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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pet Stains ~ Guest Post By Hsin-Yi Cohen

We all love our pets but we certainly don’t love the mess they make! So here are a few tips to help you live with your mucky friend:

Mud
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.

Urine
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.

Faeces
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.

Vomit
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.

Blood
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!

Do you have any tips for cleaning up pet stains?  Please share them if you do!

We want to thank some of our wonderful friends from Down Under, Honey the Great Dane & her person Hsin-Yi, for allowing us to post this!

If you're interested in doing a guest post on Pet Blogs United, please send us an e-mail at PBU at comcast dot net.

© Copyright, author Hsin-Yi Cohen

13 comments:

Caren Gittleman said...

thanks so much for the great tips!

There is some useful information for ALL of us who have fur babies!

Cat Chat http://opcatchat.blogspot.com

Lavi said...

That is really useful information. I have a good idea too, but not that easy to apply... having wooden, linoleum or tile floors. Easy to clean and get the smells out.

Other than that, be vigilant and catch the stains fresh, before they can get away with it.

Hound Girl said...

Great Tips, we have all wood floors and tile :)

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

These are great tips! I am always open to learning new information for cleaning up after my 4-legged babies :)

Kea said...

This is why I'm slowly getting rid of the wall-to-wall carpet and replacing with laminate. Mind you, the cats still barf on the area rugs. Which is why they are cheap ones from Wal-Mart. LOL.

Brian said...

Yes, that was lots of good info!

rescuedinsanity.com said...

Ah, sound advice indeed. I'm sure every single one of us has had to deal with a couple stains now and then.

sophie...^5 said...

HEY HO...OSKAR...It's Sophie #290...now this is going to be fun to follow! HAppy Shmappy Holidays to you and all of yours!

Kari in WeHo said...

THanks for the tips, we have stains a plenty here!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

All About Ferrets said...

Thanks so much for the tips. With 5 ferrets running around the house, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the pooping and piddling - LOL! Great to know how to clean things up well!

April said...

Yes, blood stains are the easiest to remove, although there are spots that I find only too late. When I do, I rely on professional carpet cleaning. Clearwater, FL has a lot of carpet cleaners, thank goodness. I need them a lot, especially when it comes to removing urine stains since even if I am able to remove the stain, the odor still remains. The cleaners use industrial machines here in Clearwater. Carpet cleaning is actually faster that way, especially with those footprints my dogs leave after playing in the yard. Keeping 3 dogs at the same time sure is a hassle but it is definitely worth it! Thank you for the tips!

Mike said...

Before starting having a pet you must have know what is the characteristics of your pet..

To buy a ferret
Information on ferret forum, plus tips on ferret care.

mold remediation NYC said...

Pet stains are very stubborn and it is very hard to deal with them and clean them but when they have to be removed there are many improved cleaners in the market.

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