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Removing Pet Stains

Act quickly. Clean the area as soon as possible to prevent it from soaking through to the backing and to avoid any permanent bleaching.

To eliminate pet urine use Rug Doctor Stain Remover. For pet odours use Rug Doctor Odour Remover.

Cats and dogs make wonderful companions and are very trainable. However, they sometimes develop habits that can damage your carpeting. With this simple cleaning tip you can remove the sources of existing cat urine stains and odours and, by removing the source, you can discourage future marking.

When a cat or other pet urinates on carpeting or furniture upholstery there is both a stain and odour problem to eliminate. Pet urine stains can have a permanent bleaching effect on some types of carpet depending on how they are dyed. Disperse dyed Polyester, solution dyed Olefin or solution dyed Nylon generally do not bleach with pet urine. Pet urine is more likely to have a bleaching effect on Nylon carpets coloured with acid dyes. Bleaching may actually not become apparent until the carpet is cleaned at which point the carpet dyes previously released by the pet urine are removed and suddenly a light spot appears. This is generally more visible in darker carpets. So, to avoid bleaching, address the problem as soon as possible.

Once you identify the problem area, apply Rug Doctor Stain Remover to penetrate into the carpet. Its active formulation seeks out the source of the stain to eliminate it. Following the instructions on the reverse of the label treat the stain accordingly. Then apply Rug Doctor Odour Remover to the same area. Generally the stain and odour will be resolved after one treatment. If for some reason they are not, reapply using the same steps. It is important to be thorough in cleaning cat urine spots because the dissolved crystals may release the strong scent of feline pheromones (glandular secretions contained in the urine to mark the cat's territory). Partial cleaning can actually make the odour seem worse as the stain may wick up from the backing and re-crystallise on the carpet fibre tips. Look for urine stains on adjacent walls or furniture and be sure to clean these areas as well.

Although pet accidents are never pleasant, they are a lot more manageable with this simple cleaning tip.