Welcome to Removing Pet Stains From Your Carpets & Furniture. Undoubtedly, we love our four-legged family members! However, you probably agree that the most dreaded part of being a pet owner is dealing with sudden accidents resulting in nasty pet stains. In the blink of an eye, your potty-training puppy or aging k-9 can ruin the furniture and carpets throughout the home.
Some accidents are easy to clean up on the spot, while others can easily go unnoticed or immediately cause a stubborn stain. There are some at-home methods for removing pet stains from your carpets and furniture. However, your efforts may not eliminate the stain or odor depending on many variables.
That’s what Professional Carpet Systems is here for! We pride ourselves on our effective methods of pet stain and odor removal. In this blog, we will share why pet stains can be incredibly challenging and what you can do to try to solve the issue on your own. Then, we discuss our unique methods of professional pet stain and odor removal.
Continue reading to familiarize yourself with the best ways of removing pet stains from your carpets and furniture.
About Stubborn Pet Stains
Stains are a normal part of life, whether you have pets or not. Many things cause stains on carpets and furniture, like dark beverages, oil, and even body sweat. Like any other stain, pet stains require unique treatment, depending on the substance. In other words, eliminating a urine stain is very different from getting rid of a grease or car oil stain.
Pet stains are often unsightly and retain an unpleasant odor. Our precious pets can make all kinds of messes from accidents, illness, and more. Pet stains can come from urine, feces, vomit, blood, or even saliva. There are a few concerns you may have when dealing with pet stains:
- Nasty Odor- It’s no surprise that pet stains can often come with an odor. For example, when urine dries into the fabric of your furniture or carpet fibers, what’s left behind are the alkaline salt crystals that react with the air and cause bacterial growth. This cultivation can produce an odor even more potent than urine alone, and it can be very challenging to remove.
- Personal Health- Stains caused by pet waste are often ridden with bacteria and other biological contaminants. They can cause your family or pet to become ill if not properly cleaned.
- Unsightly Stains- Of course, the most obvious concern with pet stains is their physical appearance. Accidents are a normal part of life, but people still feel shame and judgment from exposed stains. Pet stains, in particular, can cause the owner to think others assume they do not care for their animal in the right way simply because they have the occasional accident.
Pet stains are even more challenging to tackle because of other factors apart from the substance itself. The material of your furniture or carpet plays a big part in how the stain sets and how easily it can be eliminated. Furthermore, the stain’s severity and nature will depend on your pet’s age, breed, and diet.
It’s safe to say that pet stains are some of the most challenging stains to deal with because of the many variables involved. That’s why hiring professionals with the experience, tools, and knowledge is recommended to tackle the stain in the most effective way possible.
DIY Pet Stain Removal
While some excellent DIY pet stain removal methods exist, you want to be cautious. Different fabrics and carpet materials will react differently to harsh chemicals and even home remedies. Before trying the following tips and tricks, research the material and substance you are working with.
Tackle the Mess as Soon as Possible
The best way to handle pet stains is to clean up the mess as soon as it happens. Soak up urine by dabbing the area with subtle pressure. Depending on the material affected, you may be able to use a wet vacuum to soak it up. When it comes to vomit or feces, remove the solids first, then clean the spot. It also helps to use a circular motion when rubbing away the mess. Work from the outside to the center to avoid spreading the pet stain.
The Best Home Remedies
Below are two tried-and-true methods of pet stain removal. Remember that the effectiveness will depend on your pet’s age, breed, diet, the carpet or fabric material, and how long it has sat.
Vinegar, Water, and Baking Soda: Some call this concoction “Volcano Spray” because the ingredients are much like the ones you used in science class to make volcanoes. With two cups of white vinegar, two cups of room-temperature water, and four tablespoons of baking soda, you can remove many common pet stains. This method works best when used soon after a mess or accident occurs.
Start by blotting the area with a cloth to absorb the liquids and remove any solid residue. Then, pour the vinegar and water into a spray bottle and generously spritz the affected area. Next, sprinkle the baking soda on the stain and let it be for at least one hour. Finally, vacuum the baking soda and allow the area to dry thoroughly.
Dawn Dish Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide: Dawn dish soap is used for many different things. From washing dirty dishes to clearing up marine life affected by oil spills, and in this case, removing stubborn pet stains.
First, absorb the excess liquid and remove any solid matter from the area. Next, add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and half a cup of blue dawn dish soap to a spray bottle. Spray the affected spot and allow the mixture to sit for about one minute. Then, use a soft brush to scrub deep into the carpet or fabric. Respray the site with pure water and blot the stain with a clean rag. Continue adding water, small bits at a time, and absorbing it until the dish soap and peroxide mixture is cleared.
Removing Pet Stains Process for Carpets
Sometimes, removing the pet stain on your own is not worth the risk of damaging the material of your carpet or furniture. Additionally, at-home methods don’t always do the trick. For stubborn stains and sensitive materials, it’s best to call in the professionals.
Professional Carpet Systems would be more than happy to remove the unsightly stains left behind by your furry family members. There isn’t a case we haven’t been able to solve! Below we describe our pet stain removal for carpets so that you can see the difference between professional treatment and DIY methods. Keep in mind our carpet stain removal process is similar- but not identical– to our upholstery stain elimination.
Step 1 | Identify the Soiled Areas
Our team starts by locating all the affected areas of the carpet using our Electronic Urine Detector. Then, we lift the carpet to remove the pad and tackless strip underneath the soiled spots.
Step 2 | Clean the Sub-flooring
For the most effective process of removing pet stains, we will clean and sanitize the flooring underneath the carpet, then reseal it.
Step 3 | Clean the Carpet
Next, we’ll dive into carpet cleaning and pet stain removal. Starting with the back of the carpet, we use our exclusive PowerRinse extraction process. To the top of the carpet, we add our Eco-release urine digester.
Step 4 | Replace Discarded Carpet Pad
Then, our specialists replace any discarded carpet pad or tackless strip with fresh ones.
Step 5 | Replace Carpet
Finally, we replace the now-clean carpet and groom it, so your carpet looks good as new!
Step 6 | Removing Pet Stains- the Clean Up
Last but not least, we finish the job by wiping down the baseboards and cleaning up the work area. Our specialists take one final walk-through to ensure our service is of the highest quality.
Removing Pet Stains for Good!
Professional Carpet Systems guarantees the total removal of unsightly and odorous pet stains on the carpet and furniture. In seemingly no time, the affected area will look better than ever! If you’d rather skip the DIY methods or have found that your efforts haven’t done the trick, our skilled and knowledgeable team is more than happy to remove pet stains professionally.
Even better, we offer a Year Odor-Free Warranty! Feel free to reach out to Professional Carpet Systems with complaints or concerns anytime for an entire year after the initial treatment, and we will re-service the area free of charge.