Alas, our fur babies perceive the comforts of home a bit differently than we do. Most pet owners, both dog and cat, often complain that their pets will sometimes leave behind pungent smelling puddles right on the carpet, although they are trained and provided with a litter box. While there may be various reasons that they act like this, removing pet odors and stains from carpets can be challenging.
As a pet owner, if you’re not vigilant in spotting your pets’ mischief and cleaning up after them in time, the smell and stain will persist for a long time. Plus, it may take more than just buying an odor-eliminating candle, air freshener, or carpet powder to get rid of those strong odors permanently.
Fortunately, there are a few proven methods for removing pet stains and odors from carpets and in today’s blog post, we’ll discuss the top three.
Preparation Before Cleaning
While most pet owners immediately start scrubbing the carpet after spotting the pet stain, it is crucial to first absorb excess moisture from the fresh stain. In order to do this, you can use paper napkins, towels, or a clean, dry cloth.
- Place the cloth on the stain and let it absorb the excess moisture.
- Next, use multiple dry wipes until they stop absorbing more moisture.
- Slowly move from the edges of the stain to the center and do not apply pressure. This will prevent the puddle from spreading over the surface of the carpet.
Removing Pet Stains and Odors from the Carpet
Once the moisture is absorbed, make sure to clean and remove the stuff that remains. To do this, you can pick any of the methods from the list below.
1. Cleaning Using Alcohol
Mix alcohol with water or use ready-made vodka to break down uric acid crystals. Not only will it clean the carpet from the stains, but it will also remove the smell.
- Soak a cotton pad in an alcohol-water solution or vodka and rub it over the stain, moving from edge to center.
- If rubbing isn’t working, try leaving the cotton pad on the stained area.
- Finally, scrub it with a brush and leave the carpet to dry.
2. Cleaning Using Vinegar
Plain white vinegar also works well at removing pet stains. It will help neutralize an odorous stain that has already dried.
- Pour vinegar directly onto the stained area.
- Leave the carpet to dry.
- Once dry, scrub the treated area with a stiff brush or sponge.
3. Cleaning Using Citric Acid
Experts suggest using citric acid or lemon juice on freshly stained carpet to eliminate the stain or smell.
- Prepare the following mixture: 1 teaspoon of citric acid per 100ml of water or squeeze a freshly cut lemon into a glass.
- Pour the mixture over the stain and leave it to dry.
Using lemon will help remove the stain and get rid of the smell, leaving the carpet with a pleasant citrus scent.
If none of the above methods work, you can always contact Perfection Carpet Cleaners to do the job for you. We offer pet odor removal services at budget-friendly rates. Our specialists use industry best practices and the most reliable tools to help you eliminate pet odors and stains. Schedule your appointment anywhere in Peabody today!