Most mud stains are best left to dry out and then gently brushing the dried particles off the surface and vacuuming them away. Scrubbing the stains while they are still damp will only force the mud deeper in. For stubborn stains on clothes, work a small amount of undiluted detergent into the area and leave for a few minutes, before rinsing and blotting dry with a damp cloth or sponge. Then wash, using a gentle detergent and as high a water temperature as is safe for the fabric.
Whether it’s puppy toilet-training or a distressed and territorial cat, urine stains leave a particularly unpleasant lingering odour. The key is never to use an ammonia-based cleaner as the smell will actually attract your pet back to the same spot. If caught fresh, urine can be treated simply by rinsing with cold water and if it is clothing or blankets, washing as normal, using a biological (enzymatic) laundry detergent. For carpets, treat with an enzyme cleaner. Once the area is dry, sprinkling some bicarbonate soda and leaving for a while before vacuuming will deodorise the area.
This may be the most disgusting stain but thankfully, it is relatively easy to remove. Gently scrape off any excess and then soak the area in a solution of detergent and warm water. Follow with a wash in the hottest cycle possible, using a biological laundry detergent. For carpets, after soaking, you may need to shampoo the carpet using a commercial product as directed.
How to deal with vomit stains depends on what was eaten beforehand. For example, if it was largely meat-based meal, treat it as a protein stain whereas if there was a lot of fat, treat it as a grease stain. Regardless of the type, it’s vital to act quickly, particularly if the stain is on carpets, blankets, mattresses or other absorbent surfaces. Remove any excess and then rinse the area well with cold water. For anything washable, use a biological laundry detergent on a warm water cycle. The worst thing about vomit is usually the lingering smell but this can be dealt with by sprinkling bicarbonate soda as described above.
* Remember, any unusual vomiting should be reported to your veterinarian.
A torn nail, a split ear or a nice, large haematoma on the tip of the tail and suddenly your living room looks like an abattoir…Don’t worry – blood stains are one of the easiest to remove, if you act quickly. Dab with cold water and then blot quickly with paper towels, repeating until most of the colour has been soaked out. Never use hot water as it will react with the proteins in the blood and cause the stain to set permanently. You can also try a solution of mild dish-washing detergent and cold water but don’t rub. For blood on clothes, soaking in cold, salty water will usually do the trick if the stain is still fresh. For old stains, you may need to resort to a commercial stain remover designed for removing blood.
Ultimately, having pets is just not for the severely house-proud but they more than make up for the mess with everything they give us in return!
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