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Caitlin UltimoPet Parenting / Pet Supplies

Erasing the Oops! Tips for Cleaning up Pet Messes

Are you still potty training your pup or kitten? Or perhaps you have a nervous, sick or senior-aged dog or cat who has an accident in the house every now and then? Pet messes, in any form, can be difficult to erase entirely, especially if the mess has had to time to set into your carpet, couch or favorite blanket. Here, get some tried and true suggestions for cleaning up pet stains and the unpleasant odors that they tend to leave behind.

Pet Mess Clean-up Step 1:

To treat pet urine accidents on carpets, rugs, bedding and upholstery, first soak up as much of it as possible with paper towels and newspaper. And, once you do soak everything up, put the wet paper in the place where you would prefer for your pet to pee—like in the kitty’s litter box or in the part of the yard where you would prefer for your dog to relieve himself.)

Pet Mess Clean-up Step 2:

Next, sprinkle the damp area liberally with baking soda, rub it into the cloth surface with a brush and let it sit for six to 10 hours or overnight. Once it’s dry, vacuum the area.

Pet Mess Clean-up Step 3:

Though some resources recommend washing soiled linens with one-fourth of a cup of apple cider vinegar, the Humane Society advises against using vinegar, which does not fully neutralize urine odor for sensitive pet noses. Instead, wash the area with fresh water after the baking soda treatment, then blot dry or use a wet vac to remove the water.

Pet Mess Clean-up Step 4:

Finally, use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer once the area has been cleaned and dried and be sure to read and follow the cleaner’s directions for use, including testing the cleaner on a small, hidden portion of fabric first to be sure it doesn’t leave behind a stain. If you are looking for an effective cleaning product, Chewy.com offers a wide variety of pet stain and odor removers.

Don’t let a pet mess get you down—remember, accidents happen! Instead, simply prepare yourself with the right techniques and keep the necessary cleaning supplies on hand, so that a pet stain and its smell won’t stick around for good.

Posted By Chewy Editorial