How To Remove Pet Stains
Often times, people dealing with pet stains overlook one major factor. Pets urinate by instinct. This is important to understand, because while an initial bathroom break in the house may be an accident, ongoing behavior is not.
Both cats and dogs are drawn to bathroom locations by instinct. With cats, this is most evident by litter boxes. It is not uncommon for cat litter to be manufactured with an ammonia scent. This odor draws them to the box. If you are a dog owner, chances are you've had to wait outside while your dog sniffs around trying to find that perfect spot. In the event there was an isolated incident in the house, if that spot is not cleaned and the odor 100% removed, your pet will continue to go in that spot until it is finally cleaned.
Understanding these animal behavior is extremely important in knowing how to deter pets from going in unwanted areas. Being aware of repeated incidents can help pet owners understand why properly cleaning pet stains can help prevent ongoing issues. The primary cause for what many people refer to accidents is scent. Scent draws animals to go to the bathroom in the same spot. To prevent the behavior, it is important that areas are thoroughly and properly cleaned to remove any scent that may draw your pet back to that spot.
There are many suggested remedies for cleaning pet stains. Unfortunately, many of them only worsen the situation. The biggest misconception is that pet stains can be cleaned using vinegar. Vinegar is listed as a common pet stain remover for many reasons. The fact that it is a natural product reassures pet owners they will not expose their pets to any dangerous chemicals. It is also an inexpensive product. Many pet owners have tried product after product to remove pet stains. Too many of them don't work. Because of this, it becomes pointless to spend money on yet another cleaner that will likely fail. Another reason people resort to vinegar is because it's likely in the house. When a stain happens, people want to treat it immediately. With so many homemade pet stain remover recipes calling for vinegar, it's easy to go right to the pantry and use it.
But vinegar is without question, the absolute worst thing pet owners can use for pet stains. Especially in carpet. While vinegar might be able to reduce visual surface stains, it can not kill odor that has seeped into the padding. In fact, vinegar can encourage pets to urinate in spots where it had been used to clean carpet stains.
Vinegar is an acid. It's acidic base has some of the same properties as urine. With pet's being drawn to urinate in an area based on scent, applying an acidic cleaner to the area will only enhance the smell. If you have been cleaning pet stains with vinegar and your pet keeps going in that spot, STOP. Your pet is going to keep going there until you have thoroughly cleaned the area of the odor.
Enzymes are another popular suggestion for removing pet stains. Enzymes are often sought after for their "natural" properties - despite the fact some enzymes contain the same elements found in fertilizer. Enzymes are feisty things. The synopsis as to how they were is fairly simple. When the enzymes come in contact with the stains, the stain will react in a matter that cause it to break down. If only it were that simple. For an enzyme to work, there needs to be a match between itself and the stain it is breaking down. If the factors are not 100% accurate, the enzyme will not interact with the stain. Contributing factors are temperature, moisture, age of the stain, age of the enzyme, and the pet's diet and health (this impacts the chemistry of the pet's urine). If these factors are not in sync, the stain will appear to be removed while the carpet is still damp. Once the carpet dries, the stains will reappear. It is very common to clean with an enzymatic cleaner only to have to stain or odor return within a few days. This is the result of the enzyme not being able to properly react to the stain.
Household cleaners are another incorrect way to clean pet stains. Baking soda can destroy vacuum cleaners from the fine particles that get trapped in the filter. They can also destroy carpet cleaning machines. When it becomes wet, it is almost paste like. This can cause it to clog in your machine and burn out the motor. Dish washing detergent and laundry soap are NOT designed for carpet. In fact, they can ruin carpet. Because soap attracts dirt, you may end up with phantom stains. These are stains that initially appear to go away, but then return from changes in humidity. This is from deposits of dirt the soap has collected over time in the carpet padding. Household cleaners with oxidizing chemicals can actually discolor your carpet. If after cleaning, your carpet appears orange or pink, this is the result of of an oxidizer. Now you don't just have a stain, but you also have discolored carpet.
To properly clean pet stains, and more importantly to stop a cat or dog from peeing in the same area, you MUST remove the odor from previous pet stains. Genesis 950 is the best way to do this.
Because Genesis 950 is a surfactant, it actually break down stain and odors. When used in a carpet cleaning machine, Genesis 950 has the power to get within the padding. This is crucial in removing pet odor from the carpet. As Genesis 950 breaks down and removes the stains, it does not leave behind any odors that will attract your pet to that spot. Unlike enzymes, you do not have to worry about the conditions being in place for the cleaner to become active.
Genesis 950 is the best pet stain remover for surface stains and pet odors. remove the urine odor from your carpet and prevent your pets from using your carpet as their toilet!