How to Clean Pet Messes

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We all love our pets, but their messes are another story. The following are quick ways to clean up those pet messes that we all have to deal with from time to time.

Urine

How to Clean Pet Messes

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Pet urine left untreated may leave yellow carpet stains or even cause a loss of carpet pigment. To prevent carpet damage always treat the problem quickly.

  • Use your deep cleaner, such as the SpotBot Pet or Little Green, to thoroughly deep clean carpet fibers, according to the product’s directions.
  • If the stain is dry, you may need to repeat the process multiple times. Use a formula like BISSELL’s Pet Odor & Soil Removal Formula, which is formulated specifically for pet messes.
  • If the stain is especially stubborn, pre-treat the area with the BISSELL Pet Stain and Odor Remover enzyme formula, and cover the area with a clean, damp towel and let it stand for 24 to 48 hours so the enzymes can do their work.
  • After treating the area, a fan will help expedite the drying process.

Vomit

To prevent permanent stains and odors, the problem must be treated quickly.

  • For vomit, pre-treat the area with an enzyme formula first. Then cover the area with a clean, damp towel and let it stand for no less than 3 to 5 hours but up to 24 to 48 hours.
  • Like with urine stains, you can use a deep cleaner, such as the SpotBot Pet or Little Green, to thoroughly deep clean carpet fibers, according to the product’s directions. Use a cleaning formula like BISSELL’s Pet Odor & Soil Removal Formula.
  • Some pet food does contain dye, an added stain to battle when cleaning up vomit. Dye-based stains can be treated with BISSELL’s Oxy Gen 2 formula, which can be added to some machines or applied as a pre-treater.
  • After treating the area, a fan will help expedite the drying process.

Feces

Again, fast action is best.

  • Gently scrape up semi-solids with a spoon or spatula. Do not use a knife or other utensil with sharp edges because it could damage the carpet or upholstery.
  • Both vomit and feces stains should be pre-treated with the BISSELL Pet Stain and Odor Remover Trigger enzyme formula first. Then cover the area with a clean, damp towel and let it stand for no less than 3 to 5 hours but up to 24 to 48 hours.
  • With feces stains too, you can use your BISSELL deep cleaner, such as the SpotBot Pet or Little Green, to thoroughly deep clean carpet fibers, according to the product’s directions. Like the previous two stains, use a cleaning formula like BISSELL’s Pet Odor & Soil Removal Formula.
  • After treating the area, a fan will help expedite the drying process.

If you happen to be caught off guard without a deep cleaning machine or a manual cleaning formula, never fear! Pet stains can be handled using other home remedy solutions:

  1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent for each 1 cup of lukewarm water and pour your solution into a spray bottle. (Do not use laundry detergent or automatic machine dishwashing detergent because both contain chemicals that could permanently damage and destroy your carpet or upholstery.) Spray the area with the formula.
  2. Using a cloth or towel, gently work the formula into the area using light strokes from the edges of the stain to the center; when your cloth reaches the center of the stain, lightly pinch in an upward motion. Do not rub the stain.
  3. Thoroughly rinse the detergent solution from the area. Any residue that remains may cause rapid soiling, i.e. your carpet or upholstery could become a dirt magnet.
  4. Rinse the area with lukewarm water in a spray bottle. Spray the area lightly but do not overwet, and blot using a clean, dry cloth and light strokes that travel from the edges to the center.
  5. If the spot is not completely removed by the detergent solution, pour a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide on a clean cloth. Blot the stain using the same light, edge to center strokes described above. Repeat if necessary and then thoroughly rinse and blot.
  6. When the area is completely rinsed, allow it to dry. A fan will help expedite the drying process.

Acting quickly and using the right methods and products can help you clean up unexpected pet stains as well as alleviate the stress and headaches that may come along with them.

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