As a nation there’s no denying we are pet lovers. In fact, it has been estimated 45% of household in the UK own a pet, with a total of 65 million pets in the UK. And as pet lovers, it is estimated on average we spend £70 per month on our pets – with 66% of us admitting to buying our pets a birthday gift.
A previous pet census also revealed 37% of pet owners have mixed up the name of their children / partner with their pet and 32% buy treats and gifts more often for their pets than their partner.
Whilst as a nation we may love our pets, our homes can sometimes suffer as a result – due to the stains and odours they can leave behind. Thankfully, removing such stains and odours needn’t be hard work, require endless scrubbing or even specialist cleaning products, in fact, pet stains and odours can be removed with the use of a few everyday household items.
Muddy Paw Prints:
Muddy paw prints are a common problem for pet owners, particularly after taking the pooch to the park. If your dog comes charging into the house before you get the chance to clean their paws on a towel, muddy paw prints can end up covering your carpet and furniture, resulting in stains.
Cleaning such stains from your floors needn’t be difficult, and the following technique can be used whether cleaning muddy paw prints from your pets or foot prints from your partner.
The first thing you need to do when it comes to cleaning a mud based stain is allow the mud to dry, and whilst this will leave your carpet looking unsavoury for a short time, it’ll make the task easier as leaving mud stains to dry prevents them from spreading.
Once the mud has dried, use the hose from your vacuum cleaner to lift away the dirt, whilst for areas which have been discoloured by the mud, mix warm water with laundry detergent and dab the solution on the stain, until it fades.
Toilet Accidents Happen:
Whether you’ve got a puppy or an old dog, toilet accidents will happen from time to time within the home, and such accidents can result in stains occurring. Unlike muddy paw prints, the key to removing stains caused by toilet accidents is to act quickly.
For urine stains, the affected area needs to be tackled with towels (and as many as it takes) straight away, with pressure being put on the area until there is no moisture left. By doing this, you can prevent urine from soaking right through the carpet and through to the floorboards – which can result in unpleasant odours lingering.
Once the moisture has been removed, create a cleaning solution made up of 2 cups distilled white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and 4 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda. Add each of the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake well and spray onto the stain, dabbing as you go.
As much as we love our pets, the smell of wet dog can linger around the home and soak into upholstery and other furniture, as can the natural odours from our pets. Instead of spraying an air freshener around the home to mask the smell, tackle it using the trusted bicarbonate of soda which is sitting in your kitchen cupboard.
Sprinkling bicarbonate of soda over your carpets and upholstery will help to neutralise the odours, and to get the best from this method, it is recommended to leave it to set for as long as possible, before vacuuming clean.
If in Doubt, Use a Specialist Cleaner:
Whilst using homemade remedies to remove pet stains from around your home is often a cheaper and safer option due to the reduction in chemicals being used, there are times when for ease, using a specialist cleaning product is the only option.
Thankfully, there’s a vast range of homemade pet stain and odour removers available, each of which have been designed to clean various surfaces throughout the home, leaving the area fresh, blemish free and looking as good as new.
So, next time your dog decides to run through your house with wet, muddy paws after its walk; or your cat doesn’t make it to the litter tray / out of the cat flap in time, trust the cleaning properties of the items in your cupboards and prevent the stains from becoming a permanent blemish in your home.
Do you have any other homemade remedies for removing pet stains and odours from your home, or is there a pet stain and odour remover you swear by? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.