Dealing With Pet Stains and Odors

Acting quickly is the key to successfully removing and . This is especially true when with pet , which leaves behind a nasty and long-lasting , as well as a stain. If you take to cleaning up urine quickly, you should be able to completely remove it so it doesn’t leave a trace. If left to dry, the urine and stain will be much harder to get rid of.

There are a wide range of homemade and commercial pet stain removal products at your disposal to deal with your next pet accident, or to freshen up the smell of your home.

Remove Pet and from a Range Of Surfaces

  • Carpeting – Good carpet shampoos are great for tackling fresh stains. Be sure to remove any solid matter before going to work with your shampoo. After cleaning the spot with shampoo, a soaking through with carbonated water or soda for 10 minutes or so, will lift off any final traces. If the stain has had time to dry, or has soaked right through to the floor underneath, a cleaner with enzymes will work to break down the smell and stain causing compounds. Ensure that you follow the product’s instructions to the letter, to avoid damaging the carpet, as these products can be pretty potent.
  • Hardwood flooring – After wiping off the stain, it’s advisable to apply a commercial cleaning product designed for wood floors. If urine have been allowed to stand for too long, you may have to take more drastic measures and sand, stain and finally re-varnish the wood. Getting to work on the stain quickly should help to avoid this restorative work though.
  • Upholstery, drapes and clothing – Add a cup of vinegar to the wash and get the fabrics into the washing machine as soon as possible – don’t use detergents! Obviously, you may need to take the fabric to the dry cleaners if that is the normal instructed cleaning method for the fabric in question.
  • Concrete – Sealed concrete is one of the easiest materials to clean up from. Simply wipe with a damp cloth and use a commercial cleaning product to eliminate the stain. If the concrete is unsealed, and the feces or urine have been left to stand for too long, you may have a much tougher job on your hands. In this case, neutralize the stain with a commercial cleaning product. Then seal the concrete. If that hasn’t fully eliminated it after a couple of days, you may need to call in the professionals.

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