Many Americans have pets. In fact, over 83 million households own dogs and more than 95 million households own cats. That’s a lot of pets – and a lot of pet accidents.
Everyone loves their pets, but that doesn’t mean that living with pet stains on your flooring, nor the odor that goes with it, is something any of us choose or prefer. Pet stains and urine odor can make your home less than the oasis you deserve. It’s also embarrassing and keeps you from enjoying your pets as much as you should.
There are several reasons your pets could have accidents in your home:
• Puppies or kittens that are not yet house trained or litter box trained
• Pets who mark their territory
• Senior pets who can no longer control their bowel or bladder
• Sick pets with bowel or bladder control problems
One of the ways to avoid pet stains or odors is to clean up the mess as quickly as possible. Keep an eye on your pet, and whenever they have an accident, take the following steps:
1. Soak up the urine first. You want to get as much of it out of the carpet as you can before you do any sort of cleaning. The best approach is to lay paper towels on top of the accident and push down on it to soak up the urine.
2. As the towels get soaked, lay down new ones and continue to let them absorb as much as possible out of the carpet until you have gotten up as much as you think you can. At this point, lay down some more towels and stand on the towels. The additional pressure from your weight will pull some more urine out of the fibers of the flooring.
3. Once you’ve gotten as much of the wetness out of the carpet that you can, clean the area with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. Pour or spray the mixture on to the accident and let it soak into the carpet. The vinegar will help neutralize the odor from the urine. Rub gently with a clean cloth or with a scrub brush. This method should remove most of the odor.
If the accident is dry by the time you notice it, then skip right to the vinegar step. It’s important to thoroughly scrub the dried urine to make sure you get the stain up as much as possible.
The truth about pet accidents is that they happen. The other truth is that they can often leave stains and odor that are difficult for a homeowner to get out of their carpet and their home. A professional carpet cleaner has the equipment and the right products to properly clean the stain and get out the odor.
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