – Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap
Mix 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine in a spray bottle with several drops of dish soap (any kind will do). Spray this solution on the stain and repeat as needed. Once this is done, lightly rinse the area with water, dry it with a towel, and vacuum up the leftover moisture.
DIY #3 – Ammonia
Mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia into 1 cup water, then apply this to the stained area. Dry the area with a towel and vacuum the excess water.
DIY #4 – Dishwasher Detergent
Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwasher detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the stain, pat the area dry with a towel, and then vacuum the area. Repeat if necessary.
*Be sure to use dishwashing detergent—not dish soap!
Store-Bought Stain Removers
Nowadays, there are many effective stain removers that are both affordable and non-toxic, making them safer for your family and pets. We recommend using OxiClean, Resolve, or Spot Shot, which can be found online or in most supermarkets in Minneapolis.
Before applying the store-bought remover, dry up as much moisture as you can with a towel or rag. Spray the cleaner, and then wipe the excess away with a towel. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue, dry the area with a towel, and then vacuum.
Remember to always use a small amount of cleaner first, before applying more. Over-saturating the stained area can leave dirt-attracting residue on your carpet.
Professional Carpet Cleaners
Sometimes, pet urine can seep beneath the carpet surface into the carpet backing, the carpet pad, and even the flooring. As the moisture dries, concentrated odor crystals are left behind. These crystals release a stinky odor into your home unless properly removed by professional cleaners.
That’s where we come in! As your preferred carpet cleaner in Minneapolis, we have cleaning equipment and solutions that have been specifically designed to remove pet stains and odors at the source. We highly recommend scheduling a professional pet urine removal treatment every 3-4 months to keep your home clean and healthy for all your pets!