Pet and Messes
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 meets 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.
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We can help! Here are the steps to take when you are met with a solid mess on your carpet:
Clean up the mess as soon as you see it. Stains that have dried and set are harder to clean than fresh stains.
Scoop and clean up any solid waste using a plastic plate or something similar.
Gently blot up any remains with a white towel or paper towel, without stepping on the stain.
Spray the mess and surrounding area with a spray cleaner. For this step, it's important to select the right cleaner. Enzyme action cleaners, like Pet Urine Stain and Odor, work best for organic stains like urine and feces. Oxygen action cleaners, like Oxy Deep® Pro, will work better for colored stains like vomit or blood.
Enzyme cleaners should be sprayed onto the stain and the surrounding area, enough to saturate the carpet. If this is a fresh stain, wait 5 minutes then blot with a color-safe cloth. Let it air dry. If this is an older stain, cover the sprayed stain with a damp cloth so that the area stays moist for 24 hours. This keeps the enzymes active and fighting the stain.
Oxy cleaners should also be sprayed onto the stain and the surrounding area, saturating the carpet. If the stain is still visible after 1 minute, re-apply.
To get a deep down clean, you may need to deep clean the carpet. Rent a BISSELL Big Green® carpet cleaner for faster cleaning and drying. Big Green cleans in both the forward and backward passes so you can clean in less time and your carpet will dry faster than the leading rental. Rotating DirtLifter® brushes penetrate carpet fibers to loosen and lift deep down dirt.
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