It's inevitable; even the best pet makes a mess sometimes. If your cat keeps missing the litter box, you don't have to live with the pungent reminders. Pet accidents on carpet and upholstery can be removed, especially if you attack them while they're still fresh.
The tips and techniques below can help you remove carpet pet stains.
Start by soaking up the excess urine with a rag or paper towels.
Blot on a solution of one-quarter teaspoon mild liquid laundry detergent and one cup of warm water. Repeat until there is no more stain transferring to your towel or rag. Next, blot with a solution of two tablespoons ammonia and one cup water. Rinse with warm water. Repeat and blot dry.
Then blot the area with a solution of one cup of white vinegar and two of cups water. Rinse again. Finally, cover the area with several layers of paper towels weighed down with a heavy object. Continue changing the paper towels until the carpet is dry.
No one said carpet stain removal would be pleasant, right? But if it can get rid of the smelly, unsightly problem, it might just be worth it. And save you the expense of hiring a carpet cleaner. So here's how to remove stains on the carpet from the party pooper:
Wearing gloves, gently scoop up excess with a spoon or spatula. Deposit into a bag you can immediately take outside. Blot with the ammonia solution above. Allow to soak in for several minutes. Blot and repeat until the stain is removed. Rinse with cold water. Blot dry.
To remove lingering carpet odors, sprinkle baking soda on the spot. Let it sit overnight, then vacuum. If you can't remove either stain, however, consider recovering the furniture item or replacing the carpet. This might also be a great time to consider the benefits of a good dog trainer.