Our technicians at Mark’s Cleaning have noticed a couple of mistakes people often make when cleaning spots on their carpet. The first is the tendency to put way too much cleaning solution on the spot, which saturates it and can even get the padding wet. This often spreads the spot, which causes problems in the future. The second is that people often scrub way too long and way too hard, causing the fibers in the carpet to fray. Remember: If you’re cleaning a spot, put some solution on a white towel and blot. Never scrub or rub.
What about the best method for removing pet urine and odor? The most important thing is to address it right away. Urine can penetrate into the carpet, the padding, and even the subfloor. Over time it dries and becomes sticky and smelly. DO NOT use powdered carpet deodorizers on these areas. These solutions tend to gum up and create a residue that is very difficult to remove. Once again, our technicians have found that blotting the area quickly with a white towel is usually the best remedy.
Sometimes if two products work well there is a tendency to mix them if the stain is especially troublesome. It is important to never mix ammonia and bleach. Both are effective on their own, but together they can become deadly. There are other products that, when mixed together, create toxic fumes that could harm you or your family. Always carefully follow the instructions as directed on your product of choice.