Natural Cleaners for Removing Pet Accident Stains from Carpeting
Pet stains on the carpet are unsightly and can cause unwelcome odours. Getting to them quickly, knowing how to remove them and having the supplies on hand are all essential tools to taking care of the problem successfully. There are a variety of commercial cleaners available and many of them do an excellent job, but most are full of chemicals making them unsafe and can be quite expensive. Thankfully there are many natural cleaners that most people already have around the house that will do a superb job at not only getting out the stain but also eliminating the offending odour. These cleaners cost a fraction of what a commercial cleaner costs and are a better choice for both the environment and the home.
The instant a pet accident is discovered action should be taken. Start by blotting the stain with something absorbent, an old rag works well. Do not rub it as that can make it worse. Continue blotting until it is as dry as possible. Follow by rinsing the area with cool water and blotting it dry once again. A wet vac can be used to help remove the rinsing water.
A cleaner can now be applied to help remove any lingering odours and stains. White vinegar is a common natural cleaner that works well at eliminating unwanted smells and messes. Combine equal amounts of vinegar and water and apply to the spot, leave a couple of minutes and then blot. Do not rub as that can just spread it around. Follow with a cool water rinse. On very tough stains straight vinegar can be used.
Baking soda also makes a good stain remover. Simply pour it straight on the area, leave a couple of hours and then vacuum it up. The baking soda should draw out the stain and the odour. Be sure to keep pets away from the baking soda while it is on the carpet.
Hydrogen peroxide has also been proven to work well. Combine 75% water and 25% hydrogen peroxide and follow the same procedure as when using the vinegar. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach some carpets, it is best to test it first on a hidden area to ensure it will cause no damage. Hydrogen peroxide is available at most dollar stores.
A mild dish soap can also do a good job of getting out stains. Mix with water and pour on the area and then gently blot. Follow with a cool water rinse and blot again or use a wet vac to remove as much moisture as possible. Smaller carpets can be put in the washing machine. A laundry soap made specially for baby diapers works wonders. If specialty soap is not available adding some baking soda to regular laundry soap can help a lot. Using a steam cleaner on pet stains is not recommended as the heat of the steam cleaner could actually set the stain in.
Pet accidents can be very difficult to completely remove, especially the odour. However when prepared it should not be necessary to turn to expensive chemical laden commercial cleaners. Using natural cleaners that most people already have around the home should easily do the trick in removing the pet accident stain and odours from the carpeting.