For those of us who have pets, we know that sometimes they have little "accidents". They may be old and struggle to get out quick enough or they may be a young pup and not quite trained yet. Either way, you need to remove the pet stain from your carpet.
Simple Steps To Remove Pet Stains
If you’ve come home and find your pet has left a stain like this on the floor, there are some simple steps you can take to remove it.
No fancy chemicals needed. Everything that is required should already be in your house.
Okay, let’s get started shall we?
First of all, if at all possible, remove the source of the stain. And yes, this does mean picking up the poo, mopping up the sick or blotting that unfortunate urine leakage!
Now, with the horrible stuff out of the way, let’s get on with restoring your carpet to it’s former pristine condition.
Here are the items you are going to need:
- A bucket of hot water
- Some "grease-fighting" washing up liquid
- A small jug – to put a little bit of the hot water in
- Some light coloured rags, preferably white, or a thin tea towel, again a light colour. These need to be bigger than the area of the stain and bigger than the ironing plate of your iron.
- A hairdryer
- An iron, and finally
- A teaspoon
Take the jug and half fill it with the hot water from the bucket. Measure out a teaspoonful of washing up liquid and stir it into the hot water that is in the jug.
Once thoroughly mixed in, liberally cover the stain with the water and washing up liquid mix. Don’t soak the carpet but make sure you’ve covered the area of the stain.
Take your folded rags and soak them in the bucket of clean hot water. Wring them out the rags to remove most, but not all, of the water and carefully place them over the area of the stain.
Heat up your iron to a medium heat and have it on a medium steam setting. Place the iron onto the rags and with a slight downward pressure, keep it moving over the rags. The reason you want to keep the iron moving is so you don’t dry out the rags and risk scorching the carpet underneath.
What we are aiming to do here is force steam into the piles of the carpet to draw out the stain. This is exactly what a hot water extraction system does on the professional truck mounted cleaners, albeit in a much larger scale.
After a few minutes you should see the stain being drawn out of the carpet and into the rags.
Rinse out the rags to remove the extracted liquid from the rags and then repeat the process.
Rinse and repeat as necessary until there is no more stain being drawn out.
Empty the bucket of hot water, rinse it out and replace it with cool water. Soak one of the rags in the water and wring out gently to leave a little bit more water in the rag than you did before.
Lay this rag over the area that was stained and gently press it into the carpet, rehydrating it.
Take some clean dry rags and blot the area until you are happy that you’ve removed all traces of water and washing up liquid from the area.
I often finds it helps to stand on the rags and rock back and forth on your heels to exert maximum pressure on the rags. Don’t scrub the rags over the carpet back and forth.
At this point it’s likely you’ve removed as much moisture as you’re going to from the area using this technique. However, there will be a slight dampness left. Take a hairdryer, medium heat, high blow – aim the hairdyer at the back of your hand first as this will give you a good idea if it is too hot for the carpet and likely to scorch it.
Point the hairdryer at the area but keep at least 3 inches away and sweep across the area in a zig zag pattern, whilst at the same time wiping across the area with a dry rag.
You should now be the proud owner of a stain free carpet.
Oh, and by the way. If you’re company allows you to take your pet into work, like Google does. Make sure that you clean up after your pet sharpish to avoid falling foul of the 2 mishaps and you’re out rule!
Please bear in mind that although these instructions are very useful, they are no replacement for a professional carpet cleaner, and if you feel at all unsure about undertaking this work yourself, then don’t.