What to Do About Pet Stains and Odors

Pet Stains and Odors Photo by Robert Larsson on Unsplash

Photo by Robert Larsson on Unsplash

Pets are a great addition to your home; you probably even think of them as a part of your family. Pets provide comfort, protection, and great companionship. Unfortunately, they also shed, track in dirt and mud, leave urine stains on your floor, and get sick. All four of these elements leave your floors stained and with an unpleasant odor. Imagine leaving for a vacation and coming home to a pet that caught a stomach bug. If the mess sat for a long time, you could be looking at significant damage to your flooring. It also means the odors are equally hard to eliminate. Some of these pet stains and odors are possible to clean up on your own; however, for more extreme messes you need to call in the professionals.

Pets That Shed

Most pets shed to some degree. Obviously, an animal that sheds a lot creates a huge chore for all flooring types and any kind of furniture. If your pet goes through coats during the year, then you are familiar with fur tumbleweeds rolling through your house within hours of cleaning. Most people only think about the visible aspects of pet hair and don’t realize that there’s more to it. Both sitting pet dander and fur leave a pet-like odor in your home. Thankfully, you can clean it by vacuuming, sweeping, a special pet hair remover, and more. Additionally, you can find pet stain and odor cleaners for all types flooring and furniture fabrics. These are perfect for the quickly found messes.

Bad Weather and an Outside Bathroom Are A Bad Combo

A lot of pet owners train their animals to go outside to use the bathroom. When the weather is wet, however, they track in lots of mud. They can get muddy whether they play or not during, especially during bad weather. If you do not catch them before they come back into your house, the mud will get everywhere. Sometimes this can be easy enough to clean; you simply vacuum or sweep the mess up. Other times you might need specific flooring and fabric cleaner in addition to using a pet odor deodorizer. This is an easy solution for dirt and mud messes cleaned soon after the incident. However, if you have a doggy door for while you are at work, you could be coming home to set-in stains. In this case, you would need to call in a professional cleaning service to ensure all the mud is removed from your carpet and furniture.

Urine Pet Stains and Odor Can Be Damaging

If you find pet urine, it is important to clean at once in order to avoid any bacterial growth and prevent pet stains and odors. Start with soaking up the urine with a paper towel or cotton cloth. Press firmly until you have absorbed as much as you can. Create a cleaning solution with half white vinegar and half water. Then, pour it directly onto the stain and scrub until the solution is deep into the carpet. Again, you must blot with a paper towel or cotton cloth. After this, sprinkle a fourth of a cup of baking soda onto the floor and top with the following solution: one-half cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent. Begin scrubbing this into the stain. Once the area is dry, vacuum and the urine should be gone. For stubborn pet stains and odors, a professional cleaning service is the way to go. Their knowledge and expertise go a long way to removing unwanted smells and stains while protecting your flooring.

Pets Can Get Sick Too

It is heartbreaking when your beloved pet gets sick. Unfortunately, an ill pet often results in a huge mess. When pets are sick symptoms often include extra vomiting and accidents. If you are not there to clean these pet stains quickly, they can damage your floors and seep deep into your furniture. To clean these messes, you can start with paper towels, disposable bags, and a fabric or flooring friendly disinfectant spray. You then need to deep clean the spot with cleaner and finish with a pet odor deodorizer. This cleaning process is similar to how to clean urine.

Pet stains and odors can be a chore to clean up. If not handled right away it can be damaging to floors and furniture. In cases like this bringing in a professional is the best way to get the stains up and rid of the odor. If you need certified cleaners, call Carpet Cleaning Athens today, at 706-769-1444. You can also check out our website. We promise to only use the best to get your home looking and smelling great again.

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