We love them, play with them, take care of them, cuddle them, feed them, bathe them… and, yes, we do have to clean up after them… That’s right today’s post is all about our most beloved pets. While it is so rewarding to have a little, or big, furry friend, and it has been long since proven that pets improve our quality of life, no one can deny that where there are pets, stains and odd smell inevitably follows, no matter how vigilant we training the little ones properly.
Naturally, you will find various pet stain cleaning products in the local store, but most of them contain dangerous chemicals that can harm both your and your pet’s health, so in this article we are going to discuss the alternative green detergents that one can easily mix with household products. Not only are the natural cleaners budget-friendly, but they are perfectly safe for those naughty, all-exploring tongues and noses that are always curious to check out what are you up to.
Before we begin, I must warn you that the most efficient way to clean up pet stains is to take the faulty one out of the room first as his/ her curiosity might get in the way of your cleaning activities. There are many products in the stores that will help you clean up pet stains, but the safest ones are the home-made remedies, the ingredients for which you will find right in your kitchen cupboard:
Use Vinegar to Clean Up Pet Stains
Yep, once again white vinegar is the best go-to solution for cleaning up pet stains. The ultimate green cleaner will not only vanquish the nasty stains, but it will also neutralize the unpleasant odour, due to its high acidity. However, it works best on fresh stains. Firstly, blot the stain, then apply generous amount of equal parts vinegar-water solution, and let dry. Don’t scrub – remind the cleaners from Kensington! When the spot has properly dried, vacuum clean the area. If necessary repeat, until the stain is no longer visible.
Use Baking Soda to Clean Up Old Pet Stains
While your pet might know that eliminating on the carpet is strictly forbidden, he/she might feel tempted (or forced, depending on the reason why the deed was done) to find a hidden corner, out of your sight to go potty. The smell will inevitably lead you to the “crime scene” but by then, the stain might be dried or even days-old. For those stains, baking soda will be your best friend. Simply sprinkle baking soda all over the spot and let it sit for a couple of hours, and once again clean it up with vacuum cleaner.
Use Club Soda for Stain Pre-Treatment
That is right, club soda works well for pet stain, too. The famous party-stain-remedy for red wine spillages on your evening outfit is the perfect cleaning detergent to help you loosen up old pet stains. All you need to do is saturate the spot with club soda, and wait until the soda stops sizzling. Since the club soda in only efficient during that timespan, you might have to repeat the procedure several times.
Keep in mind that you have to remove the excess liquid by blotting, not by rubbing as the latter will only help the stain penetrate deeper into the fibres of the fabric. If the stain hasn’t been completely removed, use the baking soda treatment next, and your carpet will look like brand new.
If you have a puppy, and you are wondering how to house train it, here is a great article from Fantastic Cleaners Melbourne. It will surely help you avoid many accidents, and having to dig into the contents of your kitchen cupboard.