You walk into a lovely room at home and stop short as your pet pooch slinks under the sofa. There before you is a sizable puddle–again. Scolding Poochie for a lack of self- control, you head to the kitchen for cleaning supplies, and return to tackle the job at hand while grumbling under your breath.
If this scenario is all too familiar, here are a few tips that may be of help until Poochie learns better manners. Check the quality and price of several stain removal products until you find those that work best for your home. Keep these on hand for pet emergencies so you don’t have to run out to the store in the middle of the night or leave an odorous task until morning.
- Blot the stain. Place a large paper towel, a double-fold napkin, or a clean scrub cloth on top of the stain, but do not rub or press down. Let the covering gently settle and absorb excess moisture while preventing it from spreading. Keep Poochie, other pets, and the kids away from the area.
- After a few minutes, lift the towel or cloth and place it in a trash bag at the site, before moving, to keep it from dripping on other areas of the carpet. If there is still a lot of moisture, add another towel or cloth. Continue this cycle until all extra moisture has been absorbed. With the final layer, press gingerly on the stain to draw up residual surface dampness.
- Sprinkle the prescribed amount of stain remover, with carpet deodorizer if desired, on and around the puddle area. Follow directions carefully, as some substances can be removed promptly while others need to linger several minutes or hours to take full effect. Be sure to cover the entire area evenly.
- Clean as directed on the stain remover container. Vacuum a carpet or rug, or wet mop a tile or wooden floor. Remember to change the sweeper bag afterward or disinfect the mop head. Depending on the cleaning product’s guidelines, you may need to repeat this step for the most effective results.
- Check the area after a few hours or the next day. Note whether the area is still stained, even faintly, or if there is an odor. If an odor or discoloration lingers, check the cleaning product container for follow-up care. Or contact a pet store, veterinarian, dog breeder, or pet groomer for advice about treating resistant stains. When you have completed the next step, block off the area, especially if the carpet is damp, to allow it time to completely dry. If a permanent fade or stain continues, consider consulting a professional carpet cleaning business or buying an accent rug to hide it.
You may want to invest in additional house training for Poochie to avoid more accidents in the future. Securing her in a crate or area like the garage at night can be effective. Letting her outside more frequently during the evening can help, too. Some people keep their best rooms (with expensive or hard-to-clean carpets) reserved for guests only, off-limits to pets. After all, an ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure.