Every pet has a secret. They may look adorable and cuddly on the outside, but beneath that cute veneer of innocence lies a rebel. Do they love eating trash instead of their own food? Or maybe they have a history of indoor urination? Yes, that cute-but-guilty face gives it all away.
If your pet has a history of clandestine misbehavior, don’t call Cesar the Dog Whisperer just yet! Animal mischief is easy to clean up if you’re prepared. Here are easy ways to cover up three common pet crimes:
If your pet has a weakness for trash, he or she probably has a bit of a puking problem, too. First things first, remove as much of the “spill” as you can from the surface (and maybe open a window or two). If the upchuck has occurred on your carpet, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of water. Use a sponge to dab the solution on the stain, then blot up the area with an old rag to absorb any moisture.
After the stain has been lifted, baking soda is your new best friend! This eco-friendly cleaning agent is a natural deodorizer and will help rid your carpet of that pukey smell. Sprinkle some baking soda on the vomit stain and let it sit for several hours, and then vacuum it up.
If the urine stain is fresh, soak up as much of the urine as possible with paper towels. Mix together ¼ teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid with one cup of water. Then soak a rag in the solution and use it to blot the soiled area. Warning: If you rub, you’ll ingrain the smell into the fibers of the carpet!
Once you’ve blotted thoroughly, grab a clean towel and dampen it with warm water. Now blot the soiled area with the clean towel. Alternate between the two steps until the stain is completely gone! If there’s a lingering odor, neutralize the area with baking soda by sprinkling it liberally over the “dirty” spot and letting it sit overnight. Vacuum it up in the morning!
If you’re sitting right there when the wine glass falls, take action fast! Pour club soda on the wine to dilute the stain. Then, blot the fabric, moving from the outside of the stain in (to prevent it from spreading). Don’t rub! Next, rinse the club soda with water and blot up the stain. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the area and then vacuum it up.
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