Nothing quite compares to the love and companionship you can get from a dog. Dogs are loyal, emotionally in-tune, and they can enrich--even extend--your life. And while the relationship between you and your dog will grow stronger with time, the same cannot always be said about the relationship between your dog and your carpet.
Your dog vomits for a few different reasons: overeating, eating the wrong foods, eating something that is not food (like grass), or excess stomach acid. It could also be the result of something serious like intestinal parasites. If left unattended, the acid and organic material can actually eat into the fibers of your carpet, causing a permanent stain and accompanying odor.
- Remove as much of the excess vomit as possible without scrubbing into the carpet.
- Blot the affected area with paper towels or old dishrags.
- Cover the remaining stain with baking soda or corn starch to absorb moisture deep within the carpet fibers. Let set for 15 minutes.
- Vacuum away the soda or starch, then treat with a liberal amount of enzyme-based cleaner. This will break down the acid and organic material, making it easier to remove without damaging your carpet.
Most of the time, you can tell immediately if your dog has done this business on the carpet. If you can remove the fecal matter immediately, you won't need to worry about a huge stain, however, you will still need to disinfect the area with an antibacterial cleaning agent. On the other hand, if your dog has left you a surprise that goes undiscovered for a few days, you'll need to employ a more thorough treatment.
- As with vomit, remove any excess materials without scrubbing into the carpet fibers.
- Treat the stain with some oxi-based pre-laundry cleaning agent. Allow to sit about five minutes.
- Using cold soapy water, scrub out the remainder of the stain until it disappears.
- To remove any remaining odor, apply some white vinegar followed by baking soda. Once the baking soda is dry, vacuum it up.
Treating urine stains on the carpet can be tricky. First, they are not easy to find, even in open areas. Second, urine stains are fairly fast-acting; once they are dry, they are tough to remove. Oftentimes, you'll be able to smell a urine spot before you see it and can find it that way. However, if you're still having trouble locating the stain, a black light can be a handy tool.
- Fresh stains are most easily treated with a wet/dry vacuum; however, paper towels will soak up most of the excess waste.
- Combine 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water, and work the solution into the fibers with a toothbrush.
- After the area had dried, sprinkle baking soda.
- Combine a half-cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and scrub into the carpet fibers. Allow to dry.
Anyone who owns an inside dog will likely have to deal with muddy paw prints. Unlike vomit, feces, and urine, the best way to treat mud stains is to let them dry. Allowing the mud to dry and harden before treatment will make the stain removal process so much easier. Attempting to treat a fresh stain, on the other hand, will likely worsen the situation.
- Remove as much of the dried mud as possible, either by hand or with a vacuum.
- Using a clean white cloth, blot the remaining stain with a non-bleach detergent.
- Once you've removed the stain, rinse the area with clean water, and dry it up with a cloth or wet/dry vacuum.
Dogs--particularly puppies--and carpets don't often get along. Sometimes even trained dogs can slip up every now and then. Thankfully, with the right tools you can clean up most dog messes, and keep your carpet looking and smelling fresh.