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Removing Pet Stains and Odors

November 1st, 2011 Pets

No matter what you do, accidents are bound to happen in the house when you have a pet. Whether it's because they're not fully trained, weren't let outside or are sick, there will be a time when you'll face the task of cleaning up after your pets. Here are some useful tips, according to the Humane Society.

1. Add baking soda to your regular detergent when you're machine washing materials that your pet soiled, then let them air dry if possible.

2. If you wash an item and it's still stained, consider buying an enzymatic cleaner, which is available at pet supply stores. Be sure to follow the directions carefully.

3. For new stains on carpet and upholstery, soak up as much of the urine as possible with newspapers and paper towels. The more liquid you get rid of before it dries, the less likely the area will be to smell later on.

4. Rinse a carpet or upholstered item with cool, clean water after you've soaked up the urine, then blot that up or use a wet vacuum.

5. For set-in carpet stains, consider renting a carpet cleaner from your local hardware store.

6. Use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer on cleaned areas. This will not only eliminate odors, but it will make the area less attractive to your pet now that his smell isn't on it.

7. Don't try to clean stains with a steam cleaner. The heat will set the stain and odor permanently by bonding the stain's proteins with the carpet's fibers.

8. Don't use cleaners with strong odors, like ammonia or vinegar, on stains, as they may encourage your pet to reinforce the area by marking it again.

9. For stains on wood or walls, you may need to remove the layer of paint or varnish and repaint it.

10. Use enzymatic cleaners on washable paints and wallpapers after testing an inconspicuous area first.