Cleaning Tough Pet Stains

 

This resource was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cary Teller


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How to Remove Blood, Urine and Other Common Pet Stains

Pets bring plenty of joy into your life. Unfortunately, they also bring plenty of messes into your home. If you own a dog or cat, you probably know what it is like to find urine on your carpet or vomit on your new rug.

Thankfully, there are ways to eliminate even the toughest pet stains from your household items. Read on to find out how to remove blood from your sheets and clean up other common dog and cat messes.

Clothes, Blankets and Sheets

Blankets, sheets and clothes are typically machine-washable and can be thrown right in with your regular load of laundry. For tougher stains, try adding a one-pound box of baking soda to your detergent. If that doesn’t completely eliminate the odor or stain, try washing these items a second time with an enzymatic cleaner.

Carpets

Eliminating pet stains from carpet, however, is a bit more difficult. If possible, try to remove the mess before it has had a chance to set. Liquids such as urine or blood can be wiped up with a paper towel. You may have to pick up solid feces or chunks of vomit by hand while wearing gloves.

Your next instinct may be to apply plenty of cleaning solution and scrub with all your might. However, rubbing a stain actually causes it to spread. Instead, use rags or paper towels to blot away at the stain. Start at the edge of the stain and work your way inward.

You also want to avoid excessive use of cleaning products that can leave behind residue. Instead, try creating your own solution with two cups of water, two cups of vinegar and four tablespoons of baking soda. Make sure that you use warm or cool water, not hot. Hot water can set urine stains into the fibers of your carpet.

If this cleaning solution doesn’t work, there are others you can use. For heavy stains, try putting a bit of baking soda directly on the soiled area. Then pour a mixture that contains 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water. Leave the liquid on the stain for five minutes before blotting it up.

To remove blood from carpet or upholstery, combine two cups of cold water with a tablespoon of scent-free liquid dish soap. You can also try mixing a tablespoon of ammonia with a half-cup of warm water. A solution of one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, a half-cup of vinegar, two cups of water and one tablespoon of salt works well when cleaning vomit.

Once the stain is gone, don’t forget to rinse off the area with cool water. To prevent watermarks, blot the carpet completely dry.

Of course, you can’t always address pet stains right when they happen. If the stain has already set, try renting a carpet cleaner or using a stain remover.

Mattresses

The blotting technique works for wet mattress stains as well. For cleaning solution, use a mixture that contains 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar. You can try putting baking soda on top of mattress stains before applying the liquid cleaner, as well.

Dry or set-in mattress stains should be cleaned with a mixture that contains two drops of liquid detergent, eight fluid ounces of three percent hydrogen peroxide and three tablespoons of baking soda. For tougher stains, try combining a tablespoon of water with three tablespoons of dry laundry detergent. Let this foam sit on the mattress for a half-hour before scraping it away.

Wood and Paint

Urine stains, in particular, can also cause discoloration to the wood on your furniture or floor. This is likely due to a reaction with the acid in the urine. You can simply replace the varnish or paint if necessary.

Keeping your house clean is tough even before you bring home a new dog or cat. Pet urine, blood, feces or vomit can create tough-to-get-out stains. However, by following the above steps, you can get your soiled household items looking like new again.

“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”