Natural Pet Stain Removal

Pet stains can be a particular nuisance and we are often tempted to run to the store for the best commercial cleaner that we can find.  The trouble is,  many times these cleaners don't work and worse, they can exacerbate the situation.  Some cleaners actually contain chemicals that can make a family pet ill, which can add to their bathroom issues.  Additionally, pets can be attracted to the scent of some pet stain cleaners and cause animals to return to the scene of the crime.

 
* New carpet stains 
New carpet stains are fresh, wet stains. It is important to absorb as much of the urine as possible before treating the stain. Place newspaper or paper towels on the stain and press or stand on the paper to absorb as much moisture as possible. If it is an option, place newspaper under the stain as well since the urine may have soaked through to any carpet padding.
Once the paper is soaked, change it out and start again. Repeat the process until the stain is barely damp.  Once the stain is as dry as possible, rinse it with cool clean water. Repeat the paper process again until stain is almost dry.
You can be done at this point, but if you would like to ensure that all scent is gone, I recommend treating the stain with a natural carpet cleaner or a commercial enzyme cleaner. Enzyme cleaners contain natural organisms that actually eat away the odor-causing bacteria in the stain, removing stains and odors from your carpet and the padding below.

* Old carpet stains 
Old carpet stains are stains that have already set can be difficult to clean, but your persistence will pay off. Your cat or dog's sense of smell is so developed that they can smell the difference between a gallon of water with a teaspoon of salt in it and plain water. Imagine how strong urine smells to them.
If you have previously used cleaners or chemicals on the area, then you will need to remove them for the enzymatic cleaners to work properly. The best method to remove the cleaners is to use an industrial carpet-cleaning machine that is easily rented at your local hardware or grocery store. Use the machine with clean water only. No detergents as they'll interfere with the enzymatic cleaner's ability to target the stain directly.
You may want to use a cleaning machine as your first step even if you haven't previously used chemicals on the area. They do the best job of extracting dirt and will leave less work for the enzymatic cleaners.

* Machine-washable Items: upholstery, bedding and clothes 
For machine-washable items that have been stained by a pet, toss a one-pound box of baking soda into the wash along with your detergent. Air drying the items is recommended.  If you can still see or smell the urine after washing, wash the items again using an enzymatic cleaner and follow the directions on the label.

* Upholstery
If it is not an option for you to remove the cover of your couch cushions and launder them, then dab the stain with a cloth or paper towel. Dampen stain with cold water or club soda and blot again. Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water and apply to stain. Repeat process until stain has been removed. If odor persists, apply an enzymatic odor remover to ensure that odor has been eliminated. Make sure to test for color fastness and follow the directions on the label.

* Microfiber upholstery 
Blot the urine with cold water or club soda and a towel. White is recommended so that you can see the transference of the yellow stain. Cover the stain with baking soda, let it sit for an hour or until dry and then vacuum.

* Hardwood floors
Your pet's urine can harm your hardwood floor and cause it to rot; however, there are a few options.
If you catch the soil while it is still fresh, blot the area immediately with paper towels. Wash the area thoroughly with undiluted white vinegar and rinse completely with warm water. Blot dry immediately with paper towels. Apply an enzymatic odor remover following the manufacturer's directions.
If the stain remains, you can buff the stain with a fine-grained steel wool and floor wax. Buff in the direction of the grain until the stain begins to blend with the finish and the wood is restored. If the stain persists, you can make a paste of pumice powder and vegetable oil and rub into the spot with a soft absorbent cloth. Rub in the direction of the grain until the stain is removed.

If the stain is old, you may try to sand out the stain if it doesn't go too deep. After sanding, apply a polyurethane sealer. Several coats may be needed to seal in the odor.

Hydrogen peroxide can often remove the black discoloration of your wood left by old urine stains; however, this method will bleach your wood. If you choose to apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain you will have to sand, restain, and seal your flooring. Removing old urine stains from hardwood floors may be a job best left to professionals.

Rosemary spot remover
Use this to remove and sanitize urine spots on rugs or fabrics. The scent may deter your cat or dog from using the same area again.
* 1 bar of grated Castile soap
* 1 oz of rosemary oil
* 1 oz of rubbing alcohol
1. Melt the soap in the double boiler.
2. Add rosemary oil and alcohol and blend well.
3. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and let it set.
4. Use as you would any soap or cleaner.
As you can see from the abundance of natural cleaning recipes, it is an easy and effective way to both deodorize and clean your home while keeping your family and the planet safe from harm.  This small contribution will make a huge difference.  You'll feel great about your contribution to the environment and your family will receive noticeable health benefits and you will have saved money.  At the same time, your home will be clean and smell fresh.

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Natural Stain Removers
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Natural Carpet Cleaners
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Natural Pet Stain Removal