Not all stains can be removed. Sadly, some do permanent damage to your carpets and upholstery. It is extremely important that you know what the proper cleaning instructions set by your carpet or rug manufacturer are. Some carpets/rugs are made of natural fibers such as wool and these tips should not be used in this instance. Carpets/rugs with specific dyes also require special care. If you are unsure test a hidden section of carpet/rug or upholstery to test for colorfastness.
This week in the Aqua-Dry office we’ve received quite a few phone calls from customers whose pets have soiled their carpets/rugs/upholstery over the weekend. This kind of stain can be difficult to remove so results cannot be guaranteed; however here are a few tips on what you should do should you find yourself with unsightly urine stains on your carpets or upholstery:
It is difficult to remove urine stains, however, we have some tips to help you deal with the situation in-house.
How to Treat Pet Stains: Urine
Important Note: It is essential that you test these solutions on a hidden piece of carpet, rug or upholstery before proceeding with these tips.
The first step in treating this stain is to use 1 teaspoon of clear, house type ammonia (which can be found in your local supermarket) to a half cup of cold water. This solution can be used in a spray bottle or applied directly to the carpet. It is important to try and avoid wetting the carpets backing when you use the solution. After applying the solution, use paper towels to blot the stained area of the carpet or rug and allow to fully dry.
Another alternative is to use a detergent solution which can be made using household soap. The combination is one quarter of a teaspoon detergent to 2 pints of water. It is important to make sure the soap is bleach-free and lanolin-free.
You should always use regular water in these solutions as it can re-hydrate the stain which can help with removal. Allow the area adequate time to dry completely.
If the results of the test are not satisfactory and you were unable to remove urine stains, it would be in your best interest to contact a professional to take care of your carpet/rug or upholstery cleaning job in a safe and professional manner.
Read more about When to call in the professionals.