Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pet Stain Removal

How to Remove Pet Stains

If house training your puppy is going a bit slow or your cat keeps missing the litter box, you don't always have to live with their pungent reminders. These unpleasant stains can be removed, especially if you catch them when they're still fresh.

Urine on carpet and upholstery
Soak up excess moisture with a white rag or paper towels.

Blot on a solution of 1/4 tsp. mild liquid
laundry detergent and 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) warm water. Repeat until there is no more stain transferring to a towel or rag.

Blot with a solution of 2 tbsp. ammonia and 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) water. Rinse with warm water. Repeat. Blot dry.

Blot the area with a solution of 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) white vinegar and 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml) water. Rinse.

Cover with several layers of paper towels weighed down with a heavy, nonfading object. Continue changing paper towels until the carpet is dry.

If you can't remove the stain, consider recovering the furniture item or replacing the carpet.

Feces on carpet and upholstery
Gently scoop up excess with a spoon or spatula.

Blot with an ammonia solution (see step 3, above). Let it soak in for several minutes.

Blot, then repeat until the stain is removed. Rinse with cold water. Blot dry.

To remove lingering carpet odors, sprinkle baking soda on the spot. Let it sit overnight, then vacuum
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