Removing Pet Stains from Carpet
Did you get a new pet over the holidays? It often takes puppies and kittens a little time to figure out where their bathroom is. If your carpet is beginning to smell like a litter box, these cleaning tips might help.
First, clean up the accident as soon as possible. Be sure to blot the stain instead of rubbing, which will cause the stain to set into the carpet fibers. There are a couple different recipes using natural cleaners.
White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Fill a spray bottle with plain white vinegar. Using a spray bottle allows you more control on the amount of vinegar used. Spray the entire stain until wet. Agitate with a brush if needed. Cover with baking soda. You will hear the baking soda begin to sizzle letting you know it's working. Allow the mixture to completely dry, preferably overnight if possible. Then vacuum up the baking soda.
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and dish soap
Mix 4 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide, 2 tbsp. water, and a couple of drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. This can easily be doubled or tripled for larger stains if needed. Hydrogen Peroxide can have a bleaching effect so spot test for colorfastness. Spray the entire stain and agitate with a brush. Let the stain sit for 10 minutes then blot with a white towel. Repeat these steps if necessary.
Enzyme cleaners like Nature's Miracle can be purchased at a number of stores and are specifically designed to break down urine, feces, or vomit. The enzymes breakdown this organic material helping to remove odors and stains. These cleaners also sometimes contain smells that encourage your pet not to use that area again.