Don’t stress too much – with the right cleaner and a little patience, most stains can be removed. Obviously, the sooner you can find these spots, the better, but if you’ve missed a spot, all hope is not lost. With a few of these products, you’ll be well on your way to restoring your carpet or other flooring around your home.
If you can catch pet stains while they’re still fresh, a simple spot cleaner like this one from Bissell can be applied to the affected area. Remove all the solid mess that you can, and then follow the directions on the bottle to clean the area. You’ll be able to put this accident in the past.
Sprays like this one use a natural enzyme to break down the odors from stains found on a variety of surfaces like leather, upholstery and different types of flooring. Not only will it remove the stain, it will take any offending smells with it.
Do it yourself
You might be able to make your own stain remover with items you already have around the house.
Vinegar and baking soda are simple deodorizers that aren’t full of harmful chemicals and they’re easy to keep in stock around the home.
Club soda is also useful, but it’s most effective while it’s bubbling. You may have to apply a few layers to keep it bubbling long enough to get the stain out.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be great for cleaning darker stains. If the carpet or other surface is light, diluted bleach may also do the trick.
For any product, always check an unseen area to make sure your solution won’t fade your surface or carpet. And always keep your stain remover of choice handy – you never know when you’ll need to clean up after a pet!