Pet stains! How to clean'em...
We love our pets, but sometimes accidents happen. When your pet soils your carpet some quick action on your part can save you money, time and headaches if the right action is taken, read on.
When Fido or Fe-Fe spits-up on your rug or carpet, most of us are faced with an unpleasant mixture of solid food waste, saliva, stomach acids, and in Fe-Fe's case, those darn hairballs!. Trust me, we know! Immediately you'll need to remove solid food particles before the dyes found in many pet foods, combined with Fido's saliva, alters the chemistry of your rugs fibers, ultimately staining them a different color. Most dyes today used in the making of Oriental rugs are acid-fast, so the addition of white vinegar to your cleaning solution will help maintain the bond between the fibers of your rug and the dyes used to make them.
Make your own spot cleaning kit!
Now, most people don't plan on their pets having "an accident" or for some of us, an "on purpose" all over their beautiful rug, so it could be very beneficial to have a small Spot Cleaning Kit waiting to tackle Fe-Fe's pesky hairballs seconds after they hit the carpet! It's really easy today to find all kinds of products for cleaning pet stains,Toxic and non toxic. Since we do love our pets and many consider them the child they never had, we want to use something that's not only safe but extremely effective, and believe it or not, you may already have it in your home!
What is it? Read on... Your cleaning kit should contain the following items: large spoon, clean dry cloths,(paper towels are fine), Plain white vinegar (not that fancy stuff you put on your salad), Mild liquid dish detergent (preferably with no dye/coloration), A cleaning bucket or bowl. So far, so good, right?
Preparing your cleaning solution (very simple!)
2 cups medium warm water
¼ cup white vinegar
½ teaspoon mild liquid dish-washing soap
Mixing up smaller quantities of the spot cleaning solution as measured out above, allows you to change it as the solution becomes cloudy during cleaning.
How to use it!
(1) Use a spoon to scrape up all the solids. Work from the outer edge towards the center to minimize the possibility of spreading the stain. If you are spot cleaning a hand knotted rug, be aware of, and work in the direction of the nap so you do not press the solids further down into the carpet.
(2) Blot, (don't rub or brush), the area dry removing as much moisture as possible. Once you've finished blotting as much of the moisture possible, then and only then begin to sponge the area with your ready made cleaning solution. Work from the outer edges of the stain towards the center to avoid creating ring effects. Do not over saturate your rug with your cleaning solution. You can always go back and repeat the cleaning process, but too much water and soap can cause another issue, damage!(3) Blot your rug with a dry cloth using pressure to lift out as much of the cleaning solution as possible. You may need to repeat this process, alternating between clean, damp and dry cloths until you have successfully removed all of the stain.
(4) Do not vacuum your rug until it is completely dry. Vacuuming your rug or carpet wet, may cause damage to the fibers and electrical shock to you. Instead, gently brush the nap in its natural direction and allow it to dry completely before vacuuming.