Pet stain and odor removal can present a real challenge. Yet, this frustrating problem can be overcome with a little knowledge and a few helpful carpet cleaning tips and techniques. Here are five:
Have the right products, tools, and equipment on hand when an accident happens. Enzyme treatments designed specifically for neutralizing urine stains and odors, and a hand-held carpet extractor are two items you’ll need. An enzymatic cleaner that contains bacteria and an oxygen-booster will help you prepare for cleaning up solid pet messes. Don’t skimp on cost, as the lower-priced versions mask odors instead of neutralizing them. The result? They often return later. A scraper or putty knife and dustpan will also be helpful for cleaning up solid pet messes.
Develop the mindset that all pet messes must be cleaned up immediately. The longer they are allowed to stand, the harder they will be to remove and the more you will compromise the life of your carpet.
Urine Stains: Use the extractor to thoroughly remove the urine from the carpet. This works much better than paper towels. Apply the enzyme treatment according to package directions.
Solid Messes: Use the scraper and dustpan to scrape up and remove solids from the carpet. Generously apply the oxygenated enzymatic cleaner and wait at least 45 minutes. Scrape up any remaining solids, let the area dry, and vacuum.
Prevent Pet Interference
To keep pets away during cleaning, lightly cover the treated area with aluminum foil or a plastic bag. These items will make noise when disturbed, keeping curious pets away.
Keep your carpet clean and fresh to make it less attractive to your pets. Vacuum two or three times a week, treat affected areas promptly, and schedule regular professional carpet cleanings.
Pet stain and odor removal isn’t a mystery. With the right tools and techniques, you can keep your carpet looking good and smelling fresh while extending its life. Isn’t that worth the effort?
Pet owners do not have to resign themselves to having ruined carpeting in their homes. Many pets have occasional accidents that can be taken care of right away with the right cleanser and cleaning process. Hiring expert carpet cleaners to give carpeting a professional cleaning on a
regular basis is the best way to keep the home looking and smelling fresh.