How to Clean Pet Messes

Posted on 4/5/2019
Categories: How to Clean Stains, Pets & Their Messes
Boy cuddling with dog on plush carpet
Pets can bring so much light into your family’s life. Knowing that a pet depends on you and loves your company is a quiet joy every day. Plus, the fun had during playtime always brings a smile. Pet parents tend to have lower blood pressure and have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t (according to this TIME article). It’s great to have a furry best friend who greets you at the door every night or who loves to cuddle anytime you sit on the couch.
All that tail-wagging and purring may come with some accidents and hairballs on the carpet. It’s not the most fun part of pet ownership and can be intimidating to clean. But, don’t worry we can show you how easy it is to clean disgusting carpet stains!

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How to Clean Pet Vomit from Carpet

  • Pick up and clean your pet’s vomit mess from carpet as soon as you see it. Stains that dry and set are harder to clean than fresh stains.
  • Scoop and clean up any solid waste using a paper plate or something similar.
  • Gently blot up any remains with a white towel or paper towel, without pressing on the stain.
  • Spray the mess and surrounding area with a spray cleaner. For this step, it's important to select the right cleaner. Oxygen action cleaners, like Oxy Deep® Pro, will work better for colored stains like vomit or blood. Saturate the carpet when you spray the stain. If it is still visible after a few minutes, re-apply.
  • To get a deep carpet clean, you should rent a  BISSELL Big Green® carpet cleaner. The Big Green cleans on both the forward and backward passes so you can clean in less time. The Rotating DirtLifter® brushes penetrate carpet fibers to loosen and lift deep down stains. Check out our additional instructions on how to clean carpet here.

How to Remove Urine Stains

  • Clean up the mess as soon as you see it. Urine stains that have dried and set are harder to clean than fresh urine stains.
  • If there is still moisture, gently blot with a white towel or paper towel, without pressing on the stain.
  • Spray the urine stain and surrounding area with a spray cleaner. Enzyme action cleaners, like Pet Urine Stain and Odor, work best for organic stains like urine and feces. Enzyme cleaners should be sprayed onto the stain and the surrounding area, enough to saturate the carpet. If the stain is fresh, wait 5 minutes then blot with a color-safe cloth before letting it air dry. If the stain is older or dry, cover the sprayed mess with a damp cloth so that the area stays moist for 24 hours. This keeps the enzymes active and fighting the stain.
  • To get a deep carpet clean, you should rent a BISSELL Big Green® carpet cleaner. Using a carpet cleaning machine rental will help fully remove urine stains from your carpet.

Where to Find a Carpet Cleaner Rental Near Me

Next time you think that your carpet needs to be cleaned, look for a store near you that carries BISSELL Rental. Just go to our Location Search Tool and type in your zip code (or postal code if you are in Canada). You can choose a 10-, 25-, 50- or 100-mile radius to find stores in your area.
We hope this article helped you learn more about how to clean carpet stains. If you still have questions, we have many other articles to help give you answers. Or, contact us today!  

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