Remove Pet Hair and Pet Stains | Martha Stewart

Enzymes - Enzymes are hailed for their natural ability to break down stains. Enzymes are everywhere. The human body has them as well. The most notable are enzymes in the digestive system. These enzymes break down food to help the digestive process. Enzymes in the stomach react to food being ingested. While they can break down food, they don't break down the stomach lining. Enzymes perform specific tasks based on their function. This is important to understand. Enzymes will only work properly if they are in the right environment to perform. This holds true with pet stains. Enzymatic cleaners might be able to clean partial portions of pet stains, but they can not completely remove them because of variations in the environment. The diet of the pet, room temperature, previously exposed chemicals on the area being cleaning, expiration date of the enzyme and so on impact an enzyme's ability to function. Nor do enzymes contain the ability to remove the odor. They do not kill the bacteria that causes the odor. In fact, many people will notice odors returning after a few days. Sometimes, worse than it had previously been.

So let’s start with some basic tips for how to remove pet stains from carpet….

We have multiple pets and often adoptees so we have had our share of accidents.

While I love animals I do not tolerate accidents in the house!

Over the years I've found a few simple tricks to both clean and eliminate their desire to repeat offenses.

One of the biggest attractions for dogs and cats is smell .... so the key to keeping your house clean is to elimate the odors - ALL ODOR - even though you can't smell it, they can.

So we follow a few simple steps.

First, soak up (or pick up) as much of the accident as possible - this is important.

If it's wet, it may and probably has soaked into the carpet pad below - it must be cleaned as well!

So place a towel or bundles of paper towels over the stain and stand with all your weight on one foot for several seconds and keep repeating until no moisture is found on the rag.

Second, liberally spray over the stain (it needs to soak through the carpet and into the pad).

We use a hand held spray bottle - the vet uses the garden sprayer - either will do.

Let stand a few minutes and follow the same steps as above until all moisture is removed again - repeat until towels are completely free of any color.

Third, then liberally spray with (again with enough to reach the pad below) - let this sit for several minutes, 30 minutes or more is best.

The alcohol will evaporate some and kill all remaining germs as well as the odor that comes with then.

Fourth and final step, to be used as needed. For cat stains (and very strong dog odors) Consan Triple Action 20 will completely eleminate any odor.

Mix a spray bottle with 1 part Consan, 15 parts water and spray generously.

This works on carpets, front porches, cars, or any place a cat may have left his delightful (or not so delightful) scent.

I learned the trick from a local vet. Their offices always smelled fresh and never doggy - the key - Consan Triple Action 20 to floors and surfaces each night!

This can be found in the garden center - it's a fungicide!Thanks so much for these great tips Diana.

I would just suggest a bit of caution to anyone who is doing the last step, with the Consan Triple Action 20 on carpet -- I looked into it and it says it can be used on hard surfaces. Therefore, if you choose to use it on carpet it may have unintended consequences, such as harming your carpet fibers.

Before using it on carpet I would suggest testing it first in an inconspicuous area to make sure it will not harm your carpet!

Pet stains and odors often go hand in hand. I would love to hear from more people who have tips for dealing with these odors in their carpet. You can or read others that have already been submitted.

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