Berber carpet is long-lasting and durable. Despite its resilience, it is important to remove pet stains from Berber carpet promptly. Not only do pet stains look unsightly, a foul odor often accompanies pet urine and pet feces stains. There is no need to go out and purchase a commercial product for removing pet stains from carpet. You likely have everything you need right at home.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towels
- White vinegar
- Empty spray bottle
- Baking soda
- ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tsp. bleach-free liquid dish soap
- Old toothbrush
- Vacuum cleaner
- Plastic spoon
- Laundry pretreatment spray
- 3 tsp. laundry detergent
- Scrub brush
Removing Pet Urine Stains
Remove as much of the urine stain as possible. Use a thick stack of paper towels and apply pressure while blotting urine-stained Berber carpet. Switch to a clean stack of paper towels often. Continue blotting until no more urine transfers from the carpet to the paper towels.
Pour equal parts white vinegar and water into an empty spray bottle. Saturate the entire stained area of the carpet with the solution.
Blot the carpet again with a stack of paper towels. Continue blotting until there is almost no moisture coming up from the carpet.
Sprinkle the affected area of the carpet with a generous coating of baking soda. Mix ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 tsp. bleach-free liquid dish soap into a bowl. Drizzle the soap and peroxide mixture over the baking soda.
Work the mixture into the carpet using an old toothbrush. Allow it to dry completely before vacuuming the carpet.
Removing Pet Feces Stains
Scoop up solid pieces of feces with a plastic spoon or paper towels. Take care not to rub or spread the feces further into the carpet.
Spray the area with a laundry pretreatment spray. Allow the spray to sit on the carpet for two to three minutes.
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon warm water. Add 3 tsp. laundry detergent to the water. Use your hands to combine the ingredients and make the mixture soapy.
Dip a sponge into the soapy water and wring it out. Blot the stained area of the carpet several times with the sponge and soapy water. Rinse out the sponge frequently while blotting.
Scrub the carpeting with an old toothbrush or scrub brush. Rinse out the brush in the bucket of soapy water while scrubbing. Continue scrubbing until the feces stain is gone. Blot the area with old rags to remove excess moisture.
Pour ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup warm water into an empty spray bottle. Saturate the stained area with the mixture. Allow it to soak into the carpeting for about five minutes.
Rinse the area with a rag and cold water. Blot with a clean rag to remove the moisture.
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the area. Let the baking soda sit on the carpet overnight before vacuuming it up the next day.
Tips & Warnings
- Always test the cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.
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