As a pet owner, it's very possible that, at some point, your pet has had an "accident" on the floor. Hard surfaces are not difficult to clean, but when it comes to carpet cleaning, the process is more involved. There are many cleaning products available, but they must be used correctly to achieve the best results.
It's always important to deal with any pet indiscretions quickly. This carpet cleaning guide will take you through the best methods for each specific circumstance.
HOW TO DEAL WITH URINE STAINS
Place an old towel over the site and tread on it to absorb the majority of the liquid. You may need to repeat this a few times to absorb the majority of the wetness. Follow the following steps to clean the spot:
- Make a mixture of a few drops of detergent mixed in warm water
- Work the mix well into the area with an old cloth
- Press with a fresh cloth or paper towels until the area feels almost dry
- Rinse with cold water and blot up as much moisture as possible.
You may take an extra step to discourage your pet from using the spot again by using a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water and wiping it with a well-rung-out cloth. Follow this with another round of drying off.
HOW TO DEAL WITH SOLID MESS
Although you can clean up a solid "accident" with a paper towel or old cloth, doing so frequently drives it deeper into the carpet, making it more difficult to remove.
It is more effective to use a putty knife or similar flat-bladed knife to scrape it up onto a dustpan. Then, you need to clean the area with a few household ingredients and a spray bottle. Combine about a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, a tablespoon of vinegar (white), and two cups of cold water. Spray on the area and let it sit for around ten minutes or so, then blot everything up with paper towels, but do not rub. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process and spray with cold water to rinse and repeat the blotting process to dry off.
Finally use a quality pet odour neutraliser, readily available at most pet retailers and supermarkets. Before using, be sure to read the directions and test on a small, hidden section of carpet to ensure that it won't leave a stain. Unfortunately, some stains will require more than these simple cleaning methods particularly if they result from pet vomit or blood.
In difficult stain situations, you may decide to rent a steam cleaner, but beware, as you may cause more damage by heating the stain and setting it permanently. These difficult cases are best left in the hands of professionals who know all the best carpet cleaning techniques.
For more information about carpet cleaning, contact a local company.