Cleanup Old Pet Stains

 

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Is it too late to clean this carpet and remove the odors?

 

Recently, while doing my housework I came across a spot on the carpet near a chair leg that had gone unnoticed.

Drats, I had missed a urine puddle and it had dried. If you are like most of us with dogs, cats and even sometimes human kids, sometimes you just do not find the accident sight when it is fresh.

Yes, it is a fact that at some time everyone is going to face the unpleasant event of discovering an accident. Although the reasons may vary like during House training, or upset stomach from eating an unknown item, or a senior dog with old age incontinence.

Whatever the cause, the results can be the same.

There it is facing you, pee, poop, or vomit. Out came my notes on the most effective way to safely dispose of this accident. Everything I read, showed that the sooner you clean up an accident, the easier it is to prevent staining and odors… well too late for that. What should I try?

I needed something that was effective and eliminated all odors.

Hmm, first step according to my notes was to: “Whatever you do, do not use ammonia because it chemically mimics urine and will actually cause your dog to use that spot again and again.” Well I sure do not want that!

Then there is this warning: “As long as your pet can smell his personal scent, he’ll continue to return to the “accident zone.” Even if you can’t smell traces of urine, your pet can. Your most important chore is to remove (neutralize) the odor.” I knew that it was so true.

So what is a person to do? I knew if I failed to completely clean the area in question, my efforts would be useless and the Boston would return to that spot. The pressure was on! And then I came up on a conflict of methods.

First there is the wet method and then there is the dry method. Which one is going to work?

Good grief does everything have to be so complicated? Okay let me dig a little deeper and see if I can work out something to at least try. I know I have to do something.

Here is the way this method is supposed to work. To completely remove urine on carpet use a dry powder cleaning process – a process that “sponges” it up and ABSORBS it, thereby REMOVING urine stains and smell from carpet… PERMANENTLY! Then the source of the stains and odors are simply vacuumed out.

I found several suggestions that may just work… here is one of them:

Use as little moisture as possible, as carpet fibers quickly absorb moisture which leads to mildew growth. And use a cleaning solution strong enough to clean the carpet thoroughly.

The items needed were already in my kitchen, another reason for trying this method first.

Things needed: Baking soda, Salt, Borax, Vacuum cleaner, Broom.

So here is the dry mixture: (Cleans approximately 10 square feet of carpet)

Mix 1/4 cup baking soda,

1/4 cup salt

1/4 cup borax

A jar with a lid

  • Punch holes in the lid using a shaker lid. Adjust your measurements as needed. Sprinkle a coating of the dry, powdered mixture over your carpet.
  • Push the powder down into the carpet fibers with a deep broom, using small brushing motions as you push downward with the broom. Let the powder sit for 2 hours.
  • Vacuum the carpeting after 2 hours has passed to collect the powder.

It goes with out saying, the Bostons will not be allowed near this area until I am totally finished with this spot….

So here I go, to clean up this mess. I am hoping that this works and the odor stays away.

If not, Well I can always pull out my notes on the “Wet” method….

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