Simple tips to remove stains and odor from your carpets
Cleaning carpet stains can be a tedious process, especially when you are dealing with pet stains and odor. You can use cleaning products and industrial strength carpet cleaners available in the market, but most of the products will be chemical based and can contain toxins to remove stubborn stains which you pets might accidentally ingest. Chemical based products can be a tad bit expensive, and it is not advisable to get your carpet fumigated over and over for the process is pricey and the carpet will lose its original sheen.
To avoid this, there are a number of simple products you can use to make your very own do-it-yourself carpet cleaning liquids and solutions to get rid of those odors and urine, feces, or vomit stains. The ingredients needed for making these easy concoctions are very cost effective and safe to use, mostly being items that can be found at home.
Using just baking soda, vinegar, water, and a couple of paper towels; you can easily remove any and all stains without worrying about your pets being exposed to harmful chemicals. The three-step process to using this mixture is explained as follows:
Step 1: A lot of people make the common mistake of rubbing any area which is stained, since this only spreads the stain more rather than cleaning it. Blotting the affected area with a paper towel to soak up any urine or residue left from vomit or feces is the first step. Use multiple sheets to dry up the stain completely before moving on to the second step.
Step 2: Mix equal parts vinegar and water, then pour it on the stain to let it soak. The purpose of this is to ensure that affected areas stays moist after the first cleanse so that step one can be repeated a couple of more times to ensure all the residue is removed. Vinegar has properties which neutralizes the ammonia in urine and thus takes care of the smell.
Step 3: If any stain is still persistent, the use of baking soda is advised. A solution of vinegar and baking soda is stronger than vinegar with water. Apply this mixture to the stain, which will result in a chemical reaction when the mixture starts to fizz and works its magic. Let it dry for a couple of days and your carpet will be good as new after.