Pet owners often struggle with keeping the carpet free of stains and the upholstery free of hair. But before looking up the nearest carpet cleaning professional, check underneath the kitchen sink.
“Vacuuming would be the best thing to do, with a well-working vacuum or sweeper,” says Robert Warden, owner of Cleaning Connection. “Sometimes that doesn’t always get the little hairs that intertwine in the fabric. For that, often lint rollers work well for pulling hair out of furniture and upholstery. It can even be used on some carpets effectively. I’m pretty big on using common household items. If you don’t have a lint roller, use duct or masking tape to make your own.”
Pet beds can help with limiting the hair left behind by your pet.
“If you keep them groomed regularly or use hair mitts, that cuts down on shedding,” says Rosie Beamer, owner of Trusty Corporate Cleaning. “I’ve seen people put a pet blanket down so the pet always lays on it. Then you can just pick it up and shake it outside, then throw it in the wash. There are also over-the-counter sprays that will deter your pet from getting on the furniture. You can buy them at any retail store if you don’t want them on the furniture at all.”
The Humane Society recommends for new stains soaking up as much of the urine as possible. Do this by placing a thick layer of paper towels over the wet spot and covering that with a thick layer of newspaper. If possible, put newspaper under the soiled area as well. Stand on this padding for about a minute, and repeat until the area is barely damp. Put the fresh, urine-soaked paper towel in your pet’s designated bathroom area. Rinse the accident zone thoroughly with clean, cool water, blotting dry. This works well on carpet and upholstery stains.
Experts suggest the sooner you get to the stain the better. Canine urine left on carpets can permanently alter the dye. Remove any solid residue with a dull knife. Blot fresh stains with a clean, white cloth. After absorbing as much moisture as possible, apply a solution of 1/4 teaspoon clear dishwashing liquid mixed with one cup of tepid water; blot with another clean, dry towel. Rinse by blotting with a towel damped with tepid water. Continue alternating with a soapy towel and a clean, damp towel until the stain is gone. For stale stains or persistent odor, look into calling a professional carpet cleaner.
For preventing future accidents, once the area is clean, make it unattractive and unavailable to your pet and make the appropriate bathroom area more attractive. As long as your pet can smell its personal scent, it will continue to return to the previous accident zone.
Experts recommend Nature’s Miracle pet stain and odor remover for getting out pet stains.
“A general rule: a good neutralizer for urine soaks, and things like a vinegar and water mix. You can put a mixture of vinegar and water, a couple ounces per quart of water, into a sprayer and mist those areas heavily. After it’s saturated, allow it to sit for two to five minutes, then blot it with a clean towel. That will do a lot to remove the odor and even help with the stain-removal process. After you rinse you want to follow up with a cleaning agent.”