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Video:How to Clean Pet Stains and Remove Pet Odors

with JJ Burkart

Learn how to remove pet stains and odors quickly and easily so you no longer have to worry about occasional accidents.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean Pet Stains and Remove Pet Odors

Hi, I'm JJ Burkart for About.com Home. I'm going to show you how to clean up various pet stains.

Items Needed for Pet Stain Removal

These are the items you are going to need:
  • some clean old towels
  • paper towels
  • clean water
  • white vinegar
  • spray bottle
  • a brush
  • detergent
  • a cleaner that has enzymes, bacteria or chemicals designed to eat up odor-causing bacteria

Pet Urine Stains and Odors

First let's clean up a urine stain. You want to clean a urine mess as soon as possible. Urine will chemically bond with the fabric after it has dried making it difficult to clean. Also, never use ammonia-based products for this purpose. The ammonia will stimulate the smell of the urine causing dogs and cats to want to urinate in that area again.

The first thing to do is to blot up as much of the mess as possible with an old towel. Then use paper towels to blot until the urine is all gone. Spray the area with a mild mixture of white vinegar and clean water. Blot the area with a clean towel until it is dry.

Persistent Pet Stains and Smells

If the urine smell persists, use a cleaner with enzymes, bacteria or chemicals to eat up the odor- causing bacteria. Ask at your local pet store for the one that best fits your needs. Follow the instructions on the bottle.

Solid Pet Stains and Messes

For solid messes, use paper towels to pick up the solid chunks. Use the brush and a mild detergent and water mixture. Lightly brush the area until is it clean. Use a towel and blot the area until it is dry. The vinegar and water solution can be used to remove any odor. Diarrhea and vomit will be a little tricky. Pick up as much of the solid chunks as possible. Use paper towel to blot as much of the liquid as possible. Use the brush and mild detergent and water mixture to clean. Then use the odor-removing cleaner instead of the vinegar and water mixture because vomit and diarrhea will have bacteria in it.

Dealing With Pets After Stains

Remember that these are just accidents. Never abuse a pet for making a mess. Cats should always use a litter box. If they do not, it might be a medical problem or an emotional or stress-related problem. Take time to discover the cause. Dogs can take from a few weeks to several months to be housebroken. Remember to watch your dog for signs that he or she needs to go outside. Pet ownership requires a lot of patience and love.

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