How to Remove Pet Stains from Flooring

How to Remove Pet Stains from Flooring

Pet stain removal is quite an easy task, provided you know the right tricks and techniques. This Buzzle article gives you some easy methods of removing stubborn and difficult stains from your carpet and flooring.
Stains on your carpet, concrete or hardwood floors, and other household items is a common occurrence, when you have pets in the family. This happens more frequently before your puppy or kitten receives potty training. As soon as you discover the gift left behind by your pet, you should remove it immediately, as the enzymes in the excrement will surely discolor your flooring. So, quick and thorough action is important for the sake of maintaining hygienic environment inside the house.

From Carpet

The first step of cleaning should be taken when the stain is still wet. Put a number of dry paper towels or a terry cloth on the stained area of the carpet so that the paper soaks is as much urine as it can. Thus you can protect the underlying pad as well as the flooring from getting stained. Do not rub the paper or cloth on the carpet as it will spread the stain further. If required, you can sprinkle a little water and blot the area properly. Thus you can squeeze out maximum liquid residues. The next step of removing stains from the carpet is thorough vacuum cleaning of the carpet.

If the stained area is small, then you can use regular laundry detergent for carpet cleaning. Prepare the cleaning solution by mixing one teaspoon of liquid detergent in a cup of warm water. Wet the area with this soapy solution and then blot with paper towels or cloth. Continue to blot the stain till you find no residues of stain on the paper. To clean stains that are bigger than 5 inches, you have to use commercial products that are specially manufactured to tackle this problem. Select enzyme-based, bio-chemical products as they have natural ingredients which can be safely used on carpets. Moreover, the ingredients break down the enzymes that causes the stains, and also neutralize odors.

From Concrete

Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is an effective cleaning agent that can be used for removal of pet stains from concrete. You can get it from local hardware store or chemical supply store. Prepare a thick paste by adding one cup of water into an ounce of trisodium phosphate. In order to improve its absorption on the concrete surface, you can add a little talcum powder to it. Apply the paste on the floor in the form of a thick layer and leave it untouched for the next 24 hours. Then use a putty knife to scrape out the solid TSP flakes from the surface. Pour some water on the treated area and scrub it vigorously with a stiff bristled brush. This will clean up the stain. Finally, wash off with lots of water. You may have to repeat it a number of times on a stubborn stain. While handling this harsh chemical protect your hands and eyes with gloves and goggles respectively. If you do not want to use such harsh chemicals in your house for safety reasons, then replace TSP with baking powder. The method of application remains the same.

From Hardwood Floors

Fresh urine on hardwood flooring should be soaked up with the help of a rag first. It should be followed by use of a commercial cleaning product which is suitable for such floors. While applying the cleaner, make sure you do not soak the floor with it. Apply a little cleaner and then wipe it off with a white lint free cloth to make it dry. In case, some stains are still left behind, sand the area using a fine sandpaper and buff it well. On an old and dark pet stain from hardwood surface, you can try hydrogen peroxide. Apply a little undiluted hydrogen peroxide on the spot and let it stay there overnight. Then wash off with warm water and allow it to dry. You will find that the ugly stain is gone.

Before you use any commercial products for stain removal on carpet or hardwood floor, you must test it in one hidden corner of the surface just to check whether it is suitable for the material or not. While handling strong chemicals for, make sure that the work area is well ventilated and do not let small children and pets to enter the space.
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