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Removing Pet Stains and Odors From Carpet

December 12, 2009

It seems almost everyone in America has a pet. Unfortunately owning a dog or cat often means there are unpleasant surprises left by our animals on our carpet.  These can be addressed with a good pet spot remover. Make sure the product you buy also contains an enzyme.

The problem with pet stains is they often soak through to the padding under your carpet. You can remove the stain from the carpet fiber but you’ll never get the urine out of the pad. The enzyme in the pet stain remover will stay in the carpet and attack the bacteria left in the pad. If you encounter a stain in your carpet, blot as much of the stain up as you can with an absorbent cloth. I keep blotting, putting pressure on it until I can remove no more of the urine. Before you use the pet stain remover check it on an inconspicuous area of carpet for color fastness. If color from your carpet bleeds into the rag don’t use the product. Always read the directions on the bottle and use according to directions.

When you apply the spotter to the stain you want to have plenty of absorbent rags at the ready to help remove the stain from the carpet. You want to pull the stain from the carpet into your rag as the stain releases from the carpet fiber. You can agitate the chemical into the stain using the back of a spoon. Make sure you work the stain from the edges into the center so you don’t make it larger. It’s very important to put pressure on the stain with your absorbent rag to draw it up into the rag. You need to draw all of the stain out of your carpet. If you don’t get it all, the next morning after it dries your stain can magically reappear. This is called wicking. Your carpet fiber is working like a candle wick pulling the spot up from the bottom as it dries. If this should happen repeat the procedure until you’ve removed the stain.

Animals have a keen sense of smell and will go back to an area of carpet they’ve used before. The pet spotter we sell has a pleasant cover up fragrance in addition to an enzyme to prevent this. Unfortunately I can’t prevent your pet from finding a new spot.

Just visit our St. Louis Cleaning Supply Store for more information or to purchase the products mentioned here.

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