• Glen Hedstrom

How Do You Remove Old Pet Stains?

Updated: Sep 2


Pets are our constant companions, providing a lot of joy, entertainment… and messes. When you have animals living in the home, you can expect that there will be messes from time to time. Knowing how to get rid of fresh stains is a handy trick, but what do you do when you find an old, hidden stain that has already set in? Here are a few things to try before you call for professional carpet cleaning in Sioux Falls, SD.


DIY stain removal

You can try to remove old stains with a few common household ingredients. First, saturate your carpet with clean, fresh water. Gently blot the carpet with clean paper towels or white rags. Hopefully, there’s no solid mess there—but if there is, scrape it away with a blunt knife and dispose of it. Don’t scrub the stain or use hot water, as that may damage the carpet and will encourage the stain to spread or sink in deeper.


Next, sprinkle baking soda over the stain and leave it to sit for the rest of the day. (Keep your pets away from the baking soda so it doesn’t get tracked all over your home.) The baking soda will soak up foul odors and moisture as it sits over the stain.


After you let the baking soda sit for several hours, you can vacuum it up. Remove all of the baking soda—go over the carpet several times to ensure you got it all.


Next, assuming your carpet allows it, make a vinegar solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water. Spray it over the stain, wait a half hour and then blot it up as much as possible. Sprinkle more baking soda over the stain and let it sit for several hours.


Finally, vacuum up the baking soda. You might want to use the brush attachment, which will help you get all the baking soda, pet hair, dander and other unpleasantness in your carpet. At this point, the stain should be gone—if it isn’t, you’ll need professional assistance.


Calling in the pros

Sometimes DIY carpet cleaning just can’t get the job done. Animal urine is notoriously smelly, and can sink deep into the carpet and carpet pad. It’s harder for DIY solutions to penetrate the source of the odor, which means it will keep coming back until you replace the carpet.


Hiring professional carpet cleaners in Sioux Falls, SD is a much better proposition. Your carpet cleaners will use safe, non-toxic products to get down to the carpet pad, then remove all the moisture. This prevents mold and mildew from forming in or underneath your carpet. Not drying your carpet thoroughly can be an expensive, time-consuming mistake.

If your carpets are particularly damaged, your carpet cleaner might even replace the soiled pads with something new. You’ll love the way your carpet smells—or rather, the way it doesn’t smell anymore.


Eco Fresh Carpet Cleaning offers carpet cleaning solutions for Sioux Falls homes and businesses. Call us today to get started.

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