How Soon Should You Take Care of Pet Stains in Your Carpet?

How Soon Should You Take Care of Pet Stains in Your Carpet?

If you have a house pet, whether cat or dog, chances are you’ve experienced them having an ‘accident’ on your carpet. When these accidents happen on carpeting, it’s not only a challenge to remove the stain, you have to remove the odor as well. The best time to take care of pet stains on your carpet is as soon as you see the ‘accident’ happen. Many times you won’t see the act, so you will have to take care of the stains as soon as it is noticed.

Why Should You Take Care of Pet Stains Right Away?

Animal urine can create a significant financial expense to you if you do not remove it as soon as possible. Repeated pet stains or your pet’s urine can thoroughly soak into your carpet and then into the padding underneath it. Urine from any pet will attract moisture, and if left, will create several varieties of mold. Mold is a serious health concern. This growth can cause respiratory issues and over time serious long-term lung conditions.

The more your pet has ‘accidents’, the more saturated the wood underneath your carpet becomes. Saturated wood will rot, which may make it necessary to remove not only the carpet and padding but your complete subfloor may have to be replaced.

Pets are an important part of many families, but cleaning up after them is a responsibility that should never be left unattended. Animal stains are from animal urine and will increase your risks for allergy-like symptoms, mold growth, strong odors contaminating your living space, and even damage to the structure of your home.

How to Deal With Pet Stains

There are some steps you can take to deal with pet stains on your carpet. These are both Do and Don’t steps to help remove both odors and stains:

  • Do use baking soda
    • Baking soda neutralizes odors and is one of the best materials to use for getting pet urine odor out of your carpet. Make a paste out of the baking soda by using three parts soda to one part water. Once you’ve blotted the urine out of the carpet, apply the paste to the area and let it dry. When the paste has dried, you can vacuum it up and your carpet should be odor-free. 
  • Don’t scrub the stain
    • You should never try to scrub the urine out of the carpet. Blotting is the best, and the only method you should use to get the urine out. When you scrub, you are embedding it into the padding under your carpet. Use a dry, clean cloth to blot the stain. 
  • Do use a pet-marking repellent
    •  Your pet having ‘accidents’ may be a territorial issue with your pet. If this is the case, you should be using a pet-marking repellent to deter this behavior in the future. These repellents are designed to keep your pet from marking. You may also want to check your vet to make sure the ‘accidents’ are not health-related.
  • Don’t use a steam cleaner
    • A steam cleaner will set the odor into your carpet. You should consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service as some home-remedies will not do the job.

Who Can Take Care of Pet Stain on My Carpet?

Sol Carpet Repair has the experience you need in removing pet stains and odors from your carpet. Pets are important, but it’s also important to live in a clean, healthy home, and this cannot exist if you have unattended pet stain on your rugs. We are ready to remove your pet stain in the shortest, most affordable time possible.