Nothing can be as frustrating as a stubborn stain on your carpet. Whether it is a pet stain, red wine, coffee or any other spill that has caused the stain, it is possible to remove a carpet stain with the correct products. If you prefer the natural route you can clear out most stains and odours with a few ingredients you have at home. Alternatively, you can use a commercially available carpet stain remover which can work wonders on stains. For really stubborn stains consider having a professional carpet cleaner do your stain removal. Carpet stain removal, especially for old stubborn stains can be time-consuming and frustrating. A professional carpet cleaning company know how to remove old stains from carpets. They have the knowledge and recourses to deal with most difficult and stubborn stains.  

Expert tips for successful Pet Stain Removal

Most people who have loved pets will attest to the frustration of one or two messes on their prized possession or carpet. Accidents happen and sometimes you can come home to a nasty smelly surprise or have your cat gift you a bloody dead bird on your beloved plush beige carpet. Fortunately, there are methods and products that can be used to get rid of most pet related stains. 

Removing blood, faeces, dirt or any other unmentionable mess from a carpet

Your first step is to clean up the mess. Using gloves, newspaper and plastic bags, remove any excess mess. This process is important as the cleaning process can actually set more dirt on the carpet if you haven’t removed every bit of excess off the carpet first. If it is just sand or mud that your pet trailed in, try vacuuming it up first. Now you can use a solution made up of water and vinegar (50/50) and paper towels to blot up the mess. If you prefer, you can also use an old dishcloth to remove the stain. Do not smear or rub at this point as this will agitate the stain and mess into the fibres of the carpet – something you definitely do not want to do. If you are using an old dishcloth to blot, rinse out your cloth and squeeze after every blot and keep blotting until the stain is relatively stain and odour free. Now use another cloth to blot the area until it is fairly dry.

To remove old stains that have dried into the fibres of the carpet begin by moistening it with the vinegar and water solution and let it sit for a few hours. You can then begin the process of blotting as detailed above. Alternatively, look at commercially available stain removal products that are specifically formulated for pet stain removal.

White vinegar neutralizes odours and can be spritzed onto any stain to remove a nasty odour. Bicarbonate of soda is also a brilliant deodoriser and natural cleaning agent and can also be used with vinegar to remove old stains. You can make a paste with ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup warm water and 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda and apply to the stain. Leave for an hour and then use damp paper towels to blot up the solution. When the vinegar and bicarb mixture has been lifted and the stain has disappeared, use dry paper towel to blot the area dry.   

You can also try mixing a quarter cup water with a little bit of stain removing washing powder and fill into a spray bottle. Now spray the area that has been soiled and let it sit for 15 minutes. Next use paper towels or a dish rag to blot at the stain until the laundry detergent mixture has been picked up. Finally, use clean warm water and paper towel to blot at the stain repeatedly until it has disappeared. 

Removing urine from a carpet

You love your adorable furry pet but accidents will happen. Any pet owner needs to be ready to handle these accidents. Try and clean up the mess as soon as you become aware of it, preferably while it is still wet. Pet urine that dries up leaves a lasting odour that sets into fabric and carpet fibres. It becomes much more difficult to remove the stain and odour once the urine has dried. Immediately place a towel or a few layers of paper towels on the area to absorb the urine. Blot at the area so it absorbs as much urine as possible. Mix a solution of 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup warm water and 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda. Fill the solution into a spray bottle and spray it onto the area. Leave it for 15 minutes and blot with a soft cloth.  For old urine stains, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda directly on the stain. Make a mixture of vinegar and water (50/50) and spray onto the area. Leave for 10 minutes and then blot the mixture up with a dishcloth or paper towel.

Removing vomit from a carpet

If you have the stomach to handle it, cleaning vomit completely of a carpet is possible. You will need to be as quick as possible as vomit is acidic. Acid can set stains really fast so you need to work quickly.  You can use a scraper or dustpan with newspaper to pick up the larger chunks as well as the thicker part of vomit that usually sits at the surface of the fabric. Now that the excess has been removed you can use paper towels to blot up the rest. You can use a dishcloth as well but using paper towels and throwing them away always feels far more hygienic to me. Mix a solution of 1 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and ¼ cup of vinegar and apply to the area. You can now use paper towels to blot lightly until the stain is removed. You may need to repeat this process a few times if the stain is old or very stubborn. When the stain is gone, use a clean cloth dipped in warm water to remove any stain or product residue. Alternatively, you can also mix a solution of 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a bowl. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the stained area. Pour the liquid solution on the baking soda and the stain. Now use a soft brush to work in the area as gently as possible. Let it sit for 10 minutes (longer if the vomit has dried.) Use a paper towel to pick up as much moisture as possible and then vacuum the area. If the stain is tough you will need to repeat these steps a few times.

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