We love our pets right?
Did you hesitate? How about, we love them when they don’t #1 or #2 or #3 (what’s number 3?) on our precious carpets, upholstery or area rugs!
It can be very frustrating to come home to a big mess that totally ruins your evening and/or your day.
I’m going to make this short and sweet. Below are 5 easy steps you can take to help you out in this awful and sometimes smelly situation:
#1. A SPOON
Yep, you read it right. A spoon will help you “pick-up” any droppings or excess urine from the fabric without fraying or matting your carpet, rug and/or upholstery. A spoon is not sharp so it won’t ruin the yarns but allows you to scoop on in there and dig a little deeper in your fabric to remove the ugly ingrained stuff.
#2. A WHITE ABSORBENT TOWEL
So why white? Well you don’t want a colored one or you might have a dye transfer from your rag to your fabric your trying to save and resurrect. Spoon up what you can and put that white towel over the area.
Now, you might need to “press down” with your foot to absorb or you might need #3 (not the same as the above mentioned #3. :))
#3. A WOODEN SPOON OR SPATULA
A wooden spoon combined with a white towel will allow you to tamp. You never want to rub back and forth when you are cleaning carpet, area rugs and/or upholstery. You want to use a tamping action. That is where you place the white absorbent towel down over the spot and smack that baby a few times. By pressing the towel into the affected area you are causing a transfer to take place. You can do this with the white towel damp sometimes if needed. Periodically lift the towel up and see if there is a transfer taking place. If there is keep going until no more transfers. Hopefully, with just water, you got a lot of the spot or stain out of the carpet.
*note: this is a good way to release frustration by acting like the white towel is the culprit who decided to place their goodies for you to enjoy.
#4. WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR
This is used today by some of the best cleaners in our industry. White distilled vinegar is safe to use as a cleaning agent and odor remover from carpet, area rugs and/or upholstery. I wouldn’t use it straight. Mix according to your liking. Maybe start with a 30% Vinegar to 70% Water ratio. Go up from there if you need to but give it some time to work.
If I was working on my own fabric at home I would pour or spray the vinegar on the spot and tamp. If I was trying to get the odor out I would make sure it is clean (at least topically looks clean) and then I would “pour” some vinegar on the fabric. Let it sit and judge its effectiveness when dry. Don’t over wet the area but mimic how the odor got there. If you have a small Chihuahua you will need very little. With that being said, if you have a Great Dane….you might have to put down a lot more. (I’m so sorry…) *sniff*sniff
#5. GOOD OL’ HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is awesome. You can buy the brown bottle kind at like Walgreens and be just fine. Use it straight, it is only 3% strength. If you want a little bit more “umph” you can go to Sallys Beauty Supply and buy “Hydrogen Peroxide Volum 40”. That is about 15%. I would mix that one. Don’t use it straight.
This is not meant to clean necessarily, this does kill germs and stuff, but I use this as my finishing product. After I clean everything up I might still have that yellow stain on my fabric. This is what you use to safely “bleach” (Oh my I used the bleach word!) yes I said safely bleach out stains from your fabric. Would I try this on wool or cotton? Maybe 3%. If I were you I wouldn’t try to use the 15% on the fabric. Its not as scary as you think. Especially on synthetic fabric. Protein or Cellulose (Natural Fabrics) are more sensitive but can still take very very little.
I hope that helps. Obviously if you don’t want to mess with it you can give us a call and we can take care of it for you. We have a very thorough process to take care of odors and spots from pets. You might call us Pet Cleaning experts. We are just really, really good at it because we’ve been trained and follow the procedures by the book. No Short Cuts!!!
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