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Carpet Cleaning Guide: Cleaning and Removing Pet Stains from Your Carpet
by Dan Broom on Jun 22, 2019
Having pets in your home can be rewarding. That being said, there are things you will have to deal with regularly when it comes to housing pets. For one, they might leave an unwanted mess on your carpets.
Whether they are trained or not, accidents happen all of the time. Because of this, you will want to be prepared in knowing how to successfully clean up pet stains from your carpets. While it is typically the best idea to call on a professional to handle the cleaning of your carpets, there are certain DIY tips that you can utilise in order to get rid of common pet stains that you might experience. Below, we will be going over some of the key tips to utilise when you are looking to do so.
Tips to Remove Pet Stains from Your Carpet:
1. Be Quick.
Time is of the essence when it comes to removing and/or preventing pet stains. You will want to be sure that you act as quickly as possible when you notice that your pet has either urinated or done something else on your carpet.
For urine, you should be looking to blot it as best possible to remove any excess to keep it from soaking in. You will want to apply pressure to the spot that needs cleaning because you want to soak up as much as possible. For any solid messes your pet made, you should be looking to scrape it up without placing pressure on it. After all, you don't want to push it anymore into the fabric than it already has been pushed.
2. Don't Scrub.
One of the first things a lot of people do when they are looking to clean up any mess on a rug or carpet is to scrub away. While you might think that scrubbing is the way to go when it comes to cleaning a stain, it is certainly not. In fact, by scrubbing, you will be not only spreading the stain around, but you will also be forcing the stain deep into the fibres of the carpet which can make the stain even harder to get rid of.
Instead, you want to blot any liquids that exist on the carpet. By blotting, you will be using a paper towel or whatever you are using to absorb the moisture. This can help you avoid spreading the stain around and really help minimize the chances of the stain soaking deep into the fibres of the carpet.
3. Rinse It.
is another crucial step that you want to implement when you are looking to get rid of a pet stain. Once you have got rid of a lot of the mess and once it has dried, you should look to thoroughly rinse the area where the carpet was stained. This will help to get rid of any excess moisture that exists and it can help to prime the stain for better cleaning. Don’t use to much water when you rinse. And then repeat the blotting process above to remove the water you just added to the carpet.
4. Use Natural Ingredients.
Luckily, there are plenty of different ingredients and products that you can use throughout your home to clean your carpets without damaging them. Ranging from white vinegar and baking soda to hydrogen peroxide. By using natural products, you should be prevented ruining your carpets.
Harsh chemicals can really damage your carpets and cause the fabric of your carpet to fade or look bad in general. Unless you are experienced with using various cleaning chemicals on carpets, it is best to stick to much more gentle, yet effective natural cleaning products.
5. Call on a Professional.
Ideally, you want to call on a professional when you are looking to get rid of unwanted pet stains on your carpets.
While you could do a lot of the steps yourself to keep the stain from getting worse, you are not going to be well positioned enough to effectively remove the stain and to keep from ruining your carpet. A professional carpet cleaning company is going to have the proper access to the right equipment and cleaning supplies that need to be used to effectively clean the stain without damaging your carpet.
Along with this, they will be able to effectively clean your carpet to better the air quality throughout your home and get rid of all of the bacteria and dust mites that might be trapped in the carpet fibres. Therefore, beyond cleaning the stains themselves, it is a good idea to hire a professional.
When you are shopping around to hire a professional for carpet cleaning, you will want to be sure to hire the one that is both experienced and one that has a stellar reputation throughout the marketplace. By doing this, you should be able to find one that is going to be able to come in and really help you get rid of pet stains on your carpet.
Overall, there are plenty of different things that you can do to avoid pet stains from ruining your carpet. By being proactive about minimising the stain during the initial stages, you can really keep the stain from worsening and becoming harder to get rid of.
Despite all you can do from the standpoint of attacking the stain yourself, it is typically the best idea to hire a professional company that is going to be able to come in with the right equipment and cleaning solutions in order to clean it thoroughly and effectively without damaging your carpets.
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