How Best to Remove Pet Stains and Odours

Part of owning a pet is cleaning up the mess they make. While we love spending time with our pets, they’re not always the cleanest house guests. Accidents happen. But just because you are stuck with a mucky pup doesn’t mean you can’t make the clean-up easy.

After years of cleaning up after our own pets, we thought we’d disclose some top tips. So, next time you’re scrubbing out a stain or battling a pet odour, follow this guide.

Act quickly

Stains set. This lesson most of us learned the hard way. If you spot a stain, don’t leave it till tomorrow; act now. Or else, you’ll need more than a little elbow grease to remove the stain.

Use the washing machine

Bedding. Cushion covers. Clothes. Rugs. All of these can be thrown inside the washing machine. Rather than a standard wash, add in 500grams of baking soda (Bi-carb Soda) alongside the detergent.

If necessary, an enzymatic cleaner like ‘Urine Free’ pet odour remover can be added to break down the waste odours.

Using area rugs can save on washing by reducing the spread of stains.

Cleaning carpets

Found a carpet with a stain: is it still wet? Wet stains mean new stains. Here, you’ll need to soak up as much residue as possible. Thick paper towels or newspapers work quite effectively. Once you’ve removed the moisture, use a carpet cleaner and scrub the affected area. Rinse with clean water, and leave to dry.

If the stain has dried, here are some options:

  1. Hire a carpet cleaner

  2. Use a pet odour neutraliser – after cleaning

  3. Steam cleaners will permanently set a urine stain

  4. Strong chemicals, like vinegar or ammonia, can encourage your pet to mark the same area again.

Cleaning solutions

You can’t go wrong with a vinegar-baking soda mixture. Use 2 cups white vinegar to 2 cups of warm water. Then, add four heaped tablespoons of baking soda.

Spray on the affected area and scrub. It should work to clean or diminish most stains. The baking soda will also help sort out any pet odours.

If you need a more intense cleaner, combine ½ a cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%), one cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of dish washing liquid. Together, they make a potent carpet or upholstery cleaner.

Preventing further damage

To prevent further damage, you’ll want to train your pet where they can and can’t go. Clearly establish the rules about going to the designated doggie toileting area, and use positive reinforcement to encourage this behaviour. Praise when they relieve themselves in the designated area.

Note: Puppies need to toilet approx every 30 mins. Indicators that that time is now, are circling, and sniffing about. Common times dogs of all ages need to toilet is around 30 mins after eating a meal. And first thing in the morning.

To assist your inside pup/dog make ‘toilet times’ an evening ritual until you are satisfied they have achieved toileting independence. For example; In the evening, take your pup/dog outside 30 mins after feeding and stand near the designated area, when your pup/dog goes to this area praise and use words toilet now or similar, take him or her out again one or more times before bedtime. Praising every success. Your pup/dog will associate ‘toilet’ with going to the designated area to do their business.

Entire male dogs may be harder to toilet train, and may cause problems by constantly marking inside the home. This habitual behaviour is often quickly overcome after spaying (de-sexing).

If your dog keeps staining your home or gives off a bad smell, seek a vet. It may be a sign of an underlying condition.

Otherwise, keep up the training, and you’ll eventually break the bad habit.

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