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How to Remove Pet Stains and Odours from Carpets


When living with furry friends, accidents can happen, and pet stains on carpets from urine, fecal matter, or vomit can be a common occurrence. Fortunately, quick action and thorough cleaning techniques can help restore your carpet to its pristine, odourless condition. Here are some ideas that could be useful.

Regular Vacuuming

Maintaining a clean and odour-free living environment for both humans and domesticated animals demands regular vacuuming. One of the primary benefits of frequent vacuuming is that it helps remove pet hair and debris from carpets, reducing the risk of allergens and bacteria buildup.

Step 1. Use a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush to effectively vacuum pet hair. It is recommended as the brush can loosen hair and debris from the carpet fibres.

Step 2. Be sure to vacuum the entire floor as well. Use a crevice attachment for hard-to-reach areas, such as corners and edges.

For high-traffic areas and households with multiple pets, it is recommended to vacuum at least once a day. For less frequented areas and households with fewer pets, once or twice a week may be sufficient.

Spot Clean with Baking Soda

Household items, such as baking soda, can be used as a natural and effective solution for removing pet stains from carpets. The baking soda’s powerful deodorising properties make it an ideal ingredient for eliminating unpleasant odours caused by pet accidents.

Step 1. Remove any solid debris like feces and vomit.

Step 2. Blot up the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Step 3. Dispense a substantial quantity of baking soda onto the affected area and allow it to rest undisturbed for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4. Use a vacuum to remove the baking soda.

Repeat the process if the carpet still has a lingering odour.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Combo

When baking soda cannot do the job on its own, try it in combination with vinegar. These two, when combined, make an effective cleaner and stain remover you can easily make at home.

Step 1. Follow the procedure for using baking soda.

Step 2. Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water and spray it over the baking soda.

Step 3. Let the solution sit for 15-20 minutes, then blot up the excess liquid with a clean cloth.

Step 4. Finally, vacuum the area thoroughly to remove any remaining baking soda residue.

Remember, it’s essential to test this method on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first to ensure that the solution does not cause any discolouration or damage.


Dish Soap Hacks

Dish soap can also be a useful household item for removing pet stains and odours from carpets. Here’s how to use it effectively:

Step 1. While the stain is damp, use a clean cloth to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area, as this can spread the stain and damage the carpet fibres.

Step 2. In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of warm water.

Step 3. Using a clean cloth or sponge, apply the dish soap solution to the stained area.

Step 4. After applying the solution, blot the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any excess soap and stain residue. Frequently rinse the cloth to prevent stain spreading. After removal, rinse the area with water and blot dry with a towel.

Step 5. Allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it or before placing the furniture back in the area.

Once again, it’s important to test this method on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet.

Enzymatic Cleaners

Enzymatic cleaners are specially formulated to break down and remove pet stains and odours from carpets. Here’s how to use them effectively:

Step 1. If the stain is still wet, use a clean cloth to blot up as much of the liquid as possible.

Step 2. Follow the instructions on the enzymatic cleaner label and apply the product to the stained area.

Step 3. Allow the cleaner to work and leave it for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4. Blot the excess cleaner with a damp cloth, rinse, and let the carpet dry.

DIY methods may not fully restore a carpet’s original condition after pet stains and odours. In such cases, professional carpet cleaners with specialised equipment and expertise would be more effective.

For any carpet cleaning questions and concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 867 872 to learn more.

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