Pets are like members of the family, but ones that occasionally have accidents indoors. The first step in fighting pet stains is to train your pet not to make them, but things happen and life goes on. When an accident does happen, it’s a good idea to quickly Google a remedy before taking any action (but hurry because stains get worse over time). Certain stains might require a special solution, but here are some general guidelines on removing pet stains by material.
Synthetic Fabrics (Acrylic, Olefin, Polyester, Nylon, Modacrylic)
Quickly and gently scrape to remove any solid material. Use a dull tool to lift the mess rather than slide it. You don’t want to make your job any more difficult than it already is. Be careful that you don’t force what’s behind your tool into the carpet when you scoop up.
With a sponge, lightly stroke from the center (or worst part) of the stain. Use a mixture of water and our Doghouse Rock detergent. Then, brush with light strokes out from the center with the rough side of the sponge or a brush. At this point, the mess should be as bad as it will get, so don’t be afraid to get in there with the brush. Blot occasionally with a paper towel.
Brushing tip: When using a brush, the cleaning action takes place at the tip. There’s no need to push down so the bristles bend. If they’re making contact with the material, you’ve pushed far enough.
Porous Surfaces (Asphalt, Cork, Vinyl Tile, Linoleum)
Quickly scrape away solid or liquid material as soon as possible. The longer it sits there, the worse it will be. When it comes to porous surfaces, you’ll probably never get everything up, so get to it quickly. Dip a cloth in warm soapy water and get the area good and sudsy. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and then wipe with a dry, soft cloth.
As always, gently scrape away the solids first. Simply wipe the area with a sudsy cloth, rinse with cool water and wipe dry. You can wax or polish this surface as you normally would, but give it a day to completely dry out first.
Stone Surfaces (Brick, Concrete, Bluestone, Flagstone, Masonry Tile, Limestone, Granite, Sandstone, Terrazzo, Slate)
Like wood, there isn’t much you can do for stone, but for the same reason it’s hard to stain. Scrape away your solid materials, then wash with a cloth in detergent and water. Rinse well and let it air dry.
Carpet is the hardest material to clean, so it’s important to act quickly. Be very careful not to push more of the stain into the carpet. Again, us our Doghouse Rock detergent and sponge the area gently. Use lukewarm water, not hot. Then, blot at it with an absorbent pad or paper towel to pull up as much as you can before you have to get rough.
If your carpet is of the industrial or inside/outside variety, you can work the stain with the rough side of your sponge or brush, but don’t go crazy. If you start tearing up threads, you’ll get the stain, but that defeats the purpose!
Alternate brushing with blotting to pick up the lifted material. When you think you’ve brushed enough, blot one more time, then place a paper towel on the stain beneath a weight (a book or laundry basket – anything is fine). Leave it for a few hours.
Have you ever looked at stain’s spot and swear you see a tinge or tint, even though the stain appears gone? When you pick up the weight later, you’ll be surprised what you picked up that you thought was gone.
Defeat Lasting Odors
Use our Melody Odor Neutralizer and Fragrance Spray to combat any odors that are left in the area. You spray it in the air, on fabrics, and even cat litter! It’s perfect for families with lots of pets that just can’t get rid of that pet smell.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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