When it comes to removing and eliminating pet stains and odors, the path to finding an effective cleaning solution can be tough. Depending on how bad the problem is, the power and amount of product you try can be the deciding factor in whether or not you can take care of the situation.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to take a professional carpet cleaning service to tackle the problem for you. Believe it or not, there are quite a few household products that you’re probably already using on a weekly basis that can help.
Here are 4 of the most effective and proven products that can return your house to normal and make your senses smile again.
1.) Baking Soda
First up we’ve got baking soda which shouldn’t be much of a surprise to most people. Baking soda is used in a variety of manners for cleaning, keeping our refrigerators fresh, and eliminating litter box odors.
For set in stains, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda and let it sit for a couple of hours then follow up with vacuuming.
2.) Club Soda
Club soda is known for it’s tough ability to take stains out of clothing, carpet, and plenty of other types of fabrics.
This treatment may take a few tries due to the effervescence. Blot the spot once the club soda stops fizzing and repeat as many times as needed until a change takes place. If this process isn’t working well for you, try following up with a baking soda.
3.) White Vinegar
White vinegar is great for neutralizing odors with the help of it’s high acidity, which can even treat the odors of set-in stains.
Vinegar is best used for blotting instead of rubbing so the stain doesn’t get rubbed deeper into the fibers of the carpet. After this is completed, dilute the white vinegar with equal parts cold water and pour it over the stain in small amounts, followed by blotting. For best results, vacuum over the area when it’s dry again.
Last but not least we have bleach. For thick, caked-on stains and deep odors on light colored carpets, bleach diluted with water can be a last resort for treatment. We’re talking 10 parts water to only 1 part bleach. Apply the solution with a spray bottle for best results and let the area sit for 15 seconds before rinsing with warm water.
We understand that using bleach could possibly change the color of your carpet depending upon the type. Because of this, we strongly suggest to test an area before applying all together to prevent possible discoloration. Let the test drop sit for a minute or so before applying water. Obviously, if no discoloration occurs then a bleach solution is safe for your stains.