Tips for Removing Pet Stains

It’s always wonderful to have our pets inside our home because they keep us company and make us feel loved when we get home from work.  There’s nothing like a puppy kiss or playing fetch with your little friend.  However, one major downside of having pets inside is that, if they aren’t well-trained, they can leave stains throughout the house on floors and furniture.  Even though we love them like family, when they leave a mark on our beautiful new sofa, it makes us want to scream.

So, here are a few tips for removing pet stains…

  • As soon as you spot a fresh stain, clean it immediately before it dries because a fresh stain is much easier to remove.  So, keep your eye on your pet, and if it does anything unusual or quirky, trace its steps back to where it previously was and be sure it didn’t leave you a  little surprise.
  • If you find a fresh urine stain, soak it up with newspaper and paper towels.  The more you soak up, the less likely it will be to leave a stain.  To remove the odor, you may want to pour a bit of water over the affected area before you start soaking everything up, so it dilutes the urine and makes it easier to remove.
  • If you see that your pet has deposited excrement within your house, remove it as soon as possible with a paper towel. Try to pick it up versus wiping it because if you wipe it, parts will likely be left behind and get stuck in the carpet, and that will be much more difficult to clean.
  • For porous surfaces, wash the stained area with a wet cloth that has been dipped in a water and cleaning solution mixture.  Remove the stain, rinse with water, and then gently dab it with a dry cloth.
  • For old, dry stains, use carpet stain removal solutions.
  • Natural homemade solutions are some of the best ways to remove stains. Instead of using artificial detergents and removal solutions, use vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and spray on the affected area. Blot the stain with a dry cloth and remove the stain.
  • Baking soda is also another effective and natural way to remove stains as well as odors. Add some baking soda to your vinegar mixture, spray it on the stain, and blot with a dry towel.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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