What Are Some Tips For Removing Pet Stains From Carpet?

What are some tips for removing pet stains from carpet? Learn the best way to remove pet stains from your carpet. Keeping a carpet as clean as it was the day you first bought it is probably one of the toughest...

Keeping a carpet as clean as it was the day you first bought it is probably one of the toughest things to do. No matter how hard you try, no matter how many mats you put out front the door, and no matter how many lids you screw tighter on the bottle, eventually a stain of some sort will find its way onto the carpet.


The biggest obstacle facing consumers and carpet stain prevention is children. And lets face it, no matter how many times you tell a three-year old to be careful, eventually the toddler is going to have a "boo boo".




Next on the stain prevention list is pet stains. And just as difficult as it can be to keep a cup of grape juice in the hands of a three-year old, getting a pet to stop staining the carpet can be just as difficult.

The Carpet and Rug Institute is the trade association for the carpet industry. Carol Turner has worked with the Carpet and Rug Institute for sixteen years as a technical services manager. He has been responsible for some of the testing programs for carpet, vacuum cleaners, and adhesives.

Turner has had several years of experience when it comes to dealing with pet stains and knows the exact procedures that should be taken to make sure the stain is taken care of properly.

"Blot the damp areas as soon (as the urine is detected) with plain white paper towels," he says. "Mix and apply a solution of 1/4 tsp. of a liquid dishwashing detergent (bleach and lanolin free) with one cup of lukewarm water. Be careful not to use automatic dishwashing detergent or laundry detergent."

"Next, absorb the moisture with the paper towel," he continues. "Rinse with warm water and repeat the application of detergent. Continue rinsing and blotting with the detergent solution and water as long as there is a transfer to the towel or improvement in the spot."

The most important detail when first treating a pet stain is to remember to use a paper towel. One of the biggest mistakes is using something that might allow for color transfer to the carpet. After you have gotten the paper towels on the spot, Turner has the next tip for removing pet stains.

"Then, mix and apply a solution of one cup white vinegar to two cups water, and blot dry," he says. "Apply a half-inch layer of paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy, object. Make sure that the object you weigh the towels down with is colorless so that it doesn't fade onto the carpet. Continue changing the paper towels until the area is completely dry."

The most important thing to remember about pet stains is to treat them like any other stain when it comes to time restraints. Although the situation my be a little different or hard to take if the consumer is treating a urine spot as opposed to a food stain, the sooner the area is treated, the better chance it has of not staining.

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