Our team at Salisbury Rug & Carpet Cleaning has been cleaning carpets for many years, and we understand the challenges involved in keeping your carpets in great condition. Maintaining rugs and carpets can be especially difficult for pet owners, as pet stains are some of the most difficult to remove. In this article, our team will provide three tips for more effective pet stain cleaning to help you keep your carpets looking like new.
- Prepare the Soiled Area – The first step in pet stain cleaning is to prepare the soiled area(s). First, use a plastic bag to remove any vomit or feces, then blot the area with a white terrycloth towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Apply an Enzyme-Based Stain Remover – Next, you’ll need to apply an enzyme-based stain remover to the area to prevent the stain from setting. There are many stain removers available, including some specifically designed for pet stain cleaning, but you can also make your own using an equal mix of white vinegar and lukewarm water. Depending on the severity of the soiled area, apply your stain remover of choice, covering the whole stain.
- Agitate – The third step in the pet stain cleaning process is to agitate the soiled area using a soft-bristled brush—an old toothbrush works well for tackling small stains, but you will need a larger one for more extensive stains. The goal is to work the stain remover deep into the fibers, so it neutralizes every part of the stain.
- Rinse – Next, using a moderately wet white cloth, you will need to rinse the soiled area by folding the towel and pressing the area with your hand or foot. This will help to lift the stain onto the towel, allowing you to know how much is being removed. Fold the towel and use a clean side. Please remember, we want to “lift” the stain by compression. Do not agitate the soiled area when rinsing.
- Dry – Finally, take a folded dry terrycloth towel and use the “compression” technique explained above to dry the area as best as possible. Continue this process until the carpet or rug is almost dry or until the towel has no more moisture. Use a box fan or air mover to dry the area the rest of the way.