Accidents Happen: Tips For Cleaning Pet Mess On The Carpet and Upholstery
By Susan D'Aniello on August 26, 2013
When you own a pet, accidents happen. You leave the house clean and tidy, but when you come home and open the door, you are struck by an odor that says something has gone terribly wrong.
Thoroughly cleaning pet stains from carpet and upholstery can be a difficult and time consuming chore, but doing it correctly is worth the extra effort. A half-baked cleanup job will not only make your home look and smell dirty but areas that have lingering dog waste or urine will attract your pet back to the same spot, where he will go again—and again—and again!
To clean urine from carpets and upholstery:
- Clean from the outside inward, using a dry towel to initially blot up as much urine as possible.
- Next, rinse the area with water to dilute the remaining urine.
- Repeat the first step to blot up as much urine and water as possible.
- Finally, apply an enzyme solution to eliminate odors and marks/stains. Make sure to use enough of the enzyme solution to penetrate the carpet fibers, pad, and all areas the urine may have penetrated.
To clean dog droppings:
- If the droppings are solid, pick them up.
- If the waste is wet, spray with a product such as Poop-Freeze, which solidifies the waste, and then pick it up.
- Next, apply an enzyme cleaner to the area to remove any remaining odors and stains.
How Pet Enzyme Cleaners Work:
As mentioned above, enzyme deodorizers are highly recommended for cleaning both urine and dog-waste stains. Pet waste and urine contain tremendous amounts of protein, which bacteria love to eat. As bacteria in the waste consume this protein, it creates a foul smell. To eliminate the smell you must eliminate the protein. This is where enzyme deodorizers come in handy, as they contain live micro-organisms that work to consume protein and put an end to the smell.