Our cherished pets are a joy, but the stains and odours they leave on our couches can be a real challenge. Discover effective methods for removing pet stains and keeping your furniture fresh.
Handling Pet Urine Stains and Odors on Upholstery
Pet urine stains are a common issue, and the odours they leave behind can be troublesome. Quick action is key to successful stain removal:
- Begin by blotting the urine with paper towels or an old cloth, gently pressing to absorb as much moisture as possible.
- Create a DIY cleaning solution by mixing equal parts white distilled vinegar and cold water. Pour it into a spray bottle for easy application.
- Saturate the urine stain generously with the vinegar solution, ensuring it reaches the underlying layers of the upholstery.
- Use a soft-bristle brush to work the solution deep into the fabric, then blot the area with paper towels or use a shop vacuum to remove excess moisture.
- Allow the treated area to air dry thoroughly, eliminating both the stain and the odour.
- After the upholstery is dry, sprinkle baking soda over the cleaned area to absorb any remaining odours.
- Mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with two cups of cool water. Apply this solution to the baking soda-covered area, working it in with a soft-bristled brush. Blot or vacuum away excess moisture.
- Once the upholstery is completely dry, vacuum the area to lift the fibres and ensure a fresh finish.
Addressing Pet Stains on Dry Clean Only Upholstery
If your upholstery is labelled as dry clean only, handle pet stains with extra care:
- Begin by blotting the urine stain with a white cloth or paper towel, avoiding any rubbing.
- Gently lift any solid matter from the fabric’s surface using a dull-edged tool.
- Seek professional help from a dry cleaner as soon as possible and point out the stain for their expertise. If using a home dry cleaning kit, ensure you use the provided stain remover before placing the garment in the dryer bag.
Preventing and Addressing Pet Stains on Carpets
Pets can sometimes have accidents on our carpets, but quick action is crucial to preventing permanent damage:
- Immediately remove solids with a dull knife or spatula and blot urine stains with white paper towels or an old cloth. Alternatively, use a wet/dry shop vacuum.
- Create a DIY cleaning solution by mixing equal parts distilled white vinegar and cool water. Pour it into a spray bottle for easy application.
- Spray the vinegar solution generously onto the urine stain, ensuring it reaches the carpet’s backing. Use a soft-bristle brush to work it into the fibres.
- Blot the solution with paper towels or use a shop vacuum. Allow the area to air dry thoroughly.
- Once dry, sprinkle baking soda on the cleaned area to absorb any remaining odours.
- Mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with two cups of cool water and apply it to the baking soda-covered area with a soft-bristled brush. Blot or vacuum away excess moisture.
- After complete drying, vacuum the area to restore the carpet’s natural look.
These cleaning techniques and solutions also apply to pet stains on upholstery. However, exercise caution to avoid over-wetting the fabric and prevent damage to cushions and padding.
For professional assistance and expert carpet and upholstery care, turn to Waratah Carpet Cleaning. We’re here to help you keep your home fresh and stain-free.