Pet Accident Help!
Pet Accident Tips
Ok, Spot has had an accident on your beautiful carpet, upholstery, or area rug – now what? Don't panic; here are a couple of quick steps to follow to midigate disaster:
- Act quickly. The sooner you get to cleaning up the mess, the easier it will be. Urine and other pet stains become harder to clean up as they dry and may even cause a permanent stain if not treated quickly. Scrape up any solids with a spoon or spatula first, then get to work on the spot.
- Blot, don't scrub! I see this mistake time and time again: we know that we shouldn't rub the spot, but blotting doesn't seem to be working quickly enough, so we scrub away. The problem is that while you may be able to remove the spot, you often leave permanent abrasion marks on the carpet. Blot, blot, blot and then blot some more.
- Easy on the soap. Whether spot or stain, start by blotting with a clean white cloth and warm water only - remember, you are trying to "extract" the spot by absorbing it into the cloth. In the case of urine and other pet stains, you can move on to a water-vineger solution, but avoid grabbing the closest household cleaner, or worse yet – dishsoap – and dumping it on the stain. Pet stains often do not respond to typical household cleaners or detergents, and the residue from the soap will attract soil over time and make the problem worse. If you do need to use an additional cleaner, dilute it in a cup of water and then apply it to the spot with a cloth. No dumping, pouring or other excessive methods!
- Call a professional. If you don't have success, call a professional before you do any permanent damage to your carpet. Trained, certified professionals can often remove stains that seem like they're in your carpet, upholstery or area rug for good.
Green Earth Carpet Cleaning is trained to fix all types of carpet spots or stains. Don't delay, call now!