Pets have been with us forever, and there is a strong bond between people and animals.
When a dog or cat has an accident on a carpet, two types of reactions can take place between the urine and the carpet’s fiber. Some dyes will change color as soon as urine comes into contact with them. The sooner you get on these stains, the more success you will have of restoring the original color by doing the following procedures.
1. Blot up as much as possible with old toweling or white paper towels.
2. Apply a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water, or, one tablespoon clear or sudsy household ammonia to 1 cup of water. Spray on your cleaning solution with a spray bottle, or apply it to white or color fast rags or old toweling, and then rub and blot the stain. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times.
3. Fold a white terry cloth several times and place over the pet stain and weigh down with something like an old book, or, place 1/2 inch of baking soda over the stain.
4. Let dry overnight and remove the terry cloth, or vac up the baking soda. Hopefully the rest of the stain will have evaporated up and out.
The second and more severe reaction happens over time. If the pet accident is not dealt with immediately, over days and time permanent damage will likely happen to the carpet’s fibers and dyes. Fibers may become weakened or destroyed by the urine that was allowed to sit in the carpet. Also, decomposing pet urine will produce an unpleasant odor. After professional cleaning these areas may look worse after cleaning has exposed the weakness of the fibers or removed soil that helped hide the stain.
Other factors relevant in the ease or likelihood that pet stains will be successfully removed, is how strong the urine is as affected by the age of the pet, it’s health, etc.