4 Easy Steps To Remove Any Pet Accident:
1). Do it NOW. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove.
2). Use the right equipment. Use a wet vacuum or a small carpet spotting machine to extract the liquid portion of the accident BEFORE rinsing or adding a spot remover.
3). Use the proper cleansing agent AFTER the liquid has been removed.
4). Rinse the spot with plain water and extract the water with your wet vacuum.
Disclaimer: Use the techniques at your own risk. Be aware that pet accidents can damage fiber. Pre-test each solution in an inconspicuous are before using. If the stain or color persists, call a professional right away.
Do-It-Yourself Pet Stain Removal:
If you have pets then you need to get a wet vacuum (more commonly known as a Shop-Vac). They are available for about $40.00. If a pet has an accident on your carpet or upholstery and you find it still wet use a wet vacuum before doing anything else. Simply suck up any liquid. This will allow the urine to be sucked up out of the fiber. If nothing else is available then use paper towels and Blot, Blot, Blot. Do not rub! After you have removed all the liquid you possibly can, treat the area with a proper spot remover or enzyme. The biggest mistake most pet owners make is adding the wrong type of spot remover to a urine spot before they remove the urine. Doing this will give you a puddle of urine with some spot remover in it. This is hardly considered cleaning. Make sure you remove any liquid matter BEFORE adding a spot remover.
What Cleaning Agents To Use AFTER The Liquid Has Been Removed:
Enzymes are usually the best cleaning agent for urine, vomit, and feces. You must use an enzyme for any spot that isn't fresh. We like to recommend Nature's Miracle product. It is commonly found in your pet store, Target, Walmart, or grocery store. An enzyme is the only cleaning agent that actually eats up the bad bacteria in urine. It can be used on carpet, upholstery, and wood.
CAUTION: DO NOT USE THESE SPOTTERS ON URINE OR VOMIT:
Never use any high ph or high residue product. This would include ammonia and Resolve carpet spotter. I have seen many instances where the wrong product caused a urine stain to be permanent. The use of oxygen bleach or OxyClean is also risky on many carpets.
Finally, the longer the problem stays in the fiber, the worse the problem becomes. Professional cleaning is still necessary for overall maintenance every 6-12 months if a pet lives in the home. If you can not remove the pet stain or odor, call us immediately at (916) 525-2456 (Sacramento, California). We will bring in a urine probe device to determine exactly where the problems are and treat only the effected areas with the proper deodorizer. We have tools that even pull the urine from the carpet padding.
Until next time,