Having a dog or a cat can be a lot of fun. They’re like babies and are generally entertaining. They also provide excellent emotional support. However, no matter how well you train your pet, accidents do happen. These toilet accidents can leave a mark. We’re talking about the smells and stains that can be left on your carpets and rugs. They can stink up your home in no time unless you call a professional rug cleaning, Bellflower, California. Before you ask for a quote, however, you might want to try these DIY solutions first.
Assess the damage
The first thing you should do is to calm down and assess the damage. Is it a urine accident or a poop accident? The latter is messier and more challenging to deal with, especially if you can’t really stomach touching your pet’s waste. If the rug is cheap enough, some owners just dispose of them. For environmental reasons, however, we don’t discourage this. Suffice it to say that for poop accidents, we would always recommend a quick call to your trusted professional rug cleaning, Bellflower, California supplier. Of course, if you’re brave enough to try a DIY solution, then read on.
Get as much of the waste off the carpet as possible
For urine stains, removing wet urine always lessens the smell the stain leaves behind in the long run. Letting wet liquid seep through your rug will, of course, immerse your rug or carpet into the ammonia and make it harder for you to remove the stain yourself. The same thing should be done if your pet committed a poop accident. Don’t let the waste sit on the carpet for too long. Using gloves (and possibly a mask), remove all the dropping from your carpet. Tissue off any debris that might be left behind. Avoid pressing or rubbing any of the waste further into the fabric of your carpet or rug. Eliminate the waste with fire and brimstone. Just kidding. Dispose of them as you usually would.
Keep pets out of harm’s way
Before you start really getting into the mess, make sure your pets are not near you as you clean the carpet. Put them in a safe place because while baking soda and vinegar are natural and harmless for humans, too much could be toxic to your pets.
Prepare your vinegar solution. They say the harmless ratio is one part vinegar solution, one part warm water. This way, the solution will be potent enough without making your rugs or carpets fade away. Put this solution in a sprayer so you’re able to apply the solution slowly onto your stained carpet. Wear gloves and prepare tissue or disposable rags for the application. Prepare your baking soda as well.
On a safe surface, ideally lined by some newspaper, place your stained rug. Spray on the vinegar-water solution and then let it settle for a few minutes before patting it off with a tissue or a rag. For both types of stains, it is better to pat dry because rubbing against the fabric makes the smells settle more. Do this several times until you remove about 50-75% of the stain. If it doesn’t lift off the stains completely, spray on a good amount of the vinegar solution and then sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto your rag. Wait for several hours before removing the baking soda. You can remove it by vacuuming it off. Usually, all smells and stains are out by the first or second batches of baking soda sprinkle. If they remain, you may want to try neutralizers.
You could mix lemon juice in water and spray it onto your rugs or carpets. You could also purchase commercial rug or carpet cleaners if the natural mixture is not working. Take note, though, that commercial cleaners could leave behind chemicals on your rugs.
Know when to call
If nothing works, and the smell remains, you have two options. You could call a professional rug cleaning, Bellflower, California provider or you could toss out your rug or carpet. Weigh the costs.
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