We love our pets and consider them to be part of the family, but part of pet ownership is dealing with pet stains. Urine stains can be tricky because not only does urine stain fabrics, it can also leave an unpleasant odor. Pet stains fortunately can be treated with common household cleaning products or store bought specialty pet products both of which can be effective. Here is a step by step guide on how to remove a pet stain.
Step 1: Act quickly. The longer the pet stain has to set in the more difficult it will be to remove permanently. Start by blotting the area with an absorbent cloth to soak up excess liquid. Do not rub the stain or you will force it deeper into the fabric.
Step 2: Apply your preferred cleaner by spraying the area. Store bought pet stain removal product will have their own instructions, but you can make your own solution at home by mixing 50% white distilled vinegar and 50% warm water with a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle.
Step 3: Once your solution has soaked into the stained area use a dry cloth to gently rub and soak up the residue. Microfiber cloths and paper towels are very absorbent and will do a good job at soaking up any moisture from the stain area.
Step 4: Repeat. Pet stains can be stubborn because darker urine will cause more discoloration on the fabric. If the stain is not removed entirely, repeat the process to eliminate the stain.
Step 5: Deodorize. Pet stain even though they appear to be gone can still produce unwanted odors in your home. Pet stain removal product and vinegar sometimes will only mask the smell temporarily. Deodorize by sprinkling baking soda on the stain and gently rub it into the carpet. Let the baking soda sit overnight. In the morning remove the baking soda with a vacuum.
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