Did your four-legged friend make a mess in the house? Dogs of any age can have an accident. Once you’ve cleaned the pet’s fur and showed the animal the appropriate place to go potty, it’s time to tackle the unsavory cleaning task. From vomit and feces, to urine and blood, stains and pet odors are simply part of being a pet parent. Thankfully, both stains and odors are simple to remove from carpet.
Step 1: Make a cleanser
Mix this homemade cleanser today so you’re ready to remove odors and stains from the carpet. Fill a 1-quart spray bottle three-fourths full with tap water. Add enough white vinegar to nearly fill the bottle. Don’t use apple cider vinegar; it can stain light-colored carpet and rugs. Now use a funnel to squeeze the juice of a fresh, sliced lemon into the bottle. Replace the spray bottle lid and give the bottle a gentle shake to mix the ingredients. Test the cleanser on a small area of the carpet to check for color fastness. Try it on an area of carpet hiding in a closet or under a piece of furniture.
Step 2: Clean the stain
When the pet makes a stain, clean up as much of the mess as possible with paper towels or old rags. Use a blotting motion to absorb liquids. Never rub the carpet. This pushes stains deeper into the carpet fibers, pad, and backing.
Now, spray the area liberally with the homemade cleanser. You want the liquid to soak all the way through the rug or into the carpet pad. The acid in the vinegar and lemon juice neutralizes odors and remove discoloration on the floor covering. Blot the cleanser with more rags or paper towels until the area feels slightly damp. Let the area air-dry. Never use a space heater. This can shrink carpet or melt rugs made of synthetic materials. The vinegar odor will go away once the carpet is dry.
Step 3: Neutralize the odor
If any odor lingers in the area, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over the carpet. Walk over the powder to help work it into the fibers. Let the baking soda sit for 10 minutes. Then, use a vacuum to pull the baking soda from the fibers. This natural deodorizer will absorb any lingering pet odors or traces of vinegar. Finally, fluff the carpet with a soft-bristle brush or your hand.
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