5 Tips to Remove Pet Odors and Stains

5 Tips to Remove Pet Odors and Stains5 Tips to Remove Pet Odors and Stains

Oh, those cute, loveable, adorable pets of yours.  Their wagging tails, their excited panting, their happy purrs, the wonderful mess they left on your carpet.

Wait, what? 

Yes, amongst all the joys of pet ownership, there is that nasty little matter of having to clean up after them when they excrete some form of their bodily fluids over places where they absolutely should not. Luckily, we at 1st Class Cleaning are on the case and have some handy tips on how to quickly dispense with your furry friends’ furry messes.

Wash with Extra Gusto

Sometimes you’ll just luck out and your pet will relieve himself on something that needed to go into the laundry anyway.  Regardless, because urine is a thick liquid with a very strong scent, it’s best to prep your washing machine beforehand.  Throw in a pound of baking soda in addition to the usual amount of detergent just to make sure your blanket and clothes don’t smell like your pet’s toilet.  If you’re able, drying the items out in the air will get them smelling fresh again a lot faster than throwing them in a dryer.

But What If They Went on the Carpet?

Since you can’t just rip up your carpet and throw it into the washing machine, there’s a heftier process involved.  First, take some paper towels and soak up as much of the offending liquid as you possibly can.  From there, rinse it thoroughly.

If the stain has already set in, some carpet stain remover will likely do the trick.  An enzymatic cleaner may also be necessary, depending on what kind of offending fluid you’re dealing with.  Follow that up by renting an extractor or wet vacuum to finish the job.  Just avoid steam cleaners as they tend to accentuate and preserve the stain itself.

The Mattress is the Worst

There’s no experience quite so grueling as a soiled mattress, since for your purposes, it needs to be cleaned yesterday.  Thankfully, there’s a step-by-step process that you can follow to ensure that you’re resting easy that same night.

First, like with carpets, blot up as much of the offending stain as possible with paper towels.  From there, mix a cup that’s half-water, half-vinegar and pour it over the area you just blotted.  Sprinkle some baking soda it and then pour a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and dish washing detergent over that, working it in with your hands or a brush.  Then, wait an hour for it to dry, preferably in the sun if you can haul the mattress outside or near a window.  Finally, when you clean off the hardened up baking soda with a shop vacuum or brush, you should be good to go.

Cleaning not-so-soft Surfaces

And all those basic rules of thumb go flying out the window if a hardwood floor or wall gets hit with your pet’s special formula.  You may be in luck as some paint enamels are washable and some wallpapers play well with enzymatic cleaners.  Just be sure to test it in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure you don’t inadvertently make anything worse and ruin your floor or wall.

Retrain Your Pet

However, the best way to get rid of pet odors and stains is to see to it that they don’t occur in the first place.  When you do have to blot up their messes, leave them in spots where you want your pet to relieve herself, be it the litter box, paper or wherever else.  Also, make the areas they keep going in undesirable for them to be in.  You can put plastic sheets over mattresses and pet odor repellants full of scents they don’t like onto carpets.  Meanwhile, make every effort to encourage them to go where it’s allowed.

Call on Us

Of course, there are a whole plethora of messes your fuzzy friends can create that may be too much for even your resources.  And for them, we are here.  Contact us using the form on our Contact Us page or call us at 1-800-309-7881 to set up an appointment and we’ll get your house looking and smelling fresh again in no time.

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