Oh Crap! Time for a Pet Stain Cleaner!

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Cleaning up pee, poop or vomit is never fun. Here’s how to get a handle on this the proper way. No 100% guarantee but we share our tips.

Pet stains on carpet and other types of flooring can be nasty to get rid of. It gets even nastier if you don’t clean them up…since your dog will most likely pee there again. For infrequent pet stains or pet accidents pet stain removers can work extremely well.  These products can easily neutralize and eliminate pet stains on the carpet’s surface or sealed wooden or cement floors.

How do you get rid of dog urine stains?

Many web sites on the internet give a 100% money back guarantee on pet stain removers. I am a bit weary because they clearly haven’t seen the stains I am up against. Newsflash: most of them don’t really work 100%. Pet stains are not a one-size-fits-all situation. We don’t have an “all-wheel drive” pet stain remover. It depends on the surface and how bad (and old) the damage really is.

How do you get old pet urine stains out of a carpet?

That’s a really really tricky question. I wish I had the answer. I have slaved over this for a while and the stains are still not coming out of my beautiful carpet. I’m a bit heartbroken so if you have any tips or tricks or magic products that you can recommend, I’ll take it!

How do Pet Stain Removers Work?

There are two different types of pet stain removers, volatile chemicals and enzyme pet stain removers. Chemical products work by changing the chemical makeup of urine. Enzymes work by eating the urine on the floor and then turn anaerobic and die.

Chemical Pet Stain Removers

You’re using a chemical on your flooring or carpet and chances are you’re not going to get all the chemical out. These chemicals can remain in the dye pores and fibers of your carpets for many years or until the carpet is replaced.

Enzyme Pet Stain Removers

Enzymes eat the urine are more natural and do a better job in general. Enzymes won’t harm your carpets, are more environmental and people friendly. If the enzyme or chemical does not come in contact with the dog’s actual pee, it will not work.

When is it Bad…Like Really Really Bad?

remove really bad stains made by your dog

If your pet stain problem is to the point that the wood or cement underneath the carpet has been saturated for an extended period of time, the damage has been done. The truth is that once dog urine has seeped into a porous substance like wood or cement nothing can remove or neutralize it. When it gets damp or humid that smell will always come back and in some cases get worse over time.

Pet stain removal depends on a few common sense factors:

  1. Understand that older stains demand more effort than fresh staints.
  2. Fresh stains are easier to lift.
  3. Stop torturing yourself. Maybe you won’t have success in totally removing the stain.

Cleaning up Dog Vomit

Dog vomit is acid. That stuff can stain your carpet. Old stains and stains that have been set by heat are in the “difficult-if-not-impossible” category. That’s why it is so important to react quickly and clean up the stains as soon as you spot them.

  1. Remove as much of the vomit as possible from the area without spreading the mess.  
  2. Always sponge such stains promptly with cool water.
  3. Blot the stain in a solution made by adding half a cup of salt to two quarts of water. Rinse with plain water. If the stain doesn’t seem to be lifting, soak with cool water for at least 30 minutes. 
  4. Work undiluted liquid detergent into the stain and rinse.
  5. Keep blotting with clean rag or sponge. Make sure to rinse it frequently.

 NOTE: Some products like hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, bleach or alcohol can actually bleach or change the color in some fabrics. When using any chemical or liquid, you should PROCEED WITH CAUTION. If you are unsure as to how to go about cleaning the stain without damaging your carpet, call a professional cleaning technician in your area.

 Bonus Tips On How To Clean Vomit

  1. Always test the cleaning product on a tiny, less visible spot on your carpet first. Otherwise, you may have to throw out the entire carpet if it reacts badly with your fibers.
  2. Use a white cleaning cloth to avoid dyes coming off on the carpet and staining it further.
  3. As you blot, keep turning the cloth to always use a clean, dry section. 
  4. Do not rub. If you are using a brush to help clean the stain, always brush from the outer edges of the spill inward to prevent it from spreading.

Here’s a cheap DIY Pet-friendly Cleaning Solution

DIY Pet-friendly Cleaning Solution

In a spray bottle, mix: 

  • 1/3 alcohol
  • 1/3 white vinegar
  • 1/3 cool water

Use this mix to help you clean things up. Spray it on, wait a few minutes and use a damp cloth to wipe the disaster zone. You may have to repeat a few times, but it usually works.

What is the best pet stain carpet cleaner?

Particular Paws OXY Pet Stain Remover is it for us for now. Do you have favorite brands to recommend? Is there a specific DIY recipe that works for you?


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