How to Remove Pet Stains and Odors from Upholstery
Pet stains and odors on furniture are unpleasant to smell, but usually not difficult to remove. Depending on the type of fabric or leather covering your furniture. There are several different methods you can use to clean dried pet urine stains and odors from Upholstery.
Removing Fresh Pet Stains
If the urine has just dried, you can typically remove it very easily by dampening a cloth with warm water and wiping the spot away. Start by blotting up as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels; if you don’t have any handy, use plain toilet paper. Press down firmly to be sure all of the moisture is removed from the surface of your couch or chair. Then pour some cold water over the area (make sure it’s cold) and dab at the stain with a clean cloth or sponge. You want to soak up as much of the moisture as you possibly can, because excess water only serves to make your cushions more likely to mildew.
You can also use white vinegar to remove pet stains from furniture. The acidity will help neutralize the ammonia in the urine that causes that awful odor. Pour some vinegar over the spot where your pet has left his mark, and then blot it up with paper towels or a clean cloth. Using plain water should do the trick too, but you should expect to have to repeat this step several times before you’re finally rid of all traces of your furry friend’s scent.
Removing Old Pet Stains and Odors
If the urine has already dried, or if you’re trying to remove a stain that’s been in place for a while, you’ll need something a little stronger. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist it over the stained area of your couch or chair. Use a brush to massage the solution into the cushion; this will give it time to break down any dried-in stains or odors. Make sure not to saturate your cushions too much, because excess moisture can cause mildew problems when left alone for long periods of time. Then let your upholstery dry completely before using your furniture again.
A popular household product that many pet owners use to clean up after their pets is called Natures Miracle. You can find it at pet stores or online. It comes in a variety of forms, from a spray bottle to a powder that you sprinkle on carpeting and rugs. Natures Miracle is an enzymatic cleaner, meaning that it’s designed to break down organic stains and odors so they’ll come out easier when you clean them up.
You can also use Borax as a general upholstery cleaning agent for pet stains and odors. In addition to being simple to procure, borax offers several advantages over vinegar or ammonia. For example, both of those substances have strong scents that some people find unpleasant; Borax does not have any odor at all. Borax is also highly alkaline, which means it will interact more effectively with the alkaline salts in your pet’s urine so you can remove it more easily.
Mix 5 parts water with 1 part borax, then dampen a cloth or sponge with this solution and wring it out well. Rub the fabric over the stained area of your couch (or wherever else your pet has relieved himself), then let it dry completely before using it again.
You may also want to try Meat Tenderizer, since this ingredient contains enzymes that break down proteins like those found in animal urine. Mix one tablespoon of meat tenderizer powder into two cups of warm water, stirring until the mixture is smooth; dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution and use it to blot at any stains on your furniture. Let everything dry thoroughly before you use your furniture again. Let’s face it, pets aren’t the only ones who might damage your favorite piece of upholstered furniture; kids with juice boxes and soda cans can be just as likely to wreak havoc, especially on a white couch or chair.
If all else fails and you need to remove pet stains and odors from carpets or rugs in your home, go ahead and call professional upholstery cleaning Brisbane service providers.