How to Clean up Common Pet Messes

How to Clean up Common Pet MessesAll pet owners encounter the occasional messes now and then. Can you relate? Some mishaps require a little more effort than others to clean up, but that’s not to say you can’t use simple cleaners, even natural ones, to get rid of the messes in a timely manner. Here are some things you can do to say farewell to the most popular muddles.

 Urine Stains

 Whether you want to clean a urine mark left by your cat or dog (or even both), it’s critical to get to it as soon as possible before it creates a strong foul odor and discolors your carpet. Start by using a bunch of paper towels to blot the area instead of scrubbing, as it can drive the stain further into the carpet.

If a stain has been on the carpet for a while, it’s most likely to be more stubborn so you might need to pretreat the area before thoroughly cleaning it. Apply some club soda and let it sit for a few minutes before blotting the area. You might need to reapply it a few times, depending on the stain’s persistence.

You can opt to use an ammonia-free deep cleaner or go for the good old fashioned, effective white vinegar to clean.  It’s recommended to use white distilled vinegar to clean the area since it’s not only eco-friendly, but its high acidity also does wonders for neutralizing the stained area, ultimately getting rid of the odor.

  • Mix an equal parts solution of water and vinegar and pour over the stain.
  • Blot the area and let it sit.
  • Once the area is dry, you can pass a vacuum over it.

Brown Spots

 A feces stain should also be pretreated.

  • Use a gentle scraper to remove the residue first.
  • Then, spray a chemical cleaner over the area.
  • Cover with a damp paper towel.
  • Let it sit for at least four hours (some stains might require a day or two).

You can use a fan to dry the area faster. If you don’t happen to have a commercial pet cleaner, mix a 1:4 ratio of dish soap and warm water to spray over the area. Use a dry paper towel to blot the area, starting from the outside of the stain and moving in. Be sure to thoroughly rinse out the area with warm water so as to avoid damaging your carpet or furniture. Then, just let it sit and dry.

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Pet Hair

 Along with having to deal with urine stains, you might be trying to put your pet’s shedding under control. Preventive measures like brushing your furry pet before going inside your home will help to remove loose hairs and actually save you time from having to clean more during the week.

Use a vacuum to clean your upholstery and carpets. For more stubborn fur, use masking tape or lint adhesive rollers (yes, the ones used for clothing) to remove shedding leftovers from furniture.

If that doesn’t work, just throw on a pair of rubber gloves and moisten them with water. Simply wipe the hair covered areas, and voila! The hair will almost instantly be removed.

In addition, you can hair-proof your home by opting for wooden or laminated floors, and leather furniture pieces that can easily be cleaned. If that’s not an option, just use machine-washable cover-ups for surfaces your pet frequently visits.

 Contact 1st Class Cleaning

 The professionals at 1st Class Cleaning have been cleaning homes of all sizes for quite some time now using the best tools and cleaning methods in the industry. Call us today to learn more about our services and how we can help take care of your pet messes.

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