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Best TIPS on Removing Cat/Dog Urine (cheaply BUT effectively)

The first thing you will want to do is find yourself a good quality Ultra Violet Light. We recommend an easy to use UV flashlight, these are readily available online and my favorite thing is; no cumbersome cords to deal with.

Once you have obtained your UV light, turn off the lights and comb your home while marking each pet stain you find with a sticky note or something else such as blue painters tape, this way you can return to work on the spots one by one later. 

 Next thing is HOW to treat and sanitize these stains? Otherwise you’ll just see repeat offences in the very same spot if not eliminated correctly

Frustratingly for you, cats/dogs will continue to return to the “accident area” as long as they can smell their personal scent, even if you can’t smell a thing, they sure can. So, you must neutralize that odor, and failing to do so will render your re-training efforts useless. 

Cat/dog urine contains ammonia and proteins which bacteria will grow on. This is what causes the strong smell and the “attractive” scent to dogs/cats. Even if the stain has dried some time ago the smell will still linger but also serve to attract cats/dogs back. Following these tips will help you break this cycle and this little eco-system. It’s also worth noting that cleaning the area “thoroughly” using conventional methods like soap/detergent and water is usually not enough to remove traces of scent which although undetected by us, is certainly not by cats/dogs. This makes treating the stain to the point where you’re eliminating the traces of scent all the more critical. 

Remember, you can use these methods on BOTH wet and dry urine. Wet urine is fairly easy to spot, and remember that it won’t react to UV light. Dry urine on the other hand is almost invisible, and that’s where the UV flashlight comes into its own. In fact, it’s these dry stains that are usually the root cause to your particular problems. No matter how long they’ve been there for, a UV Light will show you each and every (dry) stain – new, old, or ancient.

 

 

#METHOD 1 

[NOTE: Always test on a small area and check to see if any discoloration occurs to your carpet, rug, furniture, etc. Bear in mind that sometimes cat/dog urine CAN in itself cause discoloration to certain materials, so check the stain and the surrounding areas before making the discoloration worse] 

Make up: 2 cups of white distilled vinegar, 2 cups of lukewarm water, 4 tablespoons of baking soda, and a spray bottle (optional)

(If stain is wet) Thoroughly blot up as much as possible. Fold up a rag or newspaper over it and place a heavy object on top. Stand on it if you have to. If the stain is dry leave this out

Mix 2 cups of white distilled vinegar with 2 cups of lukewarm water in a large bowl

Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda – it will fizz by the way!

Pour into a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the area. If you’re not using a spray bottle you can just pour over using the bowl

Let it sit for around 5-10 minutes, then gently rub and blot up with a soft cloth

FOR A DIRECT METHOD IF YOU’RE RUNNING OUT BAKING SODA:

After blotting any excess stain (wet), mix up the water and vinegar solution

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stained area

Pour the water and vinegar mix directly onto the baking soda. This will fizz and actively breakdown the stain

Blot and rub gently dry with a soft cloth after letting it sit for around 5-10 mins  

 

#METHOD 2 

[NOTE: Always test on a small area and check to see if any discoloration occurs to your carpet, rug, furniture, etc. Bear in mind that sometimes cat/dog urine CAN in itself cause discoloration to certain materials, so check the stain and the surrounding areas before making the discoloration worse] 

Get yourself: Paper towels or rags, cup of baking soda, half a cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, teaspoon of dish liquid, and a bowl

(This step is only if the stain is wet) Cover the stain with the paper towels or rags and place a heavy object on top. This so to absorb the excess liquid

Sprinkle a good handful of baking soda over the stain, or more as is necessary

Mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon of dish liquid

Slowly pour this mixture over the stain and the baking soda

You will want to work this mixture into the carpet fibers with a cloth or carpet brush,

allow a dwell time of around 10-15 minutes,

then vacuum the area thoroughly.

If the stain or odor persist you will want to repeat these steps. 

And there you have it! These methods actually work.  If you get a chance please leave a comment below

And let us know how this worked for you. Also if you have any other tips or tricks on removing pet urine stains and odors please share with everyone in the comment section below!

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Why do stains keep coming back in my carpet after I have them cleaned?

Why do stains keep coming back in my carpet after I have them cleaned?

Have you ever went through the frustration of having the same spot or stain return just within a short span of having your carpet cleaned? Maybe you spot cleaned it yourself or hired a professional carpet cleaning company, but the stain just keeps coming back. 
After cleaning a spot or stain from your carpet there are times where it will return just shortly after the carpet dries. This is most often a result of "wicking" which will be discussed below. At other times the spots and stains come back after the passing of a few weeks. This is most often referred to as "rapid resoiling". In either case, it can be very irritating to see spots and stains re-occur on a carpet that you just cleaned yourself or had professionally cleaned.  If this is your situation then, you are not the only one. Recurring spots and stains are very common and there really is a logical answer to why this happens.

The two primary causes of re-spotting are wicking and rapid resoiling.

The first one starts in the pad or backing of the carpet underneath the carpet fiber, while the other one starts in the fiber of the carpet themselves from soap residues that have been left behind.

1. Wicking

Stains that reemerge because of wicking start beneath the carpet itself. If you just recently cleaned a spot or had a professional out and the spot was removed but then came back after the carpet dried, the reason for this is - wicking. To give you an example of how wicking occurs suppose you spill a cup of coffee or perhaps you found a pet urine accident on your carpet by your family pet and immediately you grab your favorite cleaner and a rag and the spot comes right out. That seems to be the end of it right? Not necessarily. Often times what happens is that the liquid works its way past the carpet fiber, down to the backing of the carpet and often times even into the cushion itself. The Stain is now trapped under the carpet surface and can be very difficult to get out. When you clean the carpet fibers the stain that is trapped below will keep wicking its way back through the carpet over and over again.

Solutions for wicking

There are a few solutions you can follow to remove contaminates that has found its way into your carpet backing or pad.

1. Perform a heat transfer using a vinegar and water mixture, white terry-cloth towel, and common household cloths iron. Follow this link for instructions.

2. Soak the area with a cleaning agent and water, enough to get down into the carpet pad, then apply pressure with a white terry-cloth towel to absorb the liquid from underneath.

3. Pull the carpet back, remove the carpet pad, install new carpet pad and clean the backing of the carpet. 

If you feel the area is to large or is located in an area to difficult to replace the pad yourself, you may want to contact your local carpet care professional to complete the task. Often times they have the proper equipment, experience and cleaners to make the job easier and can achieve more effective results.

2. Rapid Re-soiling (Residue left behind)

Rapid resoiling is a result of using an over the counter carpet cleaning product or soapy detergent that has left a residue behind that is not easily rinsed out of the carpet. Not a lot of carpet cleaners that are sold at your local department stores have the purpose of taking the stain out and keeping it out. Most often these types of cleaners are not free rinsing and only add to the problem. The stain comes out easy enough but the residue caused by store bought carpet cleaners or detergents will attract dirt because of its sticky nature. 

If you had your carpet cleaned recently and seems they are getting dirty just within a few weeks there is a good possibility the carpet cleaner you picked used a detergent based carpet cleaner to clean with. It doesn't make since but carpet cleaning companies are under no regulations what so ever and can use any cleaning product of choice. Just like the store bought cleaner analogy, there are some carpet cleaning companies who's only concern is getting the carpet clean, not how long it will stay clean. 

Solution for Rapid Resoiling

1. When spot cleaning your carpet use a non-residual carpet cleaning spotter that is not detergent based as soon as the stain occurs. One such product you can purchase is Procyon Carpet Cleaner. There are others on the market to choose from, just be sure to do your research and remember a non-detergent cleaner is the way to go.

2. Have your carpet cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company that uses detergent free products. To get a good start on maintaining your carpet yourself consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to give your home a good once over. First make sure they use detergent free products. Second, make sure they have the proper kind of carpet cleaning equipment that will thoroughly rinse your carpet clean. 

 These are the two most common reasons for why a spot or stain will keep coming back after cleaning your carpet. Let us know about your experience by leaving a comment below. What type of stain did you have difficulty with and how did you resolve the problem?

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How to remove candle wax from carpet

How to Remove Wax From Carpet

Who doesn't enjoy a beautifully lit room full of candles setting the mood for a romantic evening or creating a relaxing atmosphere for a quite time of reflection and relaxation? Candles just seem to soothe the soul and stimulate the senses making us feel uplifted and joyful in spirit. 

Although candles can liven up our home and add pleasant scents to the air there are those rare unfortunate accidents of a candle left unattended or being accidentally knocked over and when it reaches the carpet it can be impossible to get out with out the correct know how on how to remove it. Well no more worries because once you see how to remove wax from the carpet you will be pleasantly surprised by just how easy it actually is. Just follow the steps below and you too will soon be a candle wax removing pro yourself!

1. Fill a ziplock bag full of ice and place on the area of wax to be removed.

2. After the wax has become frozen use a tool such as a screw driver or blunt instrument of choice and chip away as much wax from the carpet as possible being careful not to damage the carpet fibers.

3. Remove all the chipped pieces of wax from the area and vacuum the area thoroughly.

4. Next place a paper towel over the area and using a regular clothes iron with the setting on low (no steam) lightly iron over the paper towel in a circular motion. Usually just about 20 seconds at a time.

5. Lift the paper towel and move it to a fresh clean area and place over the wax and continue until all wax has been melted onto the paper towel and lifted from the carpet.

6. Lastly if needed use a general purpose carpet cleaning solution to clean the area. 

It's that simple, the best way to remove wax from carpet is by reheating it to its former liquid state and allowing the paper towel to absorb the material onto it leaving you with a carpet that is wax free and spot free just as though the accident never occurred.

See below video for demonstration 

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