Having pets reside inside your home is great! Your bond with your dogs and cats strengthens as you get to spend more time with them. You can watch closely as they slowly develop and nothing can be more gratifying to a pet parent!
On the end of the spectrum, though, your pets living inside your house also means more opportunities for you to clean your place thoroughly. Just like us humans, animals have instances when they cannot control being untidy. Accidents such as spilling food on the floor, unintentionally doing their “business” in the wrong place, leaving their drool on the furniture, and many other things, can cause pet stains that are hard to remove.
Fortunately for us, there are a lot of ways to remove these marks. We have listed 5 items below that might just help out.
Time is of the Essence
The thing with stains is that they are harder to remove the longer they stay on the surface. This just means that we have to be always on the lookout for food or any other elements that our pet may have dropped or dragged. Puppies and kittens are more prone to doing this so we have to keep an extra eye on them. It is vital that we clean the mess up as soon as it happens to avoid stubborn stains. You can use a sponge to rub the surface clean or spray-on stain remover.
Use Baking Soda
Have you ever had that experience when even after cleaning your floor or any other home surface with detergent, you can still smell a hint of mustiness? That’s when baking soda comes in. When it comes to stubborn stains and unpleasant odor, this substance has proven itself effective over time.
All you need to do is rub a considerable amount of baking soda on the surface right after you’re done cleaning with soap and water. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes for the material to absorb. After that, wipe the area clean with water and dry. Voila! Instant freshness!
Old Stains Require Enzymatic Cleaners
Enzymatic cleaners or enzyme-based products are cleaning agents that rely on enzymes to breakdown the chemical make of old and deep-seated stains to remove them. The most common of this product contains Lipolases (effective in eliminating oil-based stains), Proteases (can remove protein-based stains), and Amylases (for removing carbohydrate and starch stains). They are effective against biological stains such as urine and feces because it’s not only the mark that they can eliminate but also the smell. Some of these enzymatic cleaners are also multi-purposed meaning you can use it to clean the floor, your windows, and even your carpet and couch. The beauty of it too is that you can easily find it on eBay and Amazon and have it delivered at the comfort of your own home.
No to Steam Cleaners and Ammonia-Based Products
In most cases, steam cleaners work wonders when cleaning untidy surfaces. However, when it comes to urine spots, it is a piece of equipment you should overall avoid. Dog and cat urine have protein components that last longer when heated. The steam cleaner can hasten the process of binding the stain to the surface.
Similarly, detergents with ammonia are something we should steer away from. Not that it is ineffective. In fact, these types of detergents can neutralize smell easily. It is just that cleansers with ammonia have a distinct scent that can motivate cats to urinate again in the same place and that can be counter-productive.
Another favorite stain-removing solution is hydrogen peroxide. When removing stains from carpets, this one does the trick. However, it pays to be extra careful when using this chemical. Because of its efficiency, it can overall bleach your carpet colorless! A suggested 3% hydrogen peroxide is enough to do the job. Going for a stronger solution can ruin your furniture completely.
In this day and age, removing stains left by your pets is easy. The market is filled with solutions and equipment that can do the trick most shortly and cheaply. All you have to worry about is if these products are safe for your babies. Do your research well before going for a specific item.
It would also pay to train your pets well. Giving them proper training on where and how to do their business will make your job easier in cleaning your household. This means you no longer need to toil over these stubborn stains.
Do you have other tricks you want to share? We’d love to hear them!