If you have a pet, you know the possible risks you’re taking when it comes to your carpet. If you leave a pet stain untreated, it will soak in through the carpet, into the padding and all the way down into the floor itself. If untreated the stain can do damage to your carpet and floors, not to mention the smell that will remain if you don’t clean it right away.
Depending on the pet, you might experience different pet stain issues. Dogs tend to be more territorial than cats, and dog carpet “accidents” happen more often. Even though male cats do most of their territorial marking on vertical surfaces, it is also possible for them to do so on your carpet. High-protein diet cats leave tougher stains. Age also matters, older pet “accidents” are more likely to stain the carpet and have a stronger odor.
The sooner you treat carpet pet stains the better. Blot out the spot as soon as possible, then mix equal parts water and vinegar. Apply the mix with a spray bottle right on the spot and absorb it with white towels, making it as dry as possible. Place a towel on top of the treated spot and leave it overnight. This will help absorb any residue during the night.
Cleaning dried stains requires similar steps – add detergent to the water and white vinegar. Once the spot is cleaned and dry, use odor eliminator spray if needed.
Depending on the carpet type it might be hard to remove pet stains using the above method. To avoid carpet damage, consider calling a professional carpet cleaner.