How to save your carpet from pet accidents--fast!

When your pet makes a liquid accident on the carpet, you have to move fast. Pet urine (dog or cat) can damage fibers and change the color of the carpet. Permanent damage may take time to deveop, but it can also happen in minutes, so don't delay. No need to make a time-wasting trip to the store for special cleansers. Use what is immediately available in your kitchen.

  • Number 1: Blot the spot right away with plain white paper towels. Press hard to soak up as much liquid as possible. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of dishwasing liquid to a cup of lukewarm water. (Don't use the detergent that you use in your dishwasher or any that contains bleach or lanolin).
  • Number 2; Apply the soapy water with a paper towel. Wet the area well. Then blot the carpet dry with paper towels to soak up the water. Repeat at least once or twice. Lightly wet the carpet with warm water & dry it again. You might have to repeat this step to thoroughly rinse out the detergent.
  • Number 3: Repeat the we and blot process once more--this time use one part white vinegar mixed with two parts of water. Cover the damp area with about 20 layers of paper towels and a heavy stack of books. Change the towels again and again until they no longer absorb moisture.