Love and messes. These are two things that pets bring into our home. The messes come from outdoors and the occasional potty accident. Sadly, pet urine is one of the toughest things to remove your own. As skilled San Francisco pet urine removal technicians, North American Chem-Dry knows how frustrating and difficult it can be to get pet accidents out of your sight and smell. So we decided to put together three simple tips you can follow to help.
1) DIY Cleaning Solutions
This is a great way to save some money, and experiment a little. Plus, most DIY solutions are very trustworthy as they won’t use any strong industrial chemicals. Who doesn’t want to find a more natural way to clean? There are a few things you need to remember if you do use a DIY solution. Don’t use the whole thing, blot don’t scrub, and watch out for any signs of discoloration in your carpets. Now with that out of the way, let’s look at some of our favorite solutions you can make at home.
Vinegar & Baking Soda
Lightly wet the stain with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. You’ll hear ta fizzy and bubbly sound as the vinegar and baking soda start to react. That’s how you know it’s working! Once you hear that sound, cover the stain with a towel or plastic wrap. Let the spot completely dry (this typically takes up to 2 days). Clean up any leftover baking soda, rinse the stained area with water, and pat it dry.
Ammonia is found in most households and homemade cleaning agents. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia into 1 cup water, then use that mixture to rinse the stained area. Repeat as needed, and dry off with a clean towel.
Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Blot this onto the stain and repeat the process as needed. This may take some time. Use a towel to dry it up. Also remember to use dishwasher detergent, not dish soap.
Mix 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Place the concoction into a spray bottle with a few drops of your favorite dish soap. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed. Lightly rinse the area with water and grab a towel to start drying.
2) Find Stain Removers In A Store
There are many safe, non-toxic, and effective solutions and stain removers you can find at a store. Do some research and find one you know you can trust. We recommend OxiClean, Resolve, Spot Shot, or one of our own stain and odor removing products. Before spraying the cleaner, dry up as much moisture as you can with a towel. Spray the cleaner and wipe the excess away with a towel. Rinse the area to remove any leftover residue, then towel dry and vacuum. It’s important to use a small amount of cleaner then repeat the process as needed. Over-saturating the area can deposit dirt-attracting residue to your carpet fibers.
3) Call In The Professionals
Pet stains are probably the trickiest stain to remove. The urine will sink deeper than you think into your carpet or upholstery. Once it starts to dry, it will leave behind stink odor crystals that can linger long after the visible stain is gone. That’s why you’ll more than likely need a good professional to come in and get the job done.
North American Chem-Dry has been helping San Francisco remove pet stains and odors since 1987! If we can’t get it out then no one can! Schedule our Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.) today.