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About 48 million American homes have at least one dog. Almost 32 million homes have at least one cat. While animals are a part of your family and can bring you endless amounts of love and joy, they require a lot of care.
No one wants it to happen, but sometimes pets have an accident in the house. Now you’re stuck cleaning up the mess and trying to figure out how to remove the stain.
This guide will help you keep your home clean by teaching you how to remove pet stains from carpets.
How to Keep Your Carpets Clean
The best way to keep your carpets clean is by avoiding the mess and stains in the first place. Create an entryway at one of your home exterior entry doors. This area should have a hard floor like wood, tile, or vinyl.
Create a mini dog cleaning station here. Now you can wipe your pet’s paws and get them clean before they enter the rest of the home. If they need to go out and have an accident, it’s an easy cleanup.
How to Remove Pet Stains From Carpets
Animals are unpredictable, though, and sometimes they have an accident on the carpet. The key to successful carpet maintenance is to act fast. Once pet urine dries, the pet odors set into the fibers, and it’s incredibly difficult to get the smell out.
Clean up Dog Pee
Blot the wet area with a towel or paper towels. You want to press it into the carpet so that it absorbs as much of the liquid as possible. Then you’ll need to spray a cleaning solution onto the spot.
Try mixing this cleaning solution and letting it soak in for five to ten minutes.
- 2 cups of vinegar
- 2 cups of warm water
- 4 tablespoons of baking soda
Blot the area dry after it’s had a chance to soak in. If you have a stubborn stain, you can put baking soda directly on it and let it sit.
Clean up Dog Vomit
The acids in vomit can eat into your home’s surfaces and create stains quickly. To prevent this, try cleaning up after your pet as soon as possible. Blot the area to clean to remove as much moisture as possible.
Then use this mixture to clean the area. Once the stain or soil is removed, rinse the area by blotting with clean water.
- 2 cups of warm water
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
- 1/2 cup of vinegar
What If the Urine Is Already Dry?
If something happens and the dog stain has already dried, then you still have options. Combine equal parts of vinegar and water. Pour the solution on the area and use a soft brush to scrub the stain.
Blot with a towel until the area is dry. If the stain is still there, then repeat the process until the stain is clean.
Keep Your Home Clean
Knowing how to remove pet stains from carpets will help you to keep a clean and fresh smelling home. Then you won’t have to deal with that impossible smell of urine haunting your carpets.
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