Pets often feel like children; and, like children, they tend to bring both lovely chaos and mild destruction to our homes. Beyond the typical paw print problems and shedding situations, there are also those inevitable but dreaded indoor accidents. From house-training puppy to kitty with a finicky stomach, unpleasant mishaps are an inevitability of pet ownership.

Here’s how to get rid of those stubborn stains and keep your home stinky-scent free.

Elimination stains are some of the most dreaded messes that pet owners have to deal with. Nature calls, and sometimes accidents happen. But why does nature always call our pets to the carpet? 

For urine stains, begin by firmly blotting up any excess liquid if it hasn’t completely dried. 

  • Mix together a solution in a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar and water. Add a pinch of baking soda to the liquid. Pour the mixture over the stain to cover it. 
  • For more recent accidents, blotting the stain with a clean cloth or paper towels will probably be enough to lift the stain. 
  • With a more stubborn stain, use a scrub brush to work the solution through the fibers of the carpet. 
  • When the carpet has totally dried, sprinkle baking soda over the area; allow it to stand for 15 minutes before vacuuming. This will help reduce any odor.

For poop stains, begin by getting rid of the waste.

  • Soak the stain in cool water first. Remember to have cool water, as hot water will set the stain. 
  • Mix two cups of water with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. 
  • Using a clean cloth, dab the solution onto the space. Continue until the cloth is no longer picking up color from the stain. 
  • Sponge the carpet with cool, clean water, and then blot it dry.

  • Use the tip above to prevent any lingering smells.

Every cat owner knows the irritation of dealing with a small heap of puke on the carpet. Whether it occurred in slow motion as you tried to coax them onto some tile or your spouse found the “surprise” first (phew!), vomit cleanup is another unavoidable chore for pet owners. 

To clean the putrid pile, scrape its contents off of the carpet and into a trash bag. 

  • Liberally sprinkle baking soda, covering the area. Let it stand for 15 minutes, then vacuum. 
  • After, follow the same procedure for poop stains with the vinegar/dish soap/water mixture. Repeat for as many times as is necessary.

Owning a cuddle creature doesn’t mean that you have to rearrange rugs to accommodate stains. These tips will help you tackle messes and get right back to cuddling. For any and all messes, call The Maids; we’ll get your place spotless for you and “Spot”. Click here for a free estimate.

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