Though we love them so, our pets often drive us crazy by tinkling on the carpet. And they never decide to go in a discrete location – they seem to prefer going right in the middle of the fanciest room in your home.
But don’t worry: We’ll explain everything you need and what you’ll need to do to take care of that stain and keep your carpet looking fantastic (well, as fantastic as it did beforehand – this won’t help you get out the bubblegum your 6-year-old smeared into the carpet).
It won’t take you long and you’ll only need a handful of items that you probably already have in your kitchen.
What You’ll Need:
- Shop vac or a wet-dry vacuum
- Paper towels or cotton cloth
- Spray bottle
- Scrub brush
- Liquid dish-washing detergent
- White vinegar
- Baking Soda
What You’ll Do:
- Remove any fluid you can by using the shop vac.
- Blot the stain with paper towels or a cotton cloth to remove as much remaining moisture as possible.
- Mix about a teaspoon of dish detergent in a spray bottle filled with a 50:50 mix of white vinegar.
- Spray the affected area liberally with the vinegar solution.
- Work the solution into the carpet using the scrub brush.
- Use the shop vac to remove as much of the solution as you can.
- Blot the area once more to remove as much moisture as possible.
Obviously, you’ll have the best results if you treat stains promptly, so it is a good idea to have these items at the ready. This way, you won’t have to run around your kitchen, frantically trying to mix up a stain-fighting solution when you discover your pee-peeing Pomeranian sprinkling on the new carpet.
You may have to lather, rinse and repeat the process a few times to completely eliminate the stain, but this is effort well-spent. If you don’t eliminate the odors associated with the stain – and by this, we mean eliminate odors your dog’s sensitive nose can detect – your pooch may feel inclined to revisit the scene of the crime and reassert his claim to the carpet.
While this procedure will work for most carpets, you should always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions when trying to treat a stain, so that you don’t void the warranty or inadvertently damage it. Additionally, it is wise to test any cleaning solution – including the vinegar and dish detergent solution recommended above – on an inconspicuous area of your carpet first to verify that it is safe.
Just remember, you may not have to deal with pet stains if you enlist the help of a good dog-walking service. This way, your precious pooch will get plenty of chances to go outside to relieve himself. He won’t have to hold it all day long and your carpet will thank you.