Having a pet is one of life’s greatest joys. Your pet is there to cuddle with, they provide companionship for walks or hanging around the house, they help you clean your dishes – but sometimes pets can get messy: they track in mud and dirt, they shed, and in worse case scenarios, they will urinate on the carpet.

A well-trained dog or cat will let you know when they need to go outside or will use the litter box; but whether your pet isn’t trained yet or is getting older and can’t make it to the litter box, accidents are inevitable. Whatever type of mess it is, it’s incredibly important to clean up the mess as quickly as possible to avoid stains and lingering smells. If you live in an apartment and your pet uses the carpet as a bathroom, it’s even more important to act quickly.

At Kent’s Best Apartments, we offer affordable pet-friendly apartments to Kent State students and residents throughout the Kent, Ohio area. We have three locations, including Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace, and all apartments for rent accept dogs and cats. If you’re looking for off-campus student housing or need an affordable apartment in Kent, get in touch with us today to schedule a tour.

Tips For Cleaning Up Pet Urine and Solid Waste

Act Quickly

The first thing you want to do is get up as much of the mess as possible, and quickly. The longer it sits, the more the carpet or fabric will absorb, making it harder to remove. Use a plastic bag to pick up as much solid waste as possible and then use a paper towel to soak up as much urine. Do this before getting out any pet cleaning products.

Blot – Never Rub

It’s tempting to want to scrub at the carpet, but don’t. Just don’t. Blotting or dabbing at the mess will prevent pushing the stain even further into the carpet, which can cause irreparable damage to the fibers of the carpet. Use an absorbent cloth that will pick up any moisture or residue.

Avoid Using Too Much Cleaning Product

When using a cleaning product, whether it’s dish soap, vinegar and baking soda, or a product you purchased at the store, it’s important to avoid using too much. When you pour too much of a cleaning product on the carpet to get rid of the stain, all you’re really doing is making it so that you have to clean up the cleaning product. Instead, use a small amount of cleaner, blot at the stain, and work from the edge of the stain inward.

Rinse & Repeat

When you’ve gotten up as much of the stain as possible using a small amount of cleaner, give the area a good rinse. Spray the area with water and use a dry cloth to remove as much moisture as possible. If there is still a stain visible, use another small amount of cleaning solution and repeat the process. Rinse and clean until the stain is no longer visible. Just make sure to thoroughly rinse all of the cleaning product out of the carpet.

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Avoid Heat

Using water that is too hot can actually bond the stain to the fibers of the carpet. If you’re living in an apartment, the stain could eat into your security deposit, so be sure to use lukewarm or cold water instead. Cool water with a cleaning solution is the safest bet.

Having a pet is great, but there will always be times they have an accident. Whether it’s a tough mud stain, urine, or solid waste, remember to act quickly and do blot not scrub!

At Kent’s Best Apartments, we’re happy to accept dogs and cats at all of our locations, including Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace. For affordable, pet-friendly apartments for rent near Kent State, get in touch with our team today!