How To Get Dog Stains Out!
Beautiful furniture and carpets add to the beauty of a home but how can you protect your furniture, carpet, and even your bed from pet accidents without resorting to covering everything in plastic--including your dog?
Furniture, Carpets and Dogs--A Marriage Not Quite Made in Heaven
Fortunately, cleaning methods and products are available that will remove stains on most furniture fabrics and carpets. If you are having nightmares about dog stains that keep returning no matter how much you scrub, try these cleaning tips to ditch those dog stain nightmares for good:
- First, determine if your dog is soiling the same area repeatedly. If your dog can smell his own scent, he will keep returning to that same area and re-soiling it. Even though you might not be able to smell urine, rest assured your pet can! If you aren't certain where the soiling is taking place, use a black light to find the urine. Even old urine stains will glow in the dark under a black light.
- For dog stains that are still wet, soak up as much of the accident as possible using a combination of paper towels and newspaper. The faster you can sop up urine, the easier it will be to eliminate the odor. Next, make a small square out of newspaper and paper towel, place the square on the wet stain and either press as hard as you can or sit on the pad for about 30 seconds. Remove the soaked padding, make a new one and keep repeating until pads are no longer wet.
- Rinse the area with cool, clean water as thoroughly as possible. Repeat the steps above to remove excess water or use a wet vac to extract water from the fabric. After the area is clean, apply a high-quality odor neutralizer containing enzymes to the stain. Make sure to follow directions on the cleaner if it recommends testing the neutralizer on a hidden area of the furniture or carpet before using it on a visible area.
Get Dog Stains Out with All-Natural Cleaning Solutions
If you have ran out of commercial cleaning products because of Fido's full bladder, non-toxic, homemade cleaning products for dog stains not only save money but also reduce packaging waste and help improve your home's indoor air quality. You can make a carpet stain remover with one cup of water and one cup of vinegar. Spray it on Fido's latest accident, wait about ten minutes then sponge the spot with warm water and homemade dish soap (one cup of liquid castile soap, 1/4 cup of distilled water and several drops of essential orange or lime oil). For concocting vinegar and baking soda cleaner, just mix two cups of distilled vinegar, two cups lukewarm water and four heaping tablespoons of baking soda.
Wait a Minute--That's a Lot of Work to Keep Up on Dog Stains!If dog stains have you sapped, stressed and stumped, we've got the perfect solution--Bark Potty. Bark Potty is like a super deluxe wee wee pad containing earthy-smelling, all-natural ingredients that energize a dog's strong instinct to urinate and "mark their territory". It's the perfect potty solution for dog owners who:
- Live in an apartment and don't have a backyard
- Don't know when they will arrive home from work
- Have older dogs with incontinence or mobility issues
- Are potty training a puppy
- Don't like the mess and maintenance of artificial grass