How to Remove Pet Stains


Follow these steps to remove pet stains.
Follow these steps to remove pet stains.
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­A pet is like a member of the family -- one that occasionally has accidents indoors. Follow these tips to remove pet stains.

The first step in removing pet stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become pet-stained, with steps on how to remove pet stains from each:

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Synthetic Fabrics

Follow these steps to remove pet stains from Acrylic Fabric, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester:

  • Quickly and gently scrape (the method of using a dull tool to gently lift off excess solid or caked-on stains) to remove the solids.
  • Be careful not to force any stain into the fiber.
  • Sponge (the method of using a dampened pad to apply light strokes, moving outward from the center of the stain) the stain with a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1 teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 tablespoon ammonia.
  • Tamp (the method of bringing a brush down with light strokes on stained durable fabrics and materials) or scrape to help loosen the stain and blot occasionally with an absorbent pad.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water to remove all traces of ammonia.

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Porous Surfaces

Follow these steps to remove pet stains from Asphalt, Cork, Linoleum, Vinyl Tile:

  • Gently scrape up the solids as soon as possible.
  • Wash the area with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

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Stone Surfaces

Follow these steps to remove pet stains from Bluestone, Brick, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite, Limestone, Masonry Tile, Sandstone, Slate, Terrazzo:

  • Scrape to remove the solids, then wash the area with a cloth dipped in a solution of washing soda or detergent (not soap) and water.
  • Rinse well with clear water and allow to dry.

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Carpet

Follow these steps to remove pet stains from carpet:

  • After removing solids, apply cleaners such as Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover, Stain-X Carpet Stain Remover, or Up & Out (do not use Up & Out on wool). Be sure to follow the label directions for special instructions and any precautions.
  • An alternate method is to scrape to remove the solids, being careful not to push stain into pile.
  • Sponge the area with a solution of 1 teaspoon mild non-alkali detergent and 1 pint lukewarm water.
  • Blot the stain with an absorbent pad.
  • Continue the sponging and blotting until no more stain is removed.
  • If any stain persists, sponge the area with a solution of 1 tablespoon ammonia to 1 cup warm water. (Do not use ammonia on wool carpet.)
  • Blot excess liquid, and continue treatment until no more stain is removed.
  • Place an absorbent pad over the damp area and weight it down.
  • When no more liquid is absorbed, remove the pad and allow area to thoroughly air dry.

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Wood

Follow these steps to remove pet stains from wood:

  • Gently scrape to remove the solids.
  • Wipe the area with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear cool water and wipe dry.
  • Wax or polish as usual.

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