Posted on: 10 March 2015Share
Potty training pets can easily wreak havoc on your carpet each time they have an accident in the house. While the use of professional carpet cleaning services is the best way to remove the stains and odors left behind by your fur baby's accidents, taking advantage of these professional services every time your pet has an accident simply is not realistic. Consequently, it is vital that you know how to find and eliminate these stains in between professional cleanings by a company like KC Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners. The step by step guide below will help you in accomplishing this goal.
What You Will Need
- black light
- white vinegar
- baking soda
- spray bottle
- white cloths or paper towels (the bigger the stain, the more cloths you will need)
Step 1: Find The Stain
While some stains will be obvious, many dried urine stains will be hard to see despite the fact that you can smell them each time you walk in the room. Thankfully, you can easily find these stains using a basic black light.
Begin by closing any curtains or window blinds and turning off all the lights. The goal is to block out as much natural light as possible. If you find that your room is still brightly lit despite these efforts, you may need to put a few heavy blankets up over of the windows until after you have located all of the pet stains in your carpet.
Once your room is blacked out, turn on your black light and begin looking for any spots on the floor that are glowing. These spots are pet urine. In order to ensure you are able to find these spots once the lights are back on, take a piece of chalk and lightly outline the stain.
Step 2: Blot Up As Much Of The Stain As Possible
If you are lucky enough to find the stain before it dries, removing a large volume of the urine will be rather easy. Simply place a white cloth on top of the soiled area and apply pressure. While you may be tempted to scrub the stain at this point, it is important to resist this temptation as it can actually drive the pet stain deeper into your carpet. Continue blotting the soiled area until a clean cloth comes up dry when applying pressure.
If the stain has already dried before you find it, you will need to dampen the area with warm water in order to reactivate the stain. Then simply follow the same steps you would when dealing with a fresh urine stain.
Step 3: Remove Any Remaining Stain
Now that you have gotten as much of the stain up as possible by simply blotting the area, you will need to mix a homemade cleaning solution in order to lift the remainder of the stain and eliminate any odors. First, sprinkle three teaspoons of baking soda on the stain. Then make your cleaning solution by mixing one part warm water with one part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Be sure to mix the solution thoroughly before spraying it on the stain.
Once the entire stain is covered with your cleaning solution, allow the solution to sit for a few minutes so that it can work its way deep into your carpet. Next, place a clean cloth over the stain and apply pressure to the cloth using the back of a tablespoon. Begin on the outside of the cloth and work your way to the middle in a spiral pattern. This will allow you to avoid spreading the stain. Continue repeating this motion until you have successfully removed the entire stain.