Even the best trained pets will occasionally mess up on the floor. They could be sick, adapting to a new environment or maybe you’ve changed their litter or litter box.
It’s important to clean up these messes quickly to avoid staining the floor. Urine can be especially damaging and can cause hard-to-remove stains if not cleaned up in time.
Here are some quick and easy tops for cleaning pet stains on different types of floors including carpet, wood and tile.
Note: If your pet makes a mess often, talk to your vet about it. There could be a health or behavioral issue behind the habit.
- Use a cloth or paper towel to blot the urine
This applies to all types of floors whether it’s carpet or tile. As soon as you notice the mess, get a bunch of paper towel and blot it dry.
It’s important that you don’t wipe it back and forth. That will just spread it to a larger area and drive it into the floor.
Just place the paper towels on the area and press them down lightly. You can also use an absorbent cloth.
If the mess is on a carpet, step on the paper towels or cloth to absorb as much liquid as possible.
Keep blotting until the paper towels come up dry.
- Use a dustpan for vomit before blotting
If your pet has just vomited, there are probably solid chunks mixed in with the fluid. Remove the solids first. You don’t want to press them into the floor. They will be harder to clean.
Put on some gloves and use a dustpan to collect all the solid chunks. Then you can attack the remaining mess with paper towels or an absorbent cloth.
- Get a pet stain cleaner or make your own
After blotting it is important to clean the area to prevent a stain from forming and to disinfect the spot. There are some commercial pet cleaners you can buy and keep around for such situations.
You can also make your own pet stain cleaner at home. Mix ½ cup of vinegar with one and a half cups of warm water. Let the solution soak on the stain for around 5 minutes and then dry it using paper towels or an absorbent cloth.
For small messes that you’ve found in time, the blotting and cleaning should be enough. However, if the stain was particularly smelly, you’ll need to go further. Check the next two tips.
- Use baking soda or vinegar to remove odors
If after cleaning the spot still stinks, make another vinegar and water solution and soak it for longer. Baking soda also works great. Sprinkle as much as you need over the area and let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming it.
For extra-strong odors that won’t go no matter what you do, I recommend you get a commercial pet stain cleaner. It will be more effective at getting rid of the smell.
- Use hydrogen peroxide for a deep clean
For tough stains that won’t come out with a standard vinegar cleaner, try hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is a weak acid meaning it can bleach your floor. So be careful when using it. Test it on a small patch of your floor before using it on the stained area.
Luckily, most carpets these days won’t get discolored by hydrogen peroxide. But it can cause slight discoloration on dark wood flooring.
To minimize chances of damage, make sure you are using the standard 3% hydrogen peroxide. Also rinse the area after using hydrogen peroxide. Spray it with a bottle of warm water to dilute the acid then use paper towels to dry the moisture.
- Make a baking soda paste to clean tile grout
Cleaning pet stains on tile is much easier. Usually, a quick blotting with paper towels followed by a rinse with vinegar and water should do the trick.
The problem is if the stain has spread to the tile grout. It will be much harder to clean especially if it has set in.
The best way to clean grout lines is by using a baking soda paste. Mix half a cup of baking soda with just enough water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the grout using a gloved hand. Let it sit for around 15 minutes then scrub with a small brush or an old toothbrush.
- Use commercial enzyme cleaners for old and tough stains
These home solutions may not work as well for pet stains that have had weeks or months to absorb into the floor. For that, you’ll need a commercial enzyme cleaner.
It will break up the stain for easier cleaning.
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