Pet Stains and Furniture

Pet Stains and Furniture

Pet Stains and Furniture

Our pets are part of the family. We bring them into our homes, and give them treats, and sometimes we even let them on the furniture – oops! Of course it seems harmless. I mean it’s only every now and then, right? As cute as it may be to watch that fur ball curl up next to you, pet hair and dander takes its toll on your upholstered furniture. You may not notice right away, but eventually your couch is going to start smelling a little less like a couch and a little more like your furry friend.

Pet Odors

Couches get dirty enough without introducing your pet to is, so if you are the type that cares about keeping a clean home, you’ll need to take a few steps to keep your furniture in tip top shape. Vacuuming is essential. You need to make a regular point of running over your furniture to suck out and extract all the dander and dust that gets transferred between the fibers. Don’t underestimate the power of proper maintenance. There’s no better way to remove dirt and germs from your couch than a vacuum with an upholstery attachment. Don’t let your furniture investment be ruined by pet hair. If the odors are too strong for even a vacuum to help, you may need to sprinkle baking soda and allow it to sit for a few hours. This will help extract whatever is causing the pet odors to stick to your furniture.

Pet Stains

Pet stains are possibly the toughest type of stain to remove from your furniture. The hardest stains to clean are the one that penetrate down into the filling material under the upholstery. It almost acts like a giant sponge. A pet owner’s only hope is to blot the stain with a paper towel or clean white cloth and hope to extract most of it before it dries. The more fresh urine you can remove before it dries, the easier it will be to get rid of the odor. Don’t use cleaning solutions as they could push the stain further into the upholstery. It might be tough to say no to your pet, but at the end of the day, accidents do happen. If you find that you can’t remove it yourself, most good carpet cleaners restore upholstery as well.

Rush Immediately to soak up stains

If you can soak up most of the urine before it dries, the whole process is going to be a lot easier.

Here are some steps you want to take:

1.       You can begin by using a paper towel or clothe to lie over the spot and absorb as much liquid as possible. You usually want to use a towel that is closely colored to your upholstery.

2.       Replace the first towel with a fresh one, and lightly press down to remove the liquid that has penetrated the upholstery.

3.       Place one final fresh towel over the stain and apply pressure with your weight by pressing hard on the towel. I would recommend using a plastic bag or gloves for this though!

4.       Once you remove the final paper towel, try to flush the area with room temperature water. You want the water to actually penetrate through the fibers and dilute the pet urine.

5.       Now, use a dry towel to blot the stain and remove the liquid completely. If you own a vacuum with the capability to pick up water that would be a great tool to use.


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