Removing Pet Stains
of Removing Pet Stains
Pets may be a lot of fun to keep, but taking care of
them is quite a task. Pet care however does not just include feeding them,
cleaning them, or keeping them well. You also have to pick up after them.
Pet stains are a fact of life if you share your home with animals.
Pet stains include food, urine, stool, vomit as well as
mud. Like babies, pets can end up making your clothes look quite messy.
Removing pet stains is not terribly difficult, perhaps because they are so
First of all, having read the garment care instructions, you should scrape
off as much of the stain as possible with a blunt knife. Most pet stains are
protein-based. On the whole, protein stains are removed easily by immersing
them in cold water and rubbing the stain before washing. Do not use hot
water to remove pet stains. Hot water will cook the particles of protein
present in the stain, and the stain will then bind itself more tightly to
the cloth. Removing pet stains from such a fabric will then become doubly
For removing pet stains
that are older, allow the stains to soak for 2 or 3 hours
For best results, soak the stained cloth in cold water
with detergent for half an hour. For removing pet stains that are older,
allow the stains to soak for 2 or 3 hours.
This should then be laundered in water that is warm, but not hot. In case of
a residual stain, the same process could be repeated. But this time soak for
no more than 30 minutes.
Do not put a stained garment into the dryer because the heat generated in
the dryer only helps to further set the stain in the fabric.
Any remaining stain should be washed with chlorine bleach but only if the
fabric is bleach-safe. Also check the fabric for colorfastness before going
into any bleaching treatment.
However, do note that urine stains are not usually of the same composition.
They differ; hence different stains require different methods of removal.
But in doing this you would most likely have to go through a trial and error
process before figuring out the best method.
Mostly, urine is acidic in nature. Hence you could sponge the area with a
wash that contains sodium carbonate. Otherwise, you could use a solution of
ammonia (1 tsp ammonia in half a cup of warm water). This should be rinsed
thoroughly. However do not use this treatment for cat urine.
If the urine is alkaline, warm water and vinegar can be used. The cloth
should be rinsed very well after treatment.
If the stains are extremely tough, then you could sponge them with some
diluted hydrogen peroxide, and then rinse well with warm water.
Be aware that the older the stain the greater the likelihood of it damaging
the color of the fabric, and this damage is usually irrevocable.
For vomit, you could sponge the stain with a warm water solution of ammonia.
The cloth could also be soaked in a sanitizer that contains sodium
However, don't let the fear of removing pet stains keep you from getting a
pet. Just bear in mind the basic rules for removing pet stains, and get home
your new dog, cat, or lizard.
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