Pets bring so much joy to our lives, but even the best-behaved pets make messes sometimes. Whether your four-legged friend was sick, had a wee accident, or was simply being a bit naughty, it’s now fallen to you to get rid of the stain and odor left behind. Pet stains and odors are one of the most frustrating things to deal with, as they can continue to resurface time and again if not treated correctly.
Trying to remove a pet odor or stain yourself? Here are the 4 steps we recommend.
If you are struggling with pet-related odor and/or stains, Serv R Us can help. We provide professional deep cleaning services to the metro Atlanta area. Our pet odor and stain removal treatments are safe, effective, and permanent.
Step 1: Identify the Source
Are you dealing with pet vomit, urine, or excrement? Are you trying to remove the stain and odor from hardwoods or carpets, synthetic or natural fibers, leather or upholstered couches? Depending on your answer, you will need to change the tactic you are using to deal with the stain or smell. Most DIY solutions or commercial cleaning products will include white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, but if used incorrectly or in the wrong proportions, these can cause irreparable damage to certain materials, such as natural stone or a wool rug. Be sure you have correctly identified both the area to be treated and the material you will be treating – before you proceed.
If you can smell pet urine but can’t tell exactly where it’s coming from, try using a black light. It’s possible the area was treated and the stain has dissipated, but the smell – and the source of the smell – remains.
Step 2: Gather Supplies
For a basic DIY pet stain removal solution, you will need the following supplies:
The clean cloth you choose should be white in order to reduce the risk of color transfer during cleaning. You may also want to use Hydrogen Peroxide alongside the baking soda, depending on the type of material you are trying to clean. Only use hydrogen peroxide that has been diluted to less than 6%. Most of the hydrogen peroxide people keep in their homes is diluted to 3%, but anything above 6% is much more likely to cause significant bleaching.
There are numerous commercial cleaning products available on the market that claim to remove pet stains and odors. Be wary of these products, as most are ineffective at actually removing both the stain and the odor permanently. Some simply mask the problem for a time, and many can be damaging to your flooring.
Step 3: Try it, Treat it, Repeat it!
Before you use any DIY method or commercial cleaner, please test the solution on your flooring in an inconspicuous area – perhaps in the back of a closet or the underside of a cushion. Allow the solution to sit exactly as you will on the stain itself to ensure your flooring will not be damaged in the DIY cleaning process.
Remember, always wear gloves and use chemicals with extreme caution. If using a commercial cleaning product, follow the instructions exactly as given to protect both your home and yourself.
To create a DIY carpet stain and odor removal solution:
For a fresh stain, remove any solids (hairballs, feces, etc.) and soak up as much of the liquid stain as possible with a dry, clean cloth.
Douse the residual stain in a white vinegar/water solution (typically a 1 to 4 white vinegar to water solution, though that solution may need to be diluted further, depending on the material you are trying to clean).
Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stain. Use enough baking soda (generally ¼ to ½ cup) to cover any wet area. Massage gently into the material with a clean rag.
Allow to sit for 24 hours.
Vacuum up the baking soda.
You can try repeating this process if the stain is not completely removed the first time around. If after 2 attempts the stain remains or there are any lingering odors, Stop! It’s time to go another route before you damage your flooring or upholstery.
Step 4: Contact the Professionals
Urine and other biological stains are perhaps the hardest to try to fight on your own. It not only looks and smells terrible, but if not treated correctly it actually worsens over time. Pet stains,
especially acidic stains like urine, can lead to permanent damage to the carpet fibers, carpet backing, carpet pad, floorboards and upholstered surfaces in home. Urine can permeate into wood, dry and become even more concentrated and pungent over time.
Whether the stain and odor is returning despite your best efforts, or you simply want it taken care of right the first time, give the Serv R Us deep cleaning professionals a call! Our technicians are trained in safe, effective methods of cleaning stains of any sort from any type of flooring and upholstery.
It is possible to have a pet and have a clean house too, and we are here to prove it!
Serv R Us is proud to offer our deep cleaning services to all of the Metro Atlanta area. Give us a call at (678) 253-7980 to schedule pet stain or odor removal services.