The best carpet cleaner for pet stains depends on your preferred carpet cleaning method. Even the most well-behaved pets have their moments, and it’s important to be prepared. Pet spots contain harmful bacteria and other germs you don’t want in your home, which is why it’s always a smart idea to treat these spots carefully.

There are a few different ways to treat pet spots: you can choose a DIY method, purchase a carpet cleaner yourself, or hire a company to treat it. There are benefits to each, and oftentimes it’s beneficial to try to treat it yourself before calling the professionals. But it’s also important to ensure pet spots are treated fully so they don’t return!

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DIY Carpet Cleaners for Pet Stains

The best DIY carpet cleaner for pet stains and spots is a simple combination of baking soda and vinegar. Known as a versatile solution for all types of cleaning, baking soda and vinegar can help remove pet spots and treat the accompanying smell.

There are also DIY solutions for odor removal, which is particularly important if you have cats.

Using Baking Soda and Vinegar to Remove Pet Spots

This DIY solution will help keep your carpets looking fresh and clean for years to come.

  1. Mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Apply liberally to an area about twice the size of the spot.
  2. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over the solution. You’ll hear the mixture begin to work into the carpet.
  3. Blot excess moisture with a terrycloth or other absorbent cloth. Leave to dry for one to two days. To minimize kids and pets tracking baking soda throughout your home, cover with a bowl or plate.
  4. Once fully dry, sweep up the excess and vacuum the area thoroughly.

Note: Always add the baking soda after the vinegar/water solution. You want the mixture to bubble, but if it’s in the reverse order it will quickly get messy and won’t be very effective!

This DIY method works on many old and new pet spots. You’ll even be able to see the baking soda turn yellow, showing just how effective it is. These are two very affordable ingredients, making it an easy and accessible solution to keep in your home.

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Store-Bought Carpet Cleaners for Pet Stains

There are times when a DIY method may not be enough to clean pet spots in your home, but you’re not quite ready to hire a professional service. These carpet cleaners can help you keep your home clean and fresh while enjoying your furry family members.

Enzyme Cleaners and Deodorizers.  We have many clients who have used these products with varying degrees of success. Some love it, others do not. We have tried a Nature’s Miracle in my home and were not happy with the results.

Hydrogen Peroxide and -Oxy Cleaners. Oxygen Bleach is a combination of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and natural soda crystals. Hydrogen Peroxide is a weak acid. A 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide has a Ph of about 5.8. Municipal water in Nashville has a Ph of about 8, slightly alkaline. Use either one of these with care.

Chlorine Bleach.  Do not use chlorine bleach for cleaning carpets, rugs, or upholstery. Chlorine bleach has a Ph of 11-13, very strong.

Home Carpet Cleaners.  Several manufacturers make consumer carpet cleaning devices, among them Bissell, Hoover, and Rug Doctor. All use hot water and all use detergent to clean. The issue with traditional carpet cleaning machines is that none can remove all the detergent residue. This soapy residue is sticky and attracts dirt. Some CitruSolution clients use these machines, but they are still our clients.

When to Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains

Depending on the type of stain and carpet in your home, you may want to hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Not only will a trained team remove pet spots for you, but there are also more environmentally safe options available today than in the past.

Traditional Steam Cleaning to Remove Pet Stains

The traditional method for many families is steam cleaning, and this method can help remove some types of pet spots. However, there is shampoo left in the carpet after cleaning, and the excess water can take 24-48 hours to dry. This increases the chance for mold, which can affect those with weakened immune systems. Costs are typically significantly higher when cleaning for pet stains.

Non-Toxic Carpet Cleaning to Remove Pet Stains

It’s possible to minimize the effect pet spots have on your home’s carpet!  Because pet urine is slightly acidic, it’s important to neutralize it fully. At CitruSolution, we use a powerful non-toxic carpet cleaning solution that harnesses the power of citrus for a beautifully clean home. If pet odor is also a problem, we offer Thornell’s Odorcide, a non-toxic water-based deodorizer.

The natural deodorizers in our carpet cleaner effectively neutralizes many household odors. Limited water means your carpets dry within one to two hours, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Why does CitruSolution work so well? Our unique blend includes d-Limonene, which neutralizes the residue and removes the acidity from the pet spot. This means spots won’t return! CitruSolution can clean your Oriental and area rugs safely on the floor.

Pet spots are more than a carpet eyesore. It’s important to remove the bacteria and acidity so your family stays healthy and your carpets remain in great condition for years to come. DIY methods that include baking soda and vinegar can help remove pet spots, and are toxin-free. Store-bought solutions can also help remove pet spots, though not all are created equal. (And depending on how sensitive your family is, you may not want to use those with harmful ingredients.)

Professional carpet cleaning may cost more, but our Exact-imate pricing removes hidden fees and our skilled teams use our non-toxic carpet cleaning process to remove the pet spots throughout your home. If you’re looking for a way to remove pet spots for good in your Nashville, Franklin, or Brentwood home, give us a call today at 615-333-8977.