Oh, poop! Literally!
Fewer things bring a family as much happiness as a pet can. They quickly become a member of the family and are often the most spoiled member, too. The puppy stages can be easily compared to taking care of a newborn. It’s time-consuming, emotional and involves lots of poop and cleaning up messes.
While light colored pallets are still very popular in interior design the ivories, beiges, light grays and whites don’t really lend themselves to being pet-friendly, especially if you have pet potty problems. Here are some tips when the stuff hits the fan (or the floor) and you’re in panic mode:
First, bag up the solid mess and then quickly blot up the liquid with a white towel or paper towels. Let it absorb as much as you can WITHOUT pressing the stain back in to the material, upholstery or carpet. This is a common mistake! Often times people try to pick up the stain by putting pressure on the towel hoping it will absorb the mess. That only pushes the stain further into the fiber of the fabric or carpet making it more difficult to lift the mess.
Second, find a pet cleaning solution that specializes in stain remover. A few of my favorites are Fresh ‘n Clean Oxy-Strength Pet Odor & Stain Eliminator, Simple Solution Pet Stain and Odor Remover, and Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator. Let the solution sit for several minutes or follow the product instructions if different. The key here is don’t scrub, just lightly blot! Scrubbing can harm the surface you’re treating and cause the stain to set in deeper. But more commonly scrubbing will fade or damage the surface. There’s no need to be too aggressive in your scrubbing technique. It’s safer to treat, retreat and maybe even retreat a third time in a gingerly manner than it is to attack the stain aggressively and ruin the carpet or upholstery.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, make sure that once you have treated and removed the stain you rinse the area with water. This will allow you to get as much of the cleaning product out of the surface area as possible. Residue from cleaning products can fade upholstery or carpet over time and can even cause the surface to become stiff and crunchy. Get a water bottle and spray the area down and follow up by using a white towel to once again gently blot the area until it’s as dry as possible.
Pet lovers, we are in this together! Do you have a favorite product or maybe even a DIY product you use to remove pet stains? If so, visit our Facebook page and share it with us. We’d love to hear from you!
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