Pets are part of our family and even when they make messes, we love them and the happiness they bring into our lives. While accidents come with the territory of owning a pet, pet odor removal never seems to get any easier.
But don’t worry– this isn’t a task you have to take on alone! We’ve compiled our top three cleaning solutions for removing pet odors and stains from carpet and area rugs.
DIY Cleaning Solutions
Mixing a cleaning solution at home is a popular trend—in large part due to the money it can save you. Plus, there are homemade cleaners that effectively lift surface stains in a more natural way than store bought cleaners.
Start by gently blotting the area with a towel prior to applying the solution. But be warned: homemade cleaners can potentially discolor your carpet. Make sure you spot check a small area before cleaning an entire stain.
When you apply the cleaner, gently blot the stained area rather than scrubbing too hard because this can push the stain further into the carpet.
It’s also a wise to only use a small amount of solution at a time and repeat the process rather than dumping a lot of cleaner all at once. This can leave behind a residue that actually attracts more dirt and stains in the future.
DIY #1 – Vinegar And Baking Soda
Lightly wet the stain with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. You’ll hear the vinegar and baking soda react together and create a fizzy bubbly sound. This is evidence that it’s working!
Cover the stain with a towel or plastic wrap. Wait for the spot to dry completely (this typically takes up to 2 days). Scoop up the leftover baking soda, rinse the stained area with water, then pat it dry and vacuum up any excess moisture.
DIY #2 – Ammonia
Ammonia is a common ingredient in homemade cleaners. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia into 1 cup of water, then rinse the stained area. Repeat as needed, then towel dry and vacuum away the excess water.
DIY #3 – Dishwashing Detergent
Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Apply to the stain, repeat as needed, then towel dry and vacuum the area.
It’s key to use dishwasher detergent—not dish soap.
DIY #4 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine in a spray bottle with a few drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed. Lightly rinse the area with water, towel dry, and vacuum any leftover moisture.
Store Bought Stain Removers
There are many effective stain removers you can purchase at the store. The good news is, many come in non-toxic formulas that are safe for pets.
Before spraying the cleaner, dry up as much moisture as you can with a towel. Spray the cleaner—we recommend OxiClean, Resolve, or Spot Shot—then wipe the excess away with a towel. Rinse the area to remove any leftover residue, then towel dry and vacuum.
Always remember 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.
Professional Pet Odor Removal in Oklahoma City
Staying on top of pet odors is a hassle, and it requires a lot of work to be done right. There’s also a big problem with all of the remedies discussed above: spot treating only removes surface stains, not deep stains and odors.
Pet urine can soak beneath the surface to the carpet backing, and sometimes even the carpet pad and hard flooring. As the moisture dries, super-concentrated odor crystals are left behind. These smelly crystals will continue releasing odor into your home unless cleaned by a professional.
To effectively remove bacteria, stains, and odors caused by pet urine, it’s vital to schedule a professional pet urine removal treatment every 3-4 months.
Do you want a cleaner, healthier home that’s free of bacteria and odors caused by pets? Chem-Dry of OKC/Edmond can help!