Pet Stain Removal Melbourne
Hmmm pet stains….we all love our furry friends, but we don’t love the “accidents” they sometimes leave behind on the carpet! Cat urine, dog urine, faeces, vomit are all to be expected on the carpet at one time or another when you have pets. The trick is knowing what to do when you encounter these situations so you can minimise the damage. So as to ensure your carpets remain safe and hygienic for the rest of the family.
Removal of pet stains – professional carpet cleaning process
In most instances, pet stains and odours can be professionally removed using a specialised surface treatment, steam cleaning and deodourising. If you see it happen, blot the area with paper towels. You may even be able to use a wet/dry vac to extract the urine. Then gently blot with a damp clean cloth, followed by a clean dry cloth or old towel to remove most of the urine. You will still need a professional carpet cleaner to follow up with a urine treatment to kill bacteria and remove odour. However, by removing most of the urine you will help prevent pet stains. This method is only successful if the pet stain has not soaked through to the underlay and floor beneath. Pet urine when left untreated forms salt-like crystals. When these crystals become damp they release odour. This is why sometimes the smell seems stronger after carpet steam cleaning.
Heavy Pet Stains
Usually applying urine treatments and deodourisers to the surface of the carpet helps eliminate this problem. If, however the carpet backing and underlay have been affected by the urine soaking through, then there are a few more steps to follow;
- the carpet will need to be pulled back
- the underlay removed and replaced
- the floor surface washed and resealed
- both sides of the carpet treated
- the carpet relayed, steam cleaned and deodourised.
- In homes where the soiling is severe the carpet and underlay should both be removed and replaced with new carpet and underlay.
What you can do to remove pet urine from carpets – Free recipe
We recommend using a professional carpet cleaner to safely and effectively remove pet stains from carpets. However we understand sometimes it just isn’t cost effective, especially when you are toilet training a young pet and there are constant “accidents”. The great thing about this home remedy is that you will already have most of the products in your kitchen or laundry cupboard. If not, they are inexpensive and available at your local supermarket.
CAUTION: while we have seen this process used with great success and it is generally safe for most carpets, we do not take responsibility if it causes any discolouration or damage to your carpet. We always recommend doing a spot test first in an inconspicuous area of the carpet. Do not use ammonia based cleaning products as pet urine is ammonia based and it will encourage the animals (especially cats) to repeat urinating on the same spot. Sometimes the pet urine itself will bleach carpet, this method will not reverse bleaching by urine. Wool Carpets: We do not recommend this process for woolen carpet as it may result in damage to the fibre – always seek professional advice for natural fibres such as wool or silk.
If your pet has urinated on washable cushions, we recommend washing them in Bio-Zet laundry detergent. Bio Zet has enzymes which eliminate bacteria and odours caused by pet urine.
You will need:
- Baking soda (Bi Carb Soda)
- white vinegar
- mild dish washing detergent
- 3% hydrogen peroxide – must be no more than 3% or you may bleach your carpet
- Soak up as much of the urine as possible using paper towels or an old towel.
- Make a solution of 70% water and 30% white vinegar and using a spray bottle or a white cloth soaked in the liquid, wet the affected area of carpet. Then dry the area again as much as possible by blotting (not rubbing) with paper towels or a cloth. You could also use a wet/dry vacuum if you have one.
- Sprinkle a handful of baking soda over the affected area. Mix 1/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of mild dish washing liquid in a spray bottle and spray over the baking soda. Work this gently into the carpet with a brush or your fingers (wear rubber gloves!)
- Leave to dry completely, then vacuum up the dried baking soda. You may need to use a firm bristled brush to loosen the dried baking soda. Be careful not to use too much pressure or rub too vigorously or you may damage the carpet pile.