Best Carpet Cleaning Solution for Pet Stains
Pet stains can be an unavoidable chore to clean up in your home. But if your
beloved pet has decided to urine, poop or vomit on your carpet, that is the
greatest nightmare a pet owner can have. We believe in using natural, organic
and environmentally friendly products to get rid of this problem (as chemicals can harm our pets too). Greener products can be equally, if not more effective compared to other commercial alternatives. In this article, we will explore some of the best carpet cleaners and odor removers for pet stains.
When cleaning any kind of stains, simply blot or dab your preferred cleaning solution on it. Never ever rub on or around the stain. Rubbing may cause the stain to extend further out or set it into the carpet.
Best Enzyme Cleaner for Dog and Cat Urine
If you are looking for the best carpet cleaner for pet urine, a pet enzyme
cleaner (sometime also known as an enzymatic cleaner) would probably be one
of the best methods. As you may have know by now, cat urine is exceptionally
foul smelling and incredibly tough to get rid of. Untreated cat urine has a half life of
up to 6 years due to the presence of uric acid (similar to humans and other
animals such as dogs) and other chemical components. Any other homemade product, method or normal cleaning agent would probably not work well and might even worsen the condition.
Pet urine on carpets is even worse as the pee may "set" in further, causing the odor to linger on for a long period of time. As pet urine consists of many compounds including different kinds of bacteria, a good enzyme cleaner will be required to break it down. As the name suggests, an enzyme cleaner contains enzymes that will break down the components of pet urine into gases that evaporate for good. You should not be stingy with your enzyme cleaner. Instead, use as much as you can on the affected area, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes to do its work (i.e.
breaking down the urine and destroying the chemical components). It is always best to follow instructions on the cleaner you bought. One of the best and top rated bio enzymatic cleaner I will personally recommend is the one by Sunny & Honey which works beyond carpets (practically on any surface and even for cat seats' upholstery).
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (feat Vinegar)
One of the very best cleaning agents that I recommend for carpet cleaning is
baking soda. This is a solution that is readily available and very
cost effective. You have probably seen this branded orange box sometime in your
life but unaware of its multitude of uses in the household. Baking soda is sometimes known as sodium bicarbonate and it is an environmentally friendly product that has persisted for ages. It is very effective at cleaning and deodorizing your pet stained carpets. It has been a trusted and popular cleaning agent for generations not without justification. There are many good reasons why baking soda continues to be a household essential.
Baking soda is not only inexpensive but also very easy to use as a carpet
cleaning solution. You can just apply it to your carpet and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes (longer with repeated applications if it is an old pet stain). You can then easily brush and vacuum it away, enjoying a cleaner and bacteria free carpet. If required, you can also mix in some vinegar or scented oil to increase its cleaning effectiveness for more stubborn stains and/or odors. Vinegar is acidic (with a pH value of around 2-3) in nature and acts as an excellent disinfectant. I would recommend using undiluted white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar always almost go hand in hand in all cleaning scenarios.
The famous orange packing of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Used in the household for practically any imaginable scenario.
Biokleen Carpet & Rug Shampoo
I always try to recommend products that are made by Biokleen. Biokleen is founded by two family oriented pet owners who take pride in their clean and green products. The company specializes and excels in natural, non toxic cleaning solutions. The Biokleen Carpet and Rug Shampoo is an excellent cleaning solution at getting rid of stubborn pet stains to leave your carpet in a refreshed condition. The shampoo is safe to use on almost all types of carpet fibers (nylon, wool, polyester and even the rarer synthetic olefin). The cleaning solution is highly concentrated which makes it even more environmentally friendly and long lasting (you only need to use a tiny cap-full per use). A common complaint of powerful and concentrated cleaning agents is their tendency to leave behind unwanted residues. This leftover residues can be harmful to pets and children. This is not a problem with this product as the only thing it leaves behind is a fresh scented and softer carpet.
I highly recommend this shampoo cleaner for almost any type of carpets, especially if you are chemically sensitive and have very young children and pets. This cleaning solution is akin to much more expensive commercial grade products, effective and most importantly, it is non-toxic.
Biokleen products are biodegradable and never ever tested on any animal.
Better Life Natural Stain & Odor Eliminator (Plant Based)
Better Life is a company that excels at making green, safe and environmentally friendly cleaning products that are powerful at the same time. This exceptional combination of plant based extracts (Eucalyptus & Lemongrass scented) is effective at removing stains and odors from your carpets. It is definitely safe to use with pets and kids as it is non-toxic. As it comes with a spray attachment, you can easily spray the solution directly on the affected area and then blot it with a wet towel (do not rub) as per the instructions. It is effective at dealing with tougher stains such as pet urine and hairball residues. This is always my go to stain remover and odor reducer due to its safety and ease of use.
The subtle but not overpowering scent and non-toxic cleaning action makes this solution one of my top and greenest recommendations for pet stains' removal. On a side note, their detergent product line is pretty awesome (and equally green) too!
Worthy Mention: Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner
If you have a branded carpet shampooer or cleaner machine such as those from Bissell, Hoover, Kärcher etc, it might be worth checking out the Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner. My friend has an 14 year old cat who has some urinary issues and is no longer able to hold his bladder well. She swears by it as she no longer have to call in the carpet cleaning company ever so often. For much smaller stains, she will just use an old spray bottle and a brush to clean up the residue instead of lugging out the carpet machine.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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