“Dogs teach us to love, cats teach us to live”…unfortunately, no matter how much we love our pets, from time to time they can have accidents which not only leave unpleasant odours wafting through the house, but also result in stains on carpets and upholstery.
Stains caused as a result of pet accidents are problematic for two reasons:
- They contain germs and bacteria which have the potential to cause illnesses
- Presence of ammonia can result in lingering unpleasant odours
Both these issues can be resolved by tackling the accident area at the earliest opportunity, and by cleaning it thoroughly following the advice outlined below.
Remove Pet “Accident” Stains Without Chemicals:
When it comes to removing pet urine odours from your floor it’s important to remove the bacteria which adds to the odours, instead of just masking them. To do this, you should clean the “accident” up at the earliest opportunity.
If pet urine is given time to dry, it is more likely to stain the area and also increases the bacteria growth, resulting in unpleasant odours remaining no matter how much or how hard you clean.
Thankfully, cleaning up a pet accident needn’t be difficult nor involve chemicals. Instead it can be done using items you’ll already have in your home and by following the advice outlined below.
- Using an old towel, blot up any excess liquid. Ideally you should use a white or light coloured towel as this will reduce the risk of any colours running from the towel.
- Create a cleaning solution equally made up of white vinegar and water and apply this to the area which needs cleaning. You should leave the solution to soak in for a minimum of half an hour.
Using a vinegar cleaning solution to clean the stain will help to clean the area without fading the carpet / upholstery fibres. The vinegar solution will also go some way to helping remove the unpleasant odours associated with pet urine accidents.
- Rinse the area with clean, fresh water to remove any vinegar and then allow it to naturally air dry, before moving onto stage 2 of the cleaning process which is removing the odour for good – as outlined below.
Say Goodbye to Pet “Accident” Odours For Good:
Failing to fully clean the area to remove the scent has the potential to encourage your pets to return to the area and have another “accident”. It’s therefore important to make sure you fully remove any lingering scents and odours, and remember the senses of your pets are much stronger than your own.
When it comes to removing the unpleasant smell of pet urine, adding a cleaning solution to the area the accident has occurred in will not remove the stain alone. Instead, you need to put a bit more cleaning power into action, but doing so will help keep your home smelling clean and fresh.
We recommend, once the area has been washed and before it has completely dried, you liberally sprinkle either baking soda or unused coffee grounds over the floor. Leave the baking soda / coffee grounds for as long as possible (a couple of hours minimum) on the stain, before vacuuming. The odours associated with pet accidents should then be removed for good.
Acting quickly to tackle the area affected by the pet stain will prevent it from soaking into the underlay, which can result in unpleasant odours and stains remaining no matter how hard you clean the area.
It isn’t just pet urine stains which can be removed without the use of chemicals, a number of other pet stains can be – as mentioned in our post “Easy Ways to Remove Pet Stains…Without Chemicals”.